50 States of Mind: A Journey to Rediscover American Democracy


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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.69 inches | 1.19 pounds

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About the Author

Ryan Bernsten is a graduate of Northwestern University and Oxford's Creative Writing Master's program. He has written for The Oxford Political Review, USA Today, The Infatuation, and The Trevor Project, where he is the Senior Managing Editor. Ryan is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been performed across the US and UK. ryanbernsten.com


"An endless adventure through the 50 states... it will go a long way to addressing many issues that we are currently facing. This book is a must-read."

Frank Mutuma, Readers' Favorite (starred review)

"If you are sadly convinced that our country is hopelessly divided along political and cultural lines, then I strongly urge you to read the book that is guaranteed to give you hope."

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

"What is America and who are the people who make up its heart and soul? In 50 States of Mind, Ryan Bernsten gives us a window into our vast complexity, how we are different and yet alike. In his journey through all 50 states, Bernsten talked to people from all walks of life and discovered a basic decency and love of country that prevailed in cities and towns across the nation. At a time of depressing headlines and news stories, 50 States of Mind provides a welcome antidote and restores hope that our country will be all right in the end."

Governor Christine Todd Whitman

"Any politician, whether aspiring or actively in office, would do well to heed the words of 50 States of Mind... the book's much-needed prescription for angst and depression provides hope and a sense of purpose to modern America's struggles which is largely missing from newspaper headlines, but encouragingly present in this book. It considers the influences that polarize America, the nation's hopeful possibilities, and the pulse of a people living, breathing, and interacting to create a new American story."

The Midwest Book Review

"... eye-opening to hyper-partisan Americans who need a reminder that they mostly like (and mostly are like) their neighbors. A chatty and engaging road trip into the many hearts of America."

Kirkus Reviews

"Soulful, refreshing, and surprisingly funny, 50 States of Mind cuts through the divisive noise of the political moment. By approaching those he meets with humility and a commitment to listening, Ryan creates a portrait of the country which shows that, at the end of the day, most Americans have the same goals: strong communities and hope for the future."

Jason Kander, former Missouri Secretary of State, U.S. Senate candidate, host of Majority 54 Podcast

"Ryan Bernsten's performance captures the clarity of his writing and the spark in his perspectives." - AudioFile magazine