High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out

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Simon & Schuster
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5.5 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
Amanda Ripley is the New York Times bestselling author of The Smartest Kids in the World, High Conflict, and The Unthinkable. She writes for The Atlantic, Politico, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications
"Insightful and enthralling...with a scrupulous eye for scientific evidence that is rare in a book this entertaining, Ripley also explains how it is possible for hardened combatants to leave behind the conflicts that once defined the core of their identity." -- New York Times Book Review
"Amanda Ripley has combined skilled reporting, deep research, and riveting storytelling into a stellar work about an urgent topic. At a moment when too many Americans are at each other's throats, this is the book our country needs." - Daniel H. Pink, author of When, Drive, and To Sell is Human

"Rarely have I read a book as downright clairvoyant as High Conflict. While most of us were raging at the rage in our culture, Amanda Ripley composed a lucid, compulsively readable roadmap to a world in which we can live with one another again. Honestly, I'll never argue the same way again." - Evan Osnos, National Book Award winning author of Joe Biden

"Ripley brilliantly illuminates the forces driving us to build impenetrable walls between ourselves and differing others, as well as the forces empowering us to build bridges over those walls. The lessons couldn't be more captivating or timely." -- Robert Cialdini, author of Influence and Pre-Suasion

"This is one of the most important books that will be published in 2021. The COVID vaccine will soon free humanity from a biological pandemic, and this book, if widely read, could free humanity from an equally deadly scourge-- high conflict." - Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, NYU-Stern School of Business, author of The Righteous Mind, co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind

"The unforgettable stories in this book show how even people who disagree profoundly can still connect with one another and make progress. A book to give you confidence in the future." - Omar Epps

"A brilliant book that reveals how poisonous showdowns work. But more than just highlighting the problems, Ripley's book also provides solutions. Equally valuable in our personal lives, as in navigating the polarized time we're living in." - Jonah Berger, New York Times bestselling author of The Catalyst and Contagious

"Amanda Ripley shows that the same minds that get us into bitter tribal battles can get us out of them. Via riveting stories in diverse settings--urban gangland, a war-torn central American nation, fractious municipal politics--Ripley proves that happy endings can happen in real life." - Robert Wright, New York Times bestselling author of Why Buddhism is True
"The fascinating stories, global history, and dialogue from local politics Ripley includes keep the book moving at a brisk pace... Readers interested in conflict management and negotiation and the decision-making process will be intrigued as Ripley thoughtfully explains the intensities and nuances of conflict, and the crux of high conflict in any setting." -- Booklist

"A revealing study of 'high conflict, ' the intractable sort that seems to be running like a virus through American society... Ripley's observations are provocative, and she introduces us to ideas of mediation and problem-solving that would make many people less miserable if put into practice... Students of mediation, social psychology, and conflict resolution will find much of value here."-- Kirkus Reviews

"Illuminating. Amanda takes us around the world to understand how people learn to stop demonizing the other side and start agreeing to disagree productively. I think it should be required reading for everyone in politics and the media--and for anyone who's had a squabble with a colleague or a blowup at a family gathering." -- Adam Grant (LinkedIn)