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Transpartisan Theory & Background – Reading List


Key Books

  • Lawrence Chickering & James Turner, Voice of the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life
  • Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, Bring Citizen Voices to the Table
  • Ralph Nader, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State
  • William Ury, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In
  • Charles Wheelan, The Centrist Manifesto
  • Linda Killian, The Swing Vote
  • Jaqueline S. Salit, Independents Rising: Outsider Movements, Third Parties, and the Struggle for a Post-Partisan America
  • Erik Fogg & Nathaniel Greene, Wedged: How You Became a Tool of the Partisan Political Establishment, and How to Start Thinking for Yourself Again.
  • Bill Shireman, Innovation Nation: Toward A Right-Left Alliance to Unleash America’s Creative Capacity and Entrepreneurial Energy
  • Ray LaHood, Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics
  • Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind

Other Reading

  • Mark Andreas, Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree
  • E.J. Dionne, Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent
  • Mickey Edwards, The Parties versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans
  • Richard Harwood, The Work of Hope: How Individuals and Organizations Can Authentically Do Good
  • Mike Lofgren, The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted
  • Thomas Mann & Norman Ornstein, It Even Worse than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism
  • George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
  • Parker Palmer, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit
  • Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman, Nation On The Take
  • Hedrick Smith, Who Stole the American Dream?
  • William Ury,
    • The Third Side: Why We Fight and How We Can Stop
    • The Power of a Positive No: Save the Deal, Save the Relationship, and Still Say No
  • Ken Wilber, A Brief History of Everything

Books By Mark Gerzon


Reunited States of America
This book, at its core, is about what has made America great—and how we can restore that greatness if we seize the opportunities before us. On the Great Seal of the Unites States it says Our country’s motto is E pluribus unum—“out of many, one”—but you’d never know it now.

Gerzon describes how transpartisan activists all over the country—Republicans, Democrats, and independents—are finding common ground on some of the most divisive and difficult issues we face today: abortion, gun control, sex education, defense spending, prison reform, and more.


Global Citizens
Global Citizens, published by Rider Books in London, is being recognized by readers and critics around the world as the first vivid, flesh-and-blood portrait of this emerging global movement.

Download: Introduction (317.55 KB)
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Leading Through Conflict
Leading Through Conflict: How Successful Leaders Transform Differences into Opportunities.
Author: Mark Gerzon Published by: Harvard Business School Press 2006


A House Divided
House Divided: Six Belief Systems Struggling for America’s Soul
Author: Mark Gerzon Published by: Putnam’s Sons 1996


Leadership is Global
Leadership is Global: Co-creating a More Humane and Sustainable World
Developed by the Global Leadership Network, a network of several dozen diverse global leadership practitioners committed to a peaceful and sustainable world discovering a common voice and shared vision. 2007


More Resources

Moving Beyond Debate: Start a Dialogue

Sep 26th 2008, 3:12pm

Interview with Mark Gerzon in Designing Media
Feb 7th 2010, 4:54pm

“Transpartisan” Definition