Is America still great or has the country lost its way? That’s the question that helped launch the long-running Associated Press series, "Divided America," whose 26 stories have been gathered in a new e-book.
Through stories focused on the daily lives of ordinary Americans, "Divided America: An AP Guide to the Fracturing of a Nation" reveals the tensions and issues underlying the tumultuous 2016 U.S. presidential election, while going beyond the politics of the moment to ask: How will Americans face continued challenges well after a new president has been chosen?
"The forces that have led us to this era of political volatility are not only ideological. They are cultural, social and more than anything, economic," said Brian Carovillano, AP's vice president of U.S. news. "AP journalists fanned out into communities across the country to better understand these forces and 'Divided America' is the result of that reporting. We are really proud of this work, which is enduring and important journalism."
Each story in the e-book features images taken by AP’s award-winning photographers.
The "Divided America" series began in June. The e-book also includes personal reflections from AP journalists that provide additional insight into the lives of those they profiled over a period of several months.
Proceeds from each purchase of the e-book will support the efforts of the National Freedom of Information Coalition in protecting the right to an open government and advocating for accessibility and transparency, especially at the state and local levels.
"The National Freedom of Information Coalition works every day to make certain public records stay that way, and that people have open access to the democratic processes in their state," said Mal Leary, president of the coalition's board. "We are humbled to have AP's support in keeping state government open, by means of this project."
"Divided America" is available now for $2.99 exclusively on Amazon.