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Why An Expert In Political Violence Is Worried About Civil War In The U.S.

In the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, academics and journalists have taken the possibility of future political violence in America increasingly serious. In her new book, “How Civil Wars Start: And How To Stop Them,” Barbara F. Walter writes, “We are closer to civil war than any of us would like to believe.” It’s a bold suggestion, and we interrogate it in this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast.

Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.


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