What would political debate be like if it focused on issues that brought people together rather than, as now, separated them? The current debate is so torn by conflict that it is easy to believe nothing will bring the principal actors in American politics together. This pathbreaking book tells how a new "transpartisan" politics works and why it is not only possible, but necessary to solve major global problems from public school reform to race, from health care policy to energy and the environment to the large and growing challenges of international security. In rethinking many economic, political and even cultural issues, the authers argue that the current debate conceals huge areas of agreement between people normally thought to be political adversaries. They outline a new political agenda for the 130 million registered independent and non-registered potential voters and also for many other voters who actively participate in current politics but are deeply unhappy with it. It is an agenda that encourages people to think about issues in new ways and that will bring people together at this fragile moment in our history.