BARODA — Earlier this year, Baroda resident William G. Hurst self-published a book, “Our Great Political Divide: Causes, Impacts and Prospects.”

“After the improbable presidential election of 2016, I needed to understand the mindset of my neighbors, who I felt had drifted from centrist politics to populist extremes, in supporting both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump,” he wrote in a description of the book. “I heard constant disillusionment with our democracy, and resentment from my fellow citizens about elites who they felt were not concerned with them.