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What's the Matter with Kansas? : How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
by Thomas Frank




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With a New Afterword by the Author

The New York Times bestseller, praised as hilariously funny . . . the only way to understand why so many Americans have decided to vote against their own economic and political interests -(Molly Ivins)

Hailed as dazzlingly insightful and wonderfully sardonic (Chicago Tribune), very funny and very painful (San Francisco Chronicle), and in a different league from most political books (The New York Observer), What's the Matter with Kansas? unravels the great political mystery of our day: Why do so many Americans vote against their economic and social interests? With his acclaimed wit and acuity, Thomas Frank answers the riddle by examining his home state, Kansas-a place once famous for its radicalism that now ranks among the nation's most eager participants in the culture wars. Charting what he calls the thirty-year backlash-the popular revolt against a supposedly liberal establishment-Frank reveals how conservatism, once a marker of class privilege, became the creed of millions of ordinary Americans.

A brilliant analysis-and funny to boot-What's the Matter with Kansas? is a vivid portrait of an upside-down world where blue-collar patriots recite the Pledge while they strangle their life chances; where small farmers cast their votes for a Wall Street order that will eventually push them off their land; and where a group of frat boys, lawyers, and CEOs has managed to convince the country that it speaks on behalf of the People.

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Overview

With a New Afterword by the Author

The New York Times bestseller, praised as hilariously funny . . . the only way to understand why so many Americans have decided to vote against their own economic and political interests -(Molly Ivins)

Hailed as dazzlingly insightful and wonderfully sardonic (Chicago Tribune), very funny and very painful (San Francisco Chronicle), and in a different league from most political books (The New York Observer), What's the Matter with Kansas? unravels the great political mystery of our day: Why do so many Americans vote against their economic and social interests? With his acclaimed wit and acuity, Thomas Frank answers the riddle by examining his home state, Kansas-a place once famous for its radicalism that now ranks among the nation's most eager participants in the culture wars. Charting what he calls the thirty-year backlash-the popular revolt against a supposedly liberal establishment-Frank reveals how conservatism, once a marker of class privilege, became the creed of millions of ordinary Americans.

A brilliant analysis-and funny to boot-What's the Matter with Kansas? is a vivid portrait of an upside-down world where blue-collar patriots recite the Pledge while they strangle their life chances; where small farmers cast their votes for a Wall Street order that will eventually push them off their land; and where a group of frat boys, lawyers, and CEOs has managed to convince the country that it speaks on behalf of the People.


 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780805077742
  • ISBN-10: 080507774X
  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • Publish Date: May 2005
  • Page Count: 336
  • Dimensions: 8.26 x 5.6 x 0.97 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds


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