Thomas Frank: Pity the Billionaire
From the bestselling author of What's the Matter with Kansas? a stunningly insightful and sardonic look at why the worst economy since the 1930s has incurred the inchoate wrath of tea party conservatism.
Economic catastrophe usually brings social protest and demands for change, but when Thomas Frank set out in 2009 to look for expressions of American discontent, all he could find were loud demands that the economic system be made even harsher on the recession's victims and that society's traditional winners be given even grander shares. The American Right, apparently moribund after the election of 2008, was peculiarly reinvigorated by the arrival of serious hard times. The Tea Party movement demanded not that we question the failed system (as the Occupy Movement insisted) but that we reaffirm our commitment to its worst excesses. Republicans in Congress embarked on
a grim strategy of total opposition to the liberal state.
In Pity the Billionaire Thomas Frank, wily chronicler of American paradox, examines the bizarre mechanism by which dire economic circumstances have delivered wildly unexpected political results. Using firsthand reporting, a deep knowledge of the American Right, and a wick sense of humor, he provides the first full diagnosis of our dangerous cultural malady.
"No one fools Thomas Frank, who is the sharpest, funniest, most intellectually voracious political commentator on the scenehe has written a brilliant expose of the most breathtaking ruse in American political history" Barbara Ehrenreich
"Pity the Billionaire? Hell. Pity us all." James K. Galbraith
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