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

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

Thomas Frank

With a brand new Afterword by means of the Author

The long island Times bestseller, praised as "hilariously humorous . . . the single solution to comprehend why such a lot of americans have made up our minds to vote opposed to their very own fiscal and political pursuits" (Molly Ivins)

Hailed as "dazzlingly insightful and fantastically sardonic" (Chicago Tribune), "very humorous and extremely painful" (San Francisco Chronicle), and "in a unique league from such a lot political books" (The long island Observer), What's the problem with Kansas? unravels the nice political secret of our day: Why accomplish that many americans vote opposed to their fiscal and social pursuits? along with his acclaimed wit and acuity, Thomas Frank solutions the riddle by means of interpreting his domestic nation, Kansas-a position as soon as recognized for its radicalism that now ranks one of the nation's such a lot keen members within the tradition wars. Charting what he calls the "thirty-year backlash"-the renowned insurrection opposed to a supposedly liberal establishment-Frank unearths how conservatism, as soon as a marker of sophistication privilege, turned the creed of hundreds of thousands of standard Americans.

A amazing analysis-and humorous to boot-What's the problem with Kansas? is a vibrant portrait of an upside-down global the place blue-collar patriots recite the Pledge whereas they strangle their lifestyles probabilities; the place small farmers forged their votes for a Wall highway order that may finally push them off their land; and the place a gaggle of frat boys, attorneys, and CEOs has controlled to persuade the rustic that it speaks on behalf of the People.

Show sample text content

Download sample