What's the Matter With Kansas?

What's the Matter With Kansas?

How Conservatives Won the Heart of America

Book - 2004
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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 amarker 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.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2004.
ISBN: 9780805077742
Branch Call Number: 978.1033 FRANK T
Characteristics: x, 306 pages : map ; 22 cm.


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This is a history of conservative politics in Kansas. Also checkout the related documentary with the same title.

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Jan 05, 2014

I have always seen myself as a republician. I really enjoyed this book as I am very open minded to "the other side". Many, many things that he said in the book I can relate to. Considering I currently live in the area that he grew up in, I can also have a very clear mental picture of the area he discribes.
I hope that both sides would be willing to read this book.
In alot of his examples I can see where the "BIG BUSINESS" is truely about the almighty dollar. Also that the current republician party is very fractured and that as he stated are
just angry and unwilling to offer a fix.


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