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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One of "our most insightful social observers"* cracks the great political mystery of our time: how conservatism, once a marker of class privilege, became the creed of millions of ordinary Americans With his acclaimed wit and acuity, Thomas Frank turns his eye on what he calls the "thirty-year backlash"-the populist revolt against a supposedly liberal establishment. The high point of that backlash is the Republican Party's success in building the most unnatural of alliances: between blue-collar Midwesterners and Wall Street business interests, workers and bosses, populists and right-wingers.In asking "what 's the matter with Kansas?"-how a place famous for its radicalism became one of the most conservative states in the union-Frank, a native Kansan and onetime Republican, seeks to answer some broader American riddles: Why do so many of us vote against our economic interests? Where's the outrage at corporate manipulators? And whatever happened to middle-American progressivism? The questions are urgent as well as provocative. Frank answers themby examining pop conservatism-the bestsellers, the radio talk shows, the vicious political combat-and showing how our long culture wars have left us with an electorate far more concerned with their leaders' "values" and down-home qualities than with their stands on hard questions of policy.A brilliant analysis-and funny to boot- What's the Matter with Kansas? presents a critical assessment of who we are, while telling a remarkable story of how a group of frat boys, lawyers, and CEOs came to convince a nation that they spoke on behalf of the People. * Los Angeles Times
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805073393
Characteristics: 306 p. : map ; 22 cm.


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Jul 30, 2018

Well written and insightful. And the author is a local boy who has made good! Worth reading to understand our present political situation.

May 22, 2018

Terrific book. Really puts what we're seeing now into perspective based on the history of the state and our various factions. Very much worth reading.

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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