Pity the Billionaire

The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right
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Audio (5.78 hours)
Product Number: Z100125023
Released: Jun 01, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427214768
Narrator/s: Thomas Frank
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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From the bestselling author of What's the Matter with Kansas?, a wonderfully insightful and sardonic look at how the worst economy since the 1930s has brought about the revival of conservatism Economic catastrophe usually brings social protest and demands for change-or at least it's supposed to. 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 receive even grander prizes. The American right, which had seemed moribund after the election of 2008, was strangely reinvigorated by the arrival of hard times. The Tea Party movement demanded not that we question the failed system but that we reaffirm our commitment to it. Republicans in Congress embarked on a bold strategy of total opposition to the liberal state. And TV phenom Glenn Beck demonstrated the commercial potential of heroic paranoia and the purest libertarian economics. In Pity the Billionaire, Frank, the great chronicler of American paradox, examines the peculiar mechanism by which dire economic circumstances have delivered wildly unexpected political results. Using firsthand reporting, a deep knowledge of the American right, and a wicked sense of humor, he gives us the first full diagnosis of the cultural malady that has transformed collapse into profit, reconceived the Founding Fathers as heroes from an Ayn Rand novel, and enlisted the powerless in a fan club for the prosperous. What it portends is ominous for both our economic health and our democracy.

Author(s): Thomas Frank
Original Publish Date: Jan 03, 2012

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Author(s): Thomas Frank
Product Number EB00094964
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN: #9781429973083

Professional reviews

"Thomas Frank is outraged, dumbfounded, and utterly fuming about the current political climate in the wake of the financial crisis. Frank, a political commentator and author, does not sound like a professional narrator, but his knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject matter are immediately evident to listeners. The result is not unlike listening to a political pundit on television. While drama and a sense of urgency propel the work, it is certainly informative and entertaining due to his no-holds-barred approach. Subjects covered include the rise of the Tea Party, how the rich have managed to garner sympathy in the wake of the financial crisis, and why the Democrats have come up short. S.E.G. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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