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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (629 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Frank Narrator: Thomas Frank Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the best-selling 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.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joan | 2/20/2014

    " Thomas Frank is very clever and intelligent but like many political non-fiction books this is looping, repetitive and though short feels stretched to make a book vs. an in depth artilce. Also it is ultimately depressing. His conclusion is that America is doomed to a civil and economic downward spiral. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Fran Caparrelli | 2/17/2014

    " Everyone should read this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nick Lloyd | 1/21/2014

    " Perhaps a bit angrier than his great work, What's The Matter With Kansas?, Frank's latest book is a thorough and sometimes humorous look at the rise of the Tea Party. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tena | 1/12/2014

    " While I understand his pain, I am not enthused about this book; which is more like a rant than a book anyway. "

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