What's the Matter with Kansas?

How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank

  • Published: Sep 01, 2020

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... read more

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Details of What's the Matter with Kansas?

Exact title of the book
What's the Matter with Kansas?
Book author
Thomas Frank
ISBN
9781593977351
Publisher
Macmillan Audio
Published
Sep 23, 2004
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
about 1200 kB

Some brief overview of book

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 unionFrank, 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 them by examining pop conservatismthe bestsellers, the radio talk shows, the vicious political combatand 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 analysisand funny to bootWhat'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

About author

Frank is the author of Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, What's the Matter with Kansas?, and One Market Under God. A former opinion columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and a monthly columnist for Harper's. He lives outside Washington, D.

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