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    DescriptionWith 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 a marker 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.


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    Title
    What's the Matter with Kansas?
    Subtitle
    How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Frank
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780805077742
    ISBN 10: 080507774X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JPFM, HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JPHC
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    Ingram Subject Code: HS
    B&T General Subject: 650
    Libri: I-HS
    BISAC V2.8: POL040000, HIS036010
    Ingram Theme: CULT/UPMIDW, CHRN/1950
    B&T Approval Code: A40363200
    Ingram Theme: CULT/HEARLN, GEOG/KANSAS
    BISAC V2.8: POL042020
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: C8
    DC21: 978.1
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 978.1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 978.1/033
    LC classification: F686.2 .F73 2005
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: A42404510
    BISAC region code: 4.0.1.4.4.0.0
    Thema V1.0: JPF, NHTB, NHK, WQH
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    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Holt McDougal
    Imprint name
    Holt McDougal
    Publication date
    01 May 2005
    Author Information
    Thomas 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.C.
    Review quote
    What op-ed writers across the political spectrum have said about Thomas Frank and "What's the Matter with Kansas?" "The best political book of the year." -Nicholas Kristof, T"he New York Times," November 3, 2004 "Frank is a formidable controversialist-imagine Michael Moore with a trained brain and an intellectual conscience." -George F. Will, "The Washington Post," July 8, 2004 "Brilliant." -Barbara Ehrenreich, "The New York Times," July 1, 2004 "Mr. Frank re-injects economic-class issues into the debate with sardonic vehemence." -Jerome Weeks, "The Dallas Morning News," June 27, 2004 "A searing piece of work . . . one of the most important political writings in years." "-The Boston Globe" "Dazzlingly insightful and wonderfully sardonic . . . Frank has made much sense of the world in this book." "-Chicago Tribune" "Impassioned, compelling . . . Frank's books mark him as one of the most insightful thinkers of the twenty-first century, four years into it." "-Houston Chronicle" "Very funny and very painful . . . Add another literary gold star after Thomas Frank's name." " -San Francisco Chronicle"