The View From Flyover Country

The View From Flyover Country

Dispatches From the Forgotten America

Book - 2018
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Offers a collection of essays on the state of America, including how labor exploitation, racism, gentrification, media bias, and other aspects of a post-employment economy have given rise to an autocrat leader.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2018
Characteristics: xv, 239 pages ; 21 cm
Edition: First Flatiron Books edition
ISBN: 9781250189998 (trade pbk.)
Call Number: 973.932 KENDZIOR

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_sfrvl_
Dec 14, 2018

Just a wonderful book describing the great divide in the USA between rich and poor - a divide that is getting bigger with Trump.

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Indoorcamping
Aug 18, 2018

I followed this brilliant, astute, insightful writer on twitter and even in 140 characters, there was magic in her words. This is like a collection of essays rounding out those brilliant observations. It's not new but it's noteworthy and timely, as she observed Trumpism before Trump. And the consequences are nasty, brutal, honest, hard, rough, and painful for those not in the winner-take-all top one percent, as evidenced by this brilliant collection of essays filled with research and facts to back it all up.

If you haven't read this sort of essay before, it's mind-blowing. If you have, it's easy to get through, easy to understand, easy to apply to what you see around you. I won't go into the subject matter much, as it's very topical if you're living in a struggling economy, if you have family that's struggling more, if you're noticing what's going on around you. You'll notice more after reading this, that's for sure. I think we call that eye-opening. This is a both eyes-opening book.

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voisjoe1_0
Jul 21, 2018

Essays written about the forgotten (or unknown) parts of America which were basically ignored or manipulated in the 2016 election. The essays disclose huge pockets of high unemployment, part-time unemployment, low salaries, no salaries, temporary employment, prohibitive college tuition, etc. One salient fact disclosed - American inequality has risen dramatically since the end of WWII such that the top 1% now own 40% of the nation's wealth while the bottom 80% own only 7% of the nation's wealth. Not disclosed in the essays is that since Reagan's election, Reagan, G. W. Bush, and Trump have all dramatically reduced taxes for the wealthy, actions that helped increase the top 1%'s share of the wealth from 22% to that 40%. And each time, after the tax cuts were made, the Republicans claimed they had to cut safety net programs and funding for education, etc. to reduce the deficit.

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Memawrayne
Jul 15, 2018

It was a little different than I expected based on an interview I saw with her. But she points out very clearly about the huge income difference and the opportunity differences in this country which hurt alot of people. I don't think these problems are just limited to the middle of the country. We need to all wake up and try to make changes for all Americans who experience these problems.

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krsbozo
Jul 10, 2018

A series of essays by the scholar, writer, and mother who lives in Missouri. She seems like an activist more than a journalist, and does a good job describing many of the ways the people living in the middle of the country have been wronged by the people with power and money. An indictment, really. Her language is poetic. Her anger seems sincere. I wonder why we only saw her on the national scene for a few short moments... is her message too difficult for us to hear?

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chrstphrbrwn
Jun 05, 2018

This is a collection of essays/articles written by the author between 2012 and 2014 and has been available as an e-book for a while now. Sarah Kendzior does a much better job than J.D. Vance of laying out the landscape of "how did we get here?" While Vance explores one facet of "the problem" and is more a tribute to his family as a memoir, Kendzior peels back the layers like and onion and relates each set of issues to the other presenting a broader view. The first few sections come off of as something that one may write in a reflective journal. Latter sections see much better analysis of the issues. Sections on higher education and media shine. If you like Kendzior's writing, more recent samples of her writing are referenced on her Twitter feed and offer more immediate consumption.

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Jun 05, 2018

chrstphrbrwn thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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