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What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Hear... by Thomas Frank
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Jul 05, 2011

did not like it
Read from May 22 to 27, 2012

I was really excited to read this book because I wanted to learn some cold hard non-fiction facts about the Republican party's success at recruiting middle-to-low income voters. While Frank did offer up ideas and suggestions from his hometown in Kansas, the narrative was more like a manifesto: (1) speculative feelings, (2) broad remarks, and (3) anecdotal stories. Hypocritically, Frank accused the conservatives of using 1, 2, and 3 instead of sociological or economic data. In the end, I agree with Frank's statements but he was less-than-convincing; again, this is ironic since he even talked about his time on his high school debate team.
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05/27/2012 page 161
48.0% "The book reads like a fireside chat with your drunk uncle. Although I'm sure some of Frank's arguments are objective, many seem speculative."
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message 1: by Robert (new)

Robert this one is good--enjoy


message 2: by Robert (new)

Robert I liked this book too. I still wonder why all these religious right people vote against their self interest. The Republican party elite is really run by the rich wing, not the religious wing.


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