Mar 06, 12
Read from February 24 to March 06, 2012
Thomas Frank frustrates me. I really want to like his books, but I end up feeling lukewarm about them in spite of myself. It's not that I disagree with his agreements or conclusions, it is mostly that he really doesn't give me anything that I didn't already know or feel.
The typical strain in his book, and this one in particular, is to take a quote from some source, make a sweeping generalization about it, and then draw a conclusion. Again, I often agree with the generalization and the conclusion, but the method of reaching it leaves me no more confident in how well-founded our shared beliefs are than when I entered the book.
On the other hand, a pure rhetorical argument has its place. If you agree with Mr. Frank, you will find yourself nodding in agreement but not much to help you understand why.