The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America
A collection of penetrating essays about life in an America of dwindling opportunity—from the St. Louis–based journalist often credited with first predicting Donald Trump’s presidential victory.
St. Louis–based writer and expert in authoritarian states, Sarah Kendzior, has been called “a political heavyweight” and “a Cassandra in Trumpland.” In 2015, she collected the e...more
Sarah Kendzior’s collection of essays is a must if you want to understand how this country ended up with Trump.
Highly highly recommended!
I’ve not been on Goodreads for awhile. I should have recommended this book and Sarah’s podcast long ago. If you haven’t read i ...more
"This is the view of the other America, from flyover country, the places and people often
ignored...... This is the view from flyover country, where the rich are less rich and the
the poor are more poor and everyone has fewer things to lose."
This book, 'The View From Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America' by Sarah Kendzior, is a collection of essays which she wrote between 2012-2014 for Al Jazeera. S ...more
Sarah Kendzior ended up being my canary in a coal mine when it came to a recent large-scale political event. Or more accurately she was my Cassandra; I unfollowed her on twitter for a while before that event because I thought she was being too alarmist. Turns out, she was 100% correct. We can only hope h ...more
When I revisited the book in November 2016, I wanted to understand how the United States elected Trump and what history predicts for our near future. I found that the essays were le ...more
I read this on my Kindle app, which allowed me to share some of the highlights here on GR - take a peek at Kendzior's writing.
Sarah Kendzior has been blogging, writing, and working as a journalist since the early 2010s. Her book, The View from Flyover Country, gained prominence after the 2016 election because of her insightful tweets about the rise of the 45th President. Clearly, I’m just getting around to reading it, three years later.
The essays in the book reflect Kendzior’s perspectives and the issues she cares about. One element she discusses regula ...more
For folks that follow the author's ongoing ...more
But the essay that hit hardest? It was the final Coda to the collection, written last September. It's a love story to living in Flyove ...more
But Trump wasn’t born in a vacuum, and many of the problems facing Americans were problems long before Trump assumed the presidency. Granted, he hasn’t made them any better and, in fact, ...more
I came across Sarah Kendzior as a result of her writings on Donald Trump and the media's role in the 2106 Presidential campaign. She spoke with a distinctive and clear voice that resolutely and repeatedly punctured the hot air balloon of what was being reported in the conventional mainstream media.
This book is collection of essays in which she captures for the reader a grounded, middle-American (that is, n ...more
Also, I know these were all originally published e ...more
I liked Kendzior when I have seen her on a number of TV shows discussing the rise of Trump.
So I was really looking forward to reading this book and getting a deep dive into how "flyover country" thinks and why it voted for Trump. No such thing happened. This is book reads like a series of poorly edited blog posts, with lots of repetition between chapters, that mostly whines about how hard it is to get a real job as a millennial, especially as someone with higher-academic degr ...more
She often rails against meritocracy, academia and internship programs - with good reason - while she doesn't offer alternatives. I struggle to understand why universities continue to produce Ph.Ds at high rates, while so many have trouble ...more
They did not.
The book is essentially a series of blog post-length essays, many of which contain similar phrases that make the book feel terribly repetitive. Her focus seems not to center on the demographics typically associated with Trump voters, but ironically the oppo ...more
This book's success has an interesting trajectory, p ...more
This book is a bit unpleasant to read. The author’s elbows are sharp and her prose can be acerbic. But she’s right: It doesn’t matter what we think. It matters only ...more
I was very disappointed with the book. I anticipated thoughtful reflections, somehow organized, into the heart and soul of St Louis and the Midwest. Given that the subtitle is "Dispatches from the Forg ...more