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The View from Flyover Country by Sarah Kendzior
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“...and in the eyes of the people there is the failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath. In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.”
― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

This book is a collection of essays written between 2012 and 2014 covering subjects including the collapse of the US economy, the loss of opportunities, the shrinking middle class, and the transformation of higher education into a debt trap by the super rich. While the book is focused mainly on 'flyover country' also called the mid-west or the 'rust belt' it will also ring true with those in such places as Williamsburg and Greenpoint Brooklyn, where gentrification has pushed out middle class families some of which had lived there for generations. The author successfully predicted the election of Donald Trump and each essay describes the angst that motivated disillusioned voters to cast their vote for him. To be sure, his populist rhetoric set fire to the simmering anger you could easily see at his rallies but populism is a plant that can only grow in a specific type of soil. These essays describe the soil in which his message took hold.
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Reading Progress

January 7, 2019 – Started Reading
January 7, 2019 – Shelved
January 9, 2019 – Shelved as: current-events
January 9, 2019 – Shelved as: politics
January 9, 2019 – Shelved as: social-commentary
January 9, 2019 – Shelved as: social-media
January 9, 2019 – Finished Reading

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