Pity the billionaire : the hard times swindle and the unlikely comeback of the Right / Thomas Frank.Material type: TextPublisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Co., ©2012Edition: 1st edDescription: x, 225 pages ; 22 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780805093698 (hbk.); 0805093699 (hbk.)Subject(s): United States -- Politics and government -- 2009- | Political culture -- United States -- History -- 21st century | Conservatism -- United States -- History -- 21st century | Global Financial Crisis, 2008-2009 -- Political aspects -- United States | Global Financial Crisis, 2008-2009 -- Social aspects -- United States | United States -- Economic conditions -- 2009- | United States -- Social conditions -- 21st century | Rich people -- United States -- Public opinion -- History -- 21st century | Free enterprise -- United States -- Public opinion -- History -- 21st century | Public opinion -- United States -- History -- 21st centuryDDC classification: 973.932 LOC classification: E907 | .F72 2012
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A look at why the worst economy since the 1930s has brought about the revival of conservatism.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-209) and index.
Introduction: Signs and wonders -- End times -- 1929 : the sequel -- Hold the note and change the key -- Nervous system -- Making a business of it -- A mask for privilege -- Mimesis -- Say, don't you remember -- He whom a dream hath possessed knoweth no more of doubting -- The silence of the technocrats -- Conclusion: Trample the weak.
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Library Journal ReviewFrank (columnist, Harper's magazine; What's the Matter with Kansas?) continues his investigation of our country's rightward turn. The 2008 financial meltdown gave rise to the grassroots Tea Party movement: How could a major failure of unbridled capitalism result in a movement supporting...more capitalism? Frank examines this phenomenon by combing through the websites, publications, and TV shows popular with Tea Partiers and tries, sometimes desperately, to find coherence among their grievances. He pays much attention to former Fox News host Glenn Beck, whose combination of conspiracy theorizing, boyish charm, and old-fashioned hucksterism has made him a superstar to this crowd. The resurgent popularity of the late libertarian author Ayn Rand, whose novels and philosophical writings have influenced more politicians today (e.g., Ron Paul, Paul Ryan) than at any other time since their original publication, also merits attention from Frank. VERDICT This is a smart, thorough, and funny examination of the political mood of the Obama era and the future implications of this peculiar episode in American history. Politically liberal readers looking to arm themselves with useful information for the upcoming election season will enjoy this book. [See Prepub Alert, 7/18/11.]-Brett Rohlwing, Milwaukee P.L. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Author notes provided by SyndeticsThomas Frank is the author of Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, What's the Matter with Kansas, One Market Under God and others.
Frank is a former opinion columnist for The Wall Street Journal and is the founding editor of The Baffler and a monthly columnist for Harper's.
(Bowker Author Biography)