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Date:
April 17, 2019
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Time Details:
6:30 PM
Address:
Mezzanine Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library
120 S Last Chance Gulch

Helena, MT 59601
Contact:
406-447-6681
Cost:
Free and open to the public. Copies available at the Information Desk.
whats the matter with kansas
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Civics Book Group Discusses "What's Wrong with Kansas?" by Thomas Frank

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Hailed as "dazzlingly insightful and wonderfully sardonic" (Chicago Tribune), "very funny and very painful" (San Francisco Chronicle), and "in a different league from most political books" (The New York Observer), What's the Matter with Kansas? unravels the great political mystery of our day: Why do so many Americans vote against their economic and social interests? With his acclaimed wit and acuity, Thomas Frank answers the riddle by examining his home state, Kansas-a place once famous for its radicalism that now ranks among the nation's most eager participants in the culture wars. Charting what he calls the "thirty-year backlash"-the popular revolt against a supposedly liberal establishment-Frank reveals how conservatism, once a marker of class privilege, became the creed of millions of ordinary Americans.

A brilliant analysis-and funny to boot-What's the Matter with Kansas? is a vivid portrait of an upside-down world where blue-collar patriots recite the Pledge while they strangle their life chances; where small farmers cast their votes for a Wall Street order that will eventually push them off their land; and where a group of frat boys, lawyers, and CEOs has managed to convince the country that it speaks on behalf of the People. -amazon.com