Probably not. Thomas Frank is a decent writer with a wonderful vocabulary and solid research. Unfortunately he's too one-sided and pretentious for my taste. He seems to be interested in talking down to everyone and comes off as quite pompous at times.
This is a situation again where an author really should hire a profession voice over artist. He's clearly passionate about his material but at so many points he seemed like he was too eccentric, too sarcastic. He seemed like the dictionary definition of a "whiny liberal". So many time when talking to conservatives they go on about the "liberal elite" and how so many liberals think they're better than everyone else and smarter. This reading pretty much summed that up. Unless you desperately hate republicans and the business class, I think that you might find this a bit distasteful.
A decent book. I agree with the premise and found some of the points very interesting. It was just a little to "over-the-top" for me.
Although I mostly enjoyed the overall thesis of this book, the delivery was that of a sports' announcer hyping everything at the top of his voice. I am suspicious of anyone/anything that requires shouting to make a point. By trying to ignore that part of the presentation, it was mostly interesting.
This should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand the financial mess we are in and the incomprehensible response by the tea party. It is written in clear easy to understand English and explains how the monied interests of the far right coopted the rage of people and created a ridiculous call for deregulation in response to a mess created by lack of regulation over the greed of Wall Street.
The author does not let the democrats off the hook either as he explains their lack of courage and inability to create a narrative that grabbed the attention of the common man.
Followed the mess from start to current in a well constructed, researched, and factual rendition.
His enthusiasm comes across throughout the book. His way of questioning the response by the public comes across in his tone.
Pity the Billionaire or How I Learned to Hate the Liberals who did not create this mess in the first place.
Wish the crowd that lives in the Fox News Bubble would take a break from that far right propaganda and read some fact based insight into the mess we are in.
Jumps on his bed while licking the bottom of one foot. He persists in this life affirming act despite interference from the head nurse.
This is a political rant from start to finish. Forget buying it. Granted it was penned by a highly educated fellow with a large vocabulary, but that is not justification enough to call such a flow of nasty mouthings a book. I saw Mr. Frank give a presentation on C-Span and became interested in his writing--enough to buy his book. He made some genuine points on TV. But like people say about coffee, too bad it doesn't taste the way it smells. In his text, any real substance gets lost in a river of prissy, unfunny bon mots on the imbecility of the Republican party, and the treachery of big business. Granted that Republicans are indeed imbeciles, and that big business has the morality of a praying mantis, there is still hardly a word said against Democrats who, after all, are imbeciles every bit as large in magnitude. Insight takes a backseat to the author's own political leaning and his love of writing vitriolic phrases. "Walk on By."
This was a good book on the current political culture. Frank always does a good job of analyizing the current political and cultural norms.