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Dying of Whiteness

How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland
Narrated by: Jamie Renell
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
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A physician reveals how right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences - even for the white voters they promise to help.

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Esquire and the Boston Globe.

In the era of Donald Trump, many lower- and middle-class white Americans are drawn to politicians who pledge to make their lives great again. But as Dying of Whiteness shows, the policies that result actually place white Americans at ever-greater risk of sickness and death.

Physician Jonathan M. Metzl's quest to understand the health implications of "backlash governance" leads him across America's heartland. Interviewing a range of everyday Americans, he examines how racial resentment has fueled progun laws in Missouri, resistance to the Affordable Care Act in Tennessee, and cuts to schools and social services in Kansas. And he shows these policies' costs: increasing deaths by gun suicide, falling life expectancies, and rising dropout rates. White Americans, Metzl argues, must reject the racial hierarchies that promise to aid them but in fact lead our nation to demise.

©2019 Jonathan M. Metzl (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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Fascinating and intriguing

Great book lots to think about. Im recommending to friends and will probably read again.

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Listening to lots of large numbers is way less effective than reading them. I could not make sense of them. Perhaps if the reader slowed down it mihjt be possible to follow better.

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Excellent, but

This book appeared to be very well researched, and provided the support for things that I had assumed during this period of political confusion. While I was interested in the topic throughout, the problem is that I feared the book would not be read by those who need to read it the most. I remain hopeful that rationality will prevail and that work of progressive mindswill not simply preach to the choir.