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Publisher's Summary

"A collection of sharp-edged, humanistic pieces about the American heartland.... Passionate pieces that repeatedly assail the inability of many to empathize and to humanize." (Kirkus)

A groundbreaking audiobook from the St. Louis-based journalist often credited with first predicting Donald Trump’s presidential victory.

In 2015, Sarah Kendzior collected the essays she reported for Al Jazeera and published them as The View from Flyover Country, which became a best seller and garnered praise from readers around the world. Now, The View from Flyover Country is being released with an updated introduction and epilogue that reflect on the ways that the Trump presidency was the certain result of the realities first captured in Kendzior’s essays.

A clear-eyed account of the realities of life in America’s overlooked heartland, The View from Flyover Country is a piercing critique of the labor exploitation, race relations, gentrification, media bias, and other aspects of the post-employment economy that gave rise to a president who rules like an autocrat. The View from Flyover Country is necessary listening for anyone who believes that the only way for America to fix its problems is to first discuss them with honesty and compassion.

©2018 Sarah Kendzior (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“Please put everything aside and try to get ahold of Sarah Kendzior’s collected essays, The View from Flyover Country. I have rarely come across writing that is as urgent and beautifully expressed. What makes Kendzior’s writing so truly important is [that] it...documents where the problem lies, by somebody who lives there.” (The Wire)

“Sarah Kendzior is as harsh and tenacious a critic of the Trump administration as you’ll find. She isn’t some new kid on the political block or a controversy machine.... Rather she is a widely published journalist and anthropologist who has spent much of her life studying authoritarianism.” (Columbia Tribune)

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Repetitive

This book of essays has been marketed as potentially enlightening readers on the rise of the Trump cult. It does not. Most of the essays were written years before the Trump phenomenon, and although they give insight as to the decay contained in end stage capitalism, they offer no explanation as to why Trump did so well in fly over country. In fact the title is a misnomer because little of the book has anything to do with flyover country. If you want a good perspective on what happened to flyover country, read "Whatever happened to Kansas." Much more enlightening. Further, the essay collection could have used heavy editing. They are very repetitive and I got tired of the same point being made about unpaid internships and adjunct faculty ad nauseam. Once was enough. I'm smart enough to get it. Finally, the author reads this and the performance is dismal: lacking in passion or any affect and poorly articulated. She drops her letter "t" repeatedly. Forgotten becomes "forgo-en", Clinton becomes "Clin-en". Very annoying. I don't recommend this book.

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Good points outweighed by outdated essays and poor

Most of this book is outdated. Narrator speaks in a singsong monotone. Waste of time.

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The cataracts fall from our eyes. Sarah’s description of our country’s economic landscape is so vivid one can’t help but see where we have arrived and who we have become

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Rarely may a writer read their own...

This is no exception. This whole package is a shame, sham for that matter. Steer clear. Wow.

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Title and subject matter don’t align

A bit deceptive. While the beginning is quite interesting even for people who don’t share the authors far leftist beliefs, the middle trails off on essays about adjunct professors and perils of publishing journals. Later essays focus on partisan name calling and anger over the election without trying emphasizing the actual reasons that people in the Midwest feel forgotten such as the gradual loss of opportunities, industry and voice of those of us in the Midwest.

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