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From the prophetic author of the now-classic What’s the Matter with Kansas? and Listen, Liberal, an eye-opening account of populism, the most important - and misunderstood - movement of our time.

Rarely does a work of history contain startling implications for the present, but in The People, No, Thomas Frank pulls off that explosive effect by showing us that everything we think we know about populism is wrong. Today "populism" is seen as a frightening thing, a term pundits use to describe the racist philosophy of Donald Trump and European extremists. But this is a mistake. 

The real story of populism is an account of enlightenment and liberation; it is the story of American democracy itself, of its ever-widening promise of a decent life for all. Taking us from the tumultuous 1890s, when the radical left-wing Populist Party - the biggest mass movement in American history - fought Gilded Age plutocrats to the reformers’ great triumphs under Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, Frank reminds us how much we owe to the populist ethos. Frank also shows that elitist groups have reliably detested populism, lashing out at working-class concerns. The anti-populist vituperations by the Washington centrists of today are only the latest expression.

Frank pummels the elites, revisits the movement’s provocative politics, and declares true populism to be the language of promise and optimism. The People, No is a ringing affirmation of a movement that, Frank shows us, is not the problem of our times, but the solution for what ails us.

A Macmillan Audio production from Metropolitan Books

©2020 Thomas Frank (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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I need something more reasoned

I’ve listened to a chapter or two, and the writing is turning into a kind of ranting. I would like something reasoned to address why “populism” is mistaken. I could use something like that, because I don’t like populism (as I understand it), and I’m trying to investigate changing my mind. This doesn’t sound reasoned, and I don’t have to listen to it.

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A must read but only a good listen

I absolutely love this book. Eye opening in many ways cliff notes in others and essential reading for anyone who cares about this country. that being said mr. Frank is not the best narrator. he has a tendency to add emphasis in areas that make it sound strange. his inflection is often distracting and sometimes misleading. what I mean by that is sometimes he seems to disparage someone unintentionally by the inflection of his voice. I would have preferred a professional narrator tackle this project but Mr Frank is a brilliant author and deserves the right to narrate his own title obviously. Regardless, buy this, steal it, pirate it. But Read It.

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Much needed perspective especially for today

This book, as with LISTEN LIBERAL, are a compendium of what has happened in this two party duopoly.
Mr. Frank’s historical background and approach brings into clear view, that it’s not the poor worker, but our love of the rich that makes us hate the TRUMP voter. This has to change.
Thank you for this and all your books Mr. Frank.
God Bless you.

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An important message

I would recommend this book to anyone trying to understand why, someone on the other side of the isle would do the things they do. Both sides have been stolen from the people and steered to do anything but the bidding of the people, the yous and the mes. Oh to have a sensible debate about the direction we should take the country; a discussion of philosophy without back handed strategy. This is the American Dream. To rule ourselves by letting each member have an equal voice. Thomas Frank does a good job putting color to the history of how we got here. Dense. Listen in small chunks.

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SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING

This book is fabulous and if it became required reading in high school and above our society would have a real chance at reform.

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Most important read of 2020

Thomas Frank is an exceptional analyst of all phenomenon of society, and gives the reader a conceptual vocabulary to understand what populism is and the failure of the liberal elite.

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Outstanding and Important

Yet another tremendous contribution to American political history combined with an astute comment on the problems with the Democratic Party. Frank is a national treasure. Now if only more Democrats would listen to him.

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What's the matter with America?

The two major parties are playing Americans for fools. every 4 years use us up and throw us out and 4 years later we're right back in the voting booth asking, "may I have another?".

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Great Listen!

Thomas Frank nails it again. I will definitely listen to this one a couple times.

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History Does Not Repeat Itself, But It Rhymes

Thoroughly researched and written analysis of pluralism's original party roots and the many times the party system duopoly has effectively painted pluralists as unintelligent know nothings deserving others' dictates. Unsurprisingly, the mislabeling of pluralism as racist rather than classist has occurred since the term's first use and has continued for over a century into the 2016 US election and likely beyond.

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