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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)

"Not a screed, this is a thoughtfully researched commentary, and Kendzior's narration matches that spirit." (AudioFile)

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  • Marcus
  • Harrisburg, PA, USA
  • 07-06-18

Stark and necessary

I came by Kendzior's work via her Twitter and have been shaken by how prescient her assessments and predictions of the current US political machinations were. Her career as an academic studying authoritarian and autocratic regimes has given her a unique perspective on what's occurring daily.

I'd wished for some time that this book be available on audio and was not disappointed. Thoughtful and eloquent, it reads almost as an autopsy on the American socioeconomic realities that led to our current condition. A must read, in my opinion.

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Courageous, Riveting Must-read for Hard Path Ahead

Kendzior's brilliant, fierce, well-crafted essays are the strong medicine we need to re-create our democracy.

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Searing

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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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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  • Tim
  • Ashfield, Australia
  • 09-14-18

An impactful curation of poetic, insightful essays

Kendzior's articles and essays are each excellent on their own, but their curation and combination in this book combines her body of public writings into a coherent thesis on the neglected economic pressures that ultimately shape the lives of modern Americans, particularly those who do not live in elite coastal cities. As inspiring as it is eye-opening, this is a genuinely enriching book, even this many years after the writing's initial publication.

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Excellent primer on how we got here.

If you, like me, are struggling to understand how the United States ended up electing an unfit authoritarian to the highest office in the land, Sarah Kendzior's book is an excellent resource. Sarah is an expert on authoritarian regimes, and has witnessed first hand the erosion of the social compact in the Midwest. It's the perfect combination to give her deep insight into current US socioeconomics.

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Clarity

Sarah Kendzior has a way off penetrating the noise and the fog of our time to lay out just what was going on in the United States a half decade after the Financial Crisis. For me, it was a reflection of what was also happening in my surroundings and to my brother and to my mother. Everybody should read all her stuff.

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Great Observations!

While I enjoyed this book, and empathized with the author, I believe she should have had someone else narrate. I feel there should have been more emotion in the narration. I understood anger, angst, frustration, and despair, but I didn't feel as a more emotive narrator could have presented.

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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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  • Yarmouth Port, MA
  • 05-14-18

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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