Pity the Billionaire The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right

ISBN-10: 1250020352
ISBN-13: 9781250020352
Edition: Revised 
Authors: Thomas C. Frank
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 9/18/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

"No one fools Thomas Frank, who is the sharpest, funniest, most intellectually voracious political commentator on the scene. In Pity the Billionaire he has written a brilliant exposé of the most breathtaking ruse in American political history: how the Right turned the biggest capitalist breakdown since 1929 into an opportunity for themselves.' - BarbaraEhrenreichFrom the bestselling author of What's the Matter with Kansas this witty and highly provocative book asks a simple question: How is it possible that the disastrous collapse of the free market economy in 2008 could have heralded a popular revival - not of the left but of the right?In this brilliant, funny, and disturbing tour de force, Frank analyzes the sleight of hand involved in the right's resurgence, and the creation and promotion of the Tea Party movement whose demands will continue to benefit the rich and powerful. This great chronicler of American paradox dissects the contradictions at the heart of the country's politics and in this "dazzling' book once again shows himself as "one of the best leftwing writers America has produced' (The Guardian).

Thomas Frank is the author of Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, What's the Matter with Kansas, One Market Under God and others. Frank is a former opinion columnist for The Wall Street Journal and is the founding editor of The Baffler and a monthly columnist for Harper's.

Introduction: Signs and Wonders
End Times
1929: The Sequel
Hold the Note and Change the Key
Nervous System
Making a Business of It
A Mask for Privilege
Mimesis
Say, Don't You Remember
He Whom a Dream Hath Possessed Knoweth No More of Doubting
The Silence of the Technocrats
Conclusion: Trample the Weak
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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