HILL­BILLY EL­EGY by J.D. Vance, Harper­Collins.

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The name Don­ald Trump never ap­pears in this me­moir of a hill­billy lad from Ken­tucky who climbed out of poverty to grad­u­ate from Yale Law School. It’s the story of one man’s rise but also of a “fam­ily and cul­ture in cri­sis”. His fam­ily, his cul­ture – and the re­sult is an in­sider’s ac­count of the poor, white, an­gry Amer­i­cans who turned to Trump in droves, for rea­sons none of the ex­perts could ex­plain. It be­came a touch­stone text dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, and sold mil­lions, but it’s Vance’s hon­esty about life on the mar­gins of mod­ern Amer­ica that is the power of this book. All Vance’s con­flicts – he loves hill­billy loy­alty; de­spises their drug abuse, wel­fare de­pen­dency and ne­glect of their chil­dren – are on the page, mak­ing for a rev­e­la­tory read.

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