Pity the Billionaire

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

Thomas Frank

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From 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—of the right?

In Pity the Billionaire, a brilliant, funny, and disturbing tour de force, Thomas Frank analyzes the sleight of hand involved in the right’s resurgence—all the upside-down grievances that have transformed economic suffering into valentines for 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 left-wing writers America has produced" (The Guardian).

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This book is a chronicle of a confused time, a period when Americans rose up against imaginary threats and rallied to economic theories they understood only in the gauziest terms. It is about a country where fears of a radical takeover became epidemic even though radicals themselves had long since ceased to play any role in the national life; a land where ideological nightmares conjured by TV entertainers came to seem more vivid and compelling than the contents of the news pages.

Seen from another perspective, this is a chronicle of a miraculous

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Thomas Frank's book Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right. From the bestselling author of What's the Matter with Kansas? comes a wonderfully insightful and sardonic look at why the worst economy since the 1930s has brought about the revival of conservatism. Economic catastrophe usually brings social protest and demands for change—or at least it's supposed to.

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“Thomas Frank is the thinking person’s Michael Moore. If Moore, the left-wing filmmaker, had Frank’s Ph.D. (in history from the University of Chicago), he might produce books like this one.” –Michael Kinsley, The New York Times Book Review

“A spirited, acerbic, stylish exploration of the Republican resurrection.” Boston Globe

“A feisty and galvanizing book… This is the kind of analysis - historically astute, irreverent and droll - that makes Frank such an invaluable voice....Pity the Billionaire is further evidence that he's as good at this as any writer working today.” San Francisco Chronicle

“Frank’s wit is as sharp as ever, and his eye for detail and his ability to capture a scene reminded me of reading zoologist Dian Fossey on a group of strange political primates.” The Washington Post


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Pity The Billionaire — By Thomas Frank — Book Review - NYTimes.com
Thomas Frank argues that conservative politicians and President Obama are governing to please the plutocrats.
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PITY THE BILLIONAIRE by Thomas Frank | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of PITY THE BILLIONAIRE The Hard Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right. Why one of the biggest financial disasters in history somehow strengthened the political position of those who were most responsible.
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Thomas Frank

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

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

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Picador
September 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250020352
ISBN10: 1250020352
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$16.00

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Macmillan Audio
January 2012
Unabridged Compact Disc
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January 2012
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Metropolitan Books
January 2012
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Metropolitan Books
January 2012
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240 pages
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