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Rendezvous with Oblivion

Rendezvous with Oblivion

Reports from a Sinking Society

Thomas Frank

Picador

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From the acclaimed author of Listen, Liberal and What’s the Matter with Kansas, a scathing collection of his incisive commentary on our cruel times—perfect for this political moment

What does a middle-class democracy look like when it comes apart? When, after forty years of economic triumph, America’s winners persuade themselves that they owe nothing to the rest of the country?

With his sharp eye for detail, Thomas Frank takes us on a wide-ranging tour through present-day America, showing us a society in the late stages of disintegration and describing the worlds of both the winners and the losers—the sprawling mansion districts as well as the lives of fast-food workers.

Rendezvous with Oblivion is a collection of interlocking essays examining how inequality has manifested itself in our cities, in our jobs, in the way we travel—and of course in our politics, where in 2016, millions of anxious ordinary people rallied to the presidential campaign of a billionaire who meant them no good.

These accounts of folly and exploitation are here brought together in a single volume unified by Frank’s distinctive voice, sardonic wit, and anti-orthodox perspective. They capture a society where every status signifier is hollow, where the allure of mobility is just another con game, and where rebellion too often yields nothing.

For those who despair of the future of our country and of reason itself, Rendezvous with Oblivion is a booster shot of energy, reality, and moral outrage.

INTRODUCTION


The First Shall Be First

The essays collected here scan over many diverse aspects of American life, but they all aim to tell one essential story: This is what a society looks like when the glue that holds it together...

Praise for Rendezvous with Oblivion

“Thomas Frank is the thinking person’s Michael Moore.”
—The New York Times Book Review (front page) on Pity the Billionaire

“An invaluable voice . . . Pity the Billionaire is further evidence that Frank is as good as any writer working today”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“A serious political critique [and] thoroughly entertaining.”
The New York Times Book Review (front page) on Listen, Liberal

“The year’s most prescient political book.”
—Frank Rich, The New York Times on What's the Matter with Kansas?

Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank is the author of Listen, Liberal, Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, and What's the Matter with Kansas? A former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper's, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and writes regularly for The Guardian. He lives outside Washington, D.C.

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Wendy Edelberg

Picador

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