Reality. The target audience for Thomas Frank’s book, Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right, is the reader who finds some of the logic of the political right to represent an alternate reality. Unlike what happened after prior economic crises when progressive populism arose, the reaction to the 2008 crisis has been a conservative populism. Frank explores how and why that happened, and where what logic there is may lead (hint in the title.) Frank’s writing is entertaining and lively, and the attention he calls to the lack of reality in some of the muddling positions of the right will appeal to liberal readers, especially those who recognize the absurdity in some elements of conservative populism.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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