- Hardcover: 264 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (7 February 2036)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062300546
- ISBN-13: 978-0062300546
- ASIN: 0062300547
- Product Dimensions: 3 x 16 x 23.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
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"[Vance's] description of the culture he grew up in is essential reading for this moment in history."--David Brooks, New York Times
[A]n American classic, an extraordinary testimony to the brokenness of the white working class, but also its strengths. It's one of the best books I've ever read... [T]he most important book of 2016. You cannot understand what's happening now without first reading J.D. Vance.--Rod Dreher, The American Conservative
"[A] frank, unsentimental, harrowing memoir...a superb book..."--New York Post
"Vance movingly recounts the travails of his family."--Washington Post
"What explains the appeal of Donald Trump? Many pundits have tried to answer this question and fallen short. But J.D. Vance nails it...stunning...intimate..."--Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"[A] new memoir that should be read far and wide."--Institute of Family Studies
"Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, this memoir is akin to investigative journalism. ... A quick and engaging read, this book is well suited to anyone interested in a study of modern America, as Vance's assertions about Appalachia are far more reaching."--Library Journal
"Vance compellingly describes the terrible toll that alcoholism, drug abuse, and an unrelenting code of honor took on his family, neither excusing the behavior nor condemning it...The portrait that emerges is a complex one...Unerringly forthright, remarkably insightful, and refreshingly focused, Hillbilly Elegy is the cry of a community in crisis."--Booklist
To understand the rage and disaffection of America's working-class whites, look to Greater Appalachia. In HILLBILLY ELEGY, J.D. Vance confronts us with the economic and spiritual travails of this forgotten corner of our country. Here we find women and men who dearly love their country, yet who feel powerless as their way of life is devastated. Never before have I read a memoir so powerful, and so necessary.--Reihan Salam, executive editor, National Review
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From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class through the author’s own story of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. In Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck.
The Vance family story began with hope in postwar America. J.D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that J.D.’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. With piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries around the demons of his chaotic family history.
A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.
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The fact is J.D. Vance has written a revealing book about his childhood life in the hillbilly subculture of impoverished Eastern Kentucky and parts of southern Ohio. One of his goals is to describe for the reader why the people of Eastern Kentucky have not been able to break out of poverty, why generation after generation of children in this subculture follow the behavioral patterns set by their parents and neighbours when these patterns of behaviour have not greatly improved the education of their people nor their economic condition in the larger society.
The moving memoir has its share of humour and introduces us to a number of vividly colourful figures. It is the story of how upward mobility really feels as well as being an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for an ever growing segment of the country.
It is very obvious after reading it why 'Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis' by J.D. Vance has been on the NY Times Best Seller List for over a year now. This touching, revealing, warm, sad, and inspiring memoir, opens many sores while explaining in the most human and personal terms possible the pain and misunderstanding that harms working class and poor white Americans in the heartlands.
Throughout, Vance painstaking honesty and courage are never in doubt. Ultimately, Vance fully understands the necessity for a compassionate government and individual acceptance of responsibility working together to make progress possible for all. I found it so fascinating I've bought the hardback when it was originally released and have now bought the kindle edition to store and reference back to. A must read.
Retracing his life and the disadvantages of a single mother with addiction problems and multiple husbands and boyfriends, He analyses the supports which avoided him following I her footsteps.
Good fortune through loving grandparents and the Marines enabled him to rise above his upbringing and attend an Ivy League university, meet a patient woman and become a successful lawyer.
Analysing the changing socio economic trends in his communities which saw employment disappear and once proud communities neglected by their political party, this provides an insight into Trumps ascendancy.
Excellent reading from so many perspectives.
Getting out is hard and forgiving yourself for doing so even harder.
It is depressing, however as the story unfolds it is cheering what he achieves. Triumph over extreme adversity. The final sting is that the demons of memory may never clear.
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