By Thomas Frank
In a ebook that has been elevating hackles everywhere, the social critic Thomas Frank skewers some of the most sacred cows of the go-go '90s: the concept the hot free-market economic climate is nice for everyone.
Frank's aim is "market populism"--the generally held trust that markets are a extra democratic type of association than democratically elected governments. Refuting the concept that billionaire CEOs are looking for the pursuits of the little man, he argues that "the nice euphoria of the overdue nineties was once by no means as a lot concerning the go back of fine occasions because it used to be the giddy triumph of 1 the USA over another." Frank is a latter-day Mencken, as readers of his magazine The Baffler and his e-book The Conquest of Cool understand. With incisive research, passionate advocacy, and razor-sharp wit, he asks the place we?re headed-and even if we're going to love it after we get there.
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