The View From Flyover Country

The View From Flyover Country

Dispatches From the Forgotten America

Paperback - 2018 | First Flatiron Books edition.
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From the St. Louis-based journalist often credited with first predicting Donald Trump's presidential victory.

"A collection of sharp-edged, humanistic pieces about the American heartland...Passionate pieces that repeatedly assail the inability of many to empathize and to humanize." -- Kirkus

In 2015, Sarah Kendzior collected the essays she reported for Al Jazeera and published them as The View from Flyover Country , which became an ebook bestseller and garnered praise from readers around the world. Now, The View from Flyover Country is being released in print with an updated introduction and epilogue that reflect on the ways that the Trump presidency was the certain result of the realities first captured in Kendzior's essays.

A clear-eyed account of the realities of life in America's overlooked heartland , The View from Flyover Country is a piercing critique of the labor exploitation, race relations, gentrification, media bias, and other aspects of the post-employment economy that gave rise to a president who rules like an autocrat. The View from Flyover Country is necessary reading for anyone who believes that the only way for America to fix its problems is to first discuss them with honesty and compassion.

"Please put everything aside and try to get ahold of Sarah Kendzior's collected essays, The View from Flyover Country. I have rarely come across writing that is as urgent and beautifully expressed. What makes Kendzior's writing so truly important is [that] it . . . documents where the problem lies, by somebody who lives there." -- The Wire

"Sarah Kendzior is as harsh and tenacious a critic of the Trump administration as you'll find. She isn't some new kid on the political block or a controversy machine. . . .Rather she is a widely published journalist and anthropologist who has spent much of her life studying authoritarianism." --Columbia Tribune

Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2018.
Edition: First Flatiron Books edition.
ISBN: 9781250189998
Branch Call Number: 973.932
Characteristics: xv, 239 pages ; 21 cm


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Jan 18, 2019

Kendzior is most recently known for first predicting the election of President Trump in 2016. This book is a collection of blog posts and short articles that were written from 2010 to 2014 with a new introduction and epilogue. Her topics range from the rise of authoritarian states to the post-employment economy to indentured servitude in higher education and other white-collar professions. Since the author lives in St. Louis, she has a lot of experience with the mindset of "coastal elites" in her daily work. This is a voice that takes no prisoners in her description of policies, dirty tricks, and declining economic conditions in the 50-year run up to today's America. Ironically, in the midst of the 2018/2019 U.S. Government shutdown, several essays describe the harmful effects of the 2013 U.S. Government shutdown. Not a lot has changed.

Dec 14, 2018

Just a wonderful book describing the great divide in the USA between rich and poor - a divide that is getting bigger with Trump.

Aug 18, 2018

I followed this brilliant, astute, insightful writer on twitter and even in 140 characters, there was magic in her words. This is like a collection of essays rounding out those brilliant observations. It's not new but it's noteworthy and timely, as she observed Trumpism before Trump. And the consequences are nasty, brutal, honest, hard, rough, and painful for those not in the winner-take-all top one percent, as evidenced by this brilliant collection of essays filled with research and facts to back it all up.

If you haven't read this sort of essay before, it's mind-blowing. If you have, it's easy to get through, easy to understand, easy to apply to what you see around you. I won't go into the subject matter much, as it's very topical if you're living in a struggling economy, if you have family that's struggling more, if you're noticing what's going on around you. You'll notice more after reading this, that's for sure. I think we call that eye-opening. This is a both eyes-opening book.

Jul 21, 2018

Essays written about the forgotten (or unknown) parts of America which were basically ignored or manipulated in the 2016 election. The essays disclose huge pockets of high unemployment, part-time unemployment, low salaries, no salaries, temporary employment, prohibitive college tuition, etc. One salient fact disclosed - American inequality has risen dramatically since the end of WWII such that the top 1% now own 40% of the nation's wealth while the bottom 80% own only 7% of the nation's wealth. Not disclosed in the essays is that since Reagan's election, Reagan, G. W. Bush, and Trump have all dramatically reduced taxes for the wealthy, actions that helped increase the top 1%'s share of the wealth from 22% to that 40%. And each time, after the tax cuts were made, the Republicans claimed they had to cut safety net programs and funding for education, etc. to reduce the deficit.

Jul 15, 2018

It was a little different than I expected based on an interview I saw with her. But she points out very clearly about the huge income difference and the opportunity differences in this country which hurt alot of people. I don't think these problems are just limited to the middle of the country. We need to all wake up and try to make changes for all Americans who experience these problems.

Jul 10, 2018

A series of essays by the scholar, writer, and mother who lives in Missouri. She seems like an activist more than a journalist, and does a good job describing many of the ways the people living in the middle of the country have been wronged by the people with power and money. An indictment, really. Her language is poetic. Her anger seems sincere. I wonder why we only saw her on the national scene for a few short moments... is her message too difficult for us to hear?

Jun 05, 2018

This is a collection of essays/articles written by the author between 2012 and 2014 and has been available as an e-book for a while now. Sarah Kendzior does a much better job than J.D. Vance of laying out the landscape of "how did we get here?" While Vance explores one facet of "the problem" and is more a tribute to his family as a memoir, Kendzior peels back the layers like and onion and relates each set of issues to the other presenting a broader view. The first few sections come off of as something that one may write in a reflective journal. Latter sections see much better analysis of the issues. Sections on higher education and media shine. If you like Kendzior's writing, more recent samples of her writing are referenced on her Twitter feed and offer more immediate consumption.


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Jan 18, 2019

"The problem in America is not that there are no jobs. It is that jobs are not paying."


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