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Hillbilly Elegy

A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. With a new afterword

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NAMED BY THE TIMES AS ONE OF "6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP'S WIN" AND SOON TO BE A MAJOR-MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD

"You will not read a more important book about America this year."-The Economist

"A riveting book."-The Wall Street Journal

"Essential reading."-David Brooks, New York Times

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis-that of white working-class Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for more than forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

The Vance family story begins hopefully 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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"[A] compassionate, discerning sociological analysis...Combining thoughtful inquiry with firsthand experience, Mr. Vance has inadvertently provided a civilized reference guide for an uncivilized election, and he's done so in a vocabulary intelligible to both Democrats and Republicans. Imagine that." Jennifer Senior, New York Times
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J.D. Vance grew up in the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served in Iraq. A graduate of the Ohio State University and Yale Law School, he has contributed to the National Review and is a principal at a leading Silicon Valley investment firm. Vance lives in San Francisco with his wife and two dogs.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 288
Erscheinungsdatum 01.07.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-06-230055-3
Verlag Harper Collins Publ. USA
Maße (L/B/H) 20,4/13,7/2,2 cm
Gewicht 309 g
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Hillbilly Elegy
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 23.12.2017
Bewertet: Taschenbuch

Ein sehr interessantes Buch, das viele offene Fragen beantworten und für Verständnis sorgen kann. Nicht nur in Amerika, auch hier bei uns, in Europa.

Hillbilly-Blues
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Kassel am 09.08.2017
Bewertet: Taschenbuch

Hillbilly Elegy liefert einen sehr unterhaltsamen und aufschlussreichen (und manchmal auch schockierenden) Blick in die Seelen der Bewohner der amerikanischen Provinz. Das Schöne: man kann es auch im englischen Original so "herunterlesen", ohne jedes zweite Wort nachschlagen zu müssen. Absolut empfehlenswert!

Hillbilly Elegy
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Baar am 13.02.2017
Bewertet: eBook (ePUB)

A wonderfully written biography by J.D. Vance, who grew up in poor White America. Shows the importance of a strong family group and also an eye opener to one of the reasons that brought Trump into power. Being able to have opportunity in life is vital, and the desire... A wonderfully written biography by J.D. Vance, who grew up in poor White America. Shows the importance of a strong family group and also an eye opener to one of the reasons that brought Trump into power. Being able to have opportunity in life is vital, and the desire to grab this opportunity, essential. Written in a manner which made me feel as though Vance was relating the story to me himself.