Thomas Frank discusses Pity the Billionaire

EVENT:  Thomas Frank, The New York Times Bestselling author of What's the Matter With Kansas?, appears for his latest book Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right .AUTHOR:  Thomas Frank is the author of Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, What's the Matter with Kansas?, and One Market Under God. A former opinion columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Thomas is the Founding Editor of The Baffler and a monthly columnist for Harper's.  He lives outside Washington, D.C.DATE & TIME:  Thursday, January 12, 2011 at 7:00 PMLOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $25.00 plus Sales Tax includes One Hardcover copy of Pity the Billionaire, one Stamped Admission Ticket, and one Guest Ticket (if needed).  ONLINE ORDERING IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT. Walk-up purchases may be made at the door of this event beginning at 6:00 PM. EVENT FORMAT:  Thomas Frank will discuss his new Book and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning follows the discussion.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.From the Bestselling author of What's the Matter with Kansas?, a wonderfully insightful and sardonic look at why the worst economy since the 1930s has brought about the revival of conservatism Economic catastrophe usually brings social protest and demands for change—or at least it's supposed to.  But when Thomas Frank set out in 2009 to look for expressions of American discontent, all he could find were loud demands that the economic system be made even harsher on the recession's victims and that society's traditional winners receive even grander prizes.  The American Right, which had seemed moribund after the election of 2008, was strangely reinvigorated by the arrival of hard times.  The Tea Party movement demanded not that we question the failed system but that we reaffirm our commitment to it.  Republicans in Congress embarked on a bold strategy of total opposition to the liberal state.  And TV phenom Glenn Beck demonstrated the commercial potential of heroic paranoia and the purest libertarian economics.  In Pity the Billionaire, Frank, the great chronicler of American paradox, examines the peculiar mechanism by which dire economic circumstances have delivered wildly unexpected political results.  Using firsthand reporting, a deep knowledge of the American Right, and a wicked sense of humor, he gives us the first full diagnosis of the cultural malady that has transformed collapse into profit, reconceived the Founding Fathers as heroes from an Ayn Rand novel, and enlisted the powerless in a fan club for the prosperous.  The understanding Frank reaches is at once startling, original, and profound.YES, WE SHIP SIGNED COPIES WORLDWIDE!  Order a signed copy below.  Your Order will ship within a day or two of the Author Event.  International customers, E-mail for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event. 

Event date: 
Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W 47th Street
64112 Kansas City
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