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Essential reading to understand the 2016 election
on February 20, 2017
The 2016 election was the second time that the outcome was driven by the electoral votes of rural America vs the popular votes in the cities. This book helps to put the concerns and policy failures of rural America in context. The authors make an effective case for why rural development should be a higher priority in the national policy agenda. They powerfully point out the self-harm that small towns to do themselves by focusing on the academically bound Achievers who leave small towns vs. the family- and work-oriented Stayers who are the future of their communities. The policy prescriptions were less convincing; a quantitative treatment that compared the demographics of the labor supply to the industrial demand suitable for rural areas would have been useful for policymakers. However, overall the sociological research and stories documented in this book are an excellent primer for 21st century American political dynamics.