- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Flatiron Books (April 17, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250189993
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The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America Paperback – April 17, 2018
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"Kendzior’s prose is sharp and consistent whether the essay is data dense or an opinion piece. She maneuvers through big issues with a pace and clarity that makes unpalatable topics fascinating, and unfortunately, relatable." ― Hyperallergic
“The defining journalistic account of Trump’s America does complain, but it isn’t best-selling gossip fodder like Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury or James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty. It’s the book from the Midwestern journalist who barely mentions the president’s name.”
"Sharply written pieces about life and inequality in middle America."
―Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 85 Books for Summer Reading
An academic, Midwesterner and firebrand, Kendzior crafts work that looks unflinchingly at what ails the country." ―Shelf Awareness, starred review
"It’s a call to arms, highlighting the struggles of disenfranchised, overworked, and underpaid Americans, and urging our elected officials to recognize and address the inequalities that have become even more pronounced since when she originally wrote the essays." ―The Village Voice
"The View From Flyover Country is well worth reading....Here is a thoughtful critic who knows how to sound the alarm." ―The Arts Fuse
"Kendzior’s essays bring to light social injustice and economic inequality in Middle America from a voice that lives there." ―Medium
“The talented Kendzior…writes intelligently and with great empathy about problems faced by the Midwest.” ―New York Post
“Kendzior’s writing, while often concise and clever like this, is just as often backed by statistics, attributions or an illustrative profile…Though her message is alarming, it is softened with compassion.” ―St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“An astonishment and a challenge to convention for all sorts of reasons…[One of the] books devoted to where we really were not very long ago, where we are now and where we might well be going. They don’t mess around. They play rough. But then the truth almost always does.” ―Buffalo News
"From Russia to flyover country, Sarah Kendzior might be the voice we need." ― Columbia Journalism Review
"Hers is a crystalline voice of reason and appraisal in a world that shifts further into unrecognizable territory minute-by-minute." ― Carol Haggas, Booklist
"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
“Authoritarianism does not happen in a vacuum. Kendzior gives us valuable information about conditions in the forgotten parts of our country, which provided fertile ground for the rise of Trump.” ―AMY SISKIND, AUTHOR OF THE LIST
“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. Read her.” ―THE WIRE
“Kendzior is no psychic. She’s just whip-smart and an expert on authoritarian governments. She’s also that rare writer with an analyst’s brain and an empath’s heart… Though the essays are topical and political…one senses they’ll stand the test of time, just for the beauty of the prose and the soundness of the philosophy.” ―STEFENE RUSSELL, ST. LOUIS MAGAZINE
About the Author
Sarah Kendzior is best known for her reporting on St. Louis, her coverage of the 2016 election, and her academic research on authoritarian states. She is currently an op-ed columnist for the Globe and Mail and she was named by Foreign Policy as one of the “100 people you should be following on Twitter to make sense of global events.” Her reporting has been featured in many publications, including Politico, Slate, The Atlantic, Fast Company, The Chicago Tribune, TeenVogue, and The New York Times.
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phrase, "income inequality" and why people are so upset about it. We are headed into a century where there is going to be very little class
mobility unless some changes are made.
In retrospect, maybe the "complaining" was not so bad. I was more open to acknowledge the existence of the problems she identifies because they were not presented with solutions I would have despised.
I would be interested to read another book by this author. I find the format of compiling essays + articles to be far more digestible than searching for individual articles to read. Well done to the author and I hope they continue to publish more and more.
Also as a black woman, I'm often hesitant to read books on current affairs etc out of fear they would overlook or dismiss racial issues in the U.S. Again, this book did not disappoint and each article was thorough + well researched and marked with empathy you don't see a lot in journalism these days.
I did not know what to expect from her essays, but after reading each one, I now understand the interdependent nature of the events she describes, and how it all interconnects with our current issues. Her writing is very clear and she communicates in a way that makes the complex more simplified in a world that is not black and white.
I gained new insights into the academic world that I never knew existed. Her observations about politics, motherhood and academics just floored me with her truth-telling. I found myself nodding in agreement.
Her book led me to her other past work, as well as her past writings, articles and videos that resonate with what I've felt, but couldn't explain why.
The fog is clearing, and Sarah Kendzior is my North Star.
Thank you, Sarah for your contributions so far, you have enriched another life with your knowledge and passion for the Truth.