Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis ハードカバー – 2016/6/28
“[Hillbilly Elegy] is a beautiful memoir but it is equally a work of cultural criticism about white working-class America….[Vance] offers a compelling explanation for why it’s so hard for someone who grew up the way he did to make it…a riveting book.” -- Wall Street Journal
“[Vance’s] description of the culture he grew up in is essential reading for this moment in history.” -- David Brooks, New York Times
“[Hillbilly Elegy] couldn’t have been better timed...a harrowing portrait of much that has gone wrong in America over the past two generations...an honest look at the dysfunction that afflicts too many working-class Americans.” -- National Review
"[A]n American classic, an extraordinary testimony to the brokenness of the white working class, but also its strengths. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read… [T]he most important book of 2016. You cannot understand what’s happening now without first reading J.D. Vance." -- Rod Dreher,The American Conservative
“J.D. Vance’s memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy”, offers a starkly honest look at what that shattering of faith feels like for a family who lived through it. You will not read a more important book about America this year.” -- The Economist
“[A] frank, unsentimental, harrowing memoir...a superb book...” -- New York Post
“The troubles of the working poor are well known to policymakers, but Vance offers an insider’s view of the problem.” -- Christianity Today
“Vance movingly recounts the travails of his family.” -- Washington Post
“What explains the appeal of Donald Trump? Many pundits have tried to answer this question and fallen short. But J.D. Vance nails it...stunning...intimate...” -- Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“[A] new memoir that should be read far and wide.” -- Institute of Family Studies
“[An] understated, engaging debut...An unusually timely and deeply affecting view of a social class whose health and economic problems are making headlines in this election year.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, this memoir is akin to investigative journalism. … A quick and engaging read, this book is well suited to anyone interested in a study of modern America, as Vance’s assertions about Appalachia are far more reaching.” -- Library Journal
“Vance compellingly describes the terrible toll that alcoholism, drug abuse, and an unrelenting code of honor took on his family, neither excusing the behavior nor condemning it…The portrait that emerges is a complex one…Unerringly forthright, remarkably insightful, and refreshingly focused, Hillbilly Elegy is the cry of a community in crisis.” -- Booklist
To understand the rage and disaffection of America’s working-class whites, look to Greater Appalachia. In HILLBILLY ELEGY, J.D. Vance confronts us with the economic and spiritual travails of this forgotten corner of our country. Here we find women and men who dearly love their country, yet who feel powerless as their way of life is devastated. Never before have I read a memoir so powerful, and so necessary. -- Reihan Salam, executive editor, National Review
“A beautifully and powerfully written memoir about the author’s journey from a troubled, addiction-torn Appalachian family to Yale Law School, Hillbilly Elegy is shocking, heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, and hysterically funny. It’s also a profoundly important book, one that opens a window on a part of America usually hidden from view and offers genuine hope in the form of hard-hitting honesty. Hillbilly Elegy announces the arrival of a gifted and utterly original new writer and should be required reading for everyone who cares about what’s really happening in America.” -- Amy Chua, New York Times bestselling author of The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
“Elites tend to see our social crisis in terms of ‘stagnation’ or ‘inequality.’ J. D. Vance writes powerfully about the real people who are kept out of sight by academic abstractions.” -- Peter Thiel, entrepreneur, investor, and author of Zero to One
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 the New York Times, and works as an investor at a leading venture capital firm. Vance lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his family.
- ASIN : 0062300547
- 出版社 : Harper (2016/6/28)
- 発売日 : 2016/6/28
- 言語 : 英語
- ハードカバー : 272ページ
- ISBN-10 : 9780062300546
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062300546
- 寸法 : 3.05 x 16 x 23.11 cm
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なお、イェール大学で著者の将来を左右するミリオンダラーアドバイスをくれることになるAmy Chuaは「Battle hymn of Tiger mother」の著者。彼女も中華系の移民の子で、一族の期待を背負ってものすごい努力と実力でイェールの教授にまでなった豪傑。オバマ前大統領同様、リベラルのダイバーシティの申し子でもあり、それは白人労働者階級がしわ寄せを食っていると反感を感じる対象なのかもしれない。
Steve Bannon claimed this book showed how the white underclass was suffering from jobs being shipped off to China. But Vance message is different. Talking about a friend who had "quit his job because he was sick of waking up early" who complained about the "Obama economy", he writes that "There is a cultural movement in the white working class to balme problems on society or the government, and that movement gains adherents by the day." He claims these people, his people, should look at themselves first, not externally. The fact that he wrote this with the encouragement of his boss venture capital Thiel, just makes it a little more interesting. Hearing it mentioned by Bannon, I bought it because it was almost free on Kindle.
The book wasn't quite what I expected and I was delighted. I expected a more formal study but I got a very personal account of being raised in white, working class America and making it good.
As the start of the book I was full of questions and many of them were answered as JD's story progressed.
Most of the book is very personal but I found the most fascinating parts when he discusses the view, within America, of the white working class and the disadvantages that they deal with. There is a lot of pondering in the narrative that could be reduced at times but, to my delight, little use of academic theories.
This book will be very interesting for many people to read.
Both the reviews I have read and praise found on the cover of the book itself tell potential readers that this book is key to unlocking the mystery of Trump's election and the Brexit result, but the text offered no clues of the sort. Certainly, it is an interesting insight into what it's like growing up in white, working-class poverty. It goes a fair way to explaining the 'what' of the situation, but not the 'why' or 'how.'
The overarching message is that people who lack familial stability, or role models who are 'like them' but 'better' (for example Barack Obama is quintessentially not one of these people) will continue the cycle of poverty, and there are few things that government and policy can do to change it. Change must come from within, but how?
Few answers can be found in the book, unfortunately.
His realisation that the norms of life passed him by when he attends a posh dinner and hasn't a clue about table manners or etiquette is almost funny if it weren't so poignant. Cutlery and the fancy food and his first encounter with sparkling water is nearly his downfall but he gets through it.
The four years he spends in the marines makes a man of him and taught him life coping skills like managing finances and living independently in college.
All in all I enjoyed the book although my book club friends thought it was a bit unbelievable that he was so ignorant of the world outside his neck of the woods. I wasn't as I have seen people living in other cultures who would find our Western cultural norms alien.
I sense JD Vance's politics would be very conservative Republican and despite that I found his honesty and desire to get on while not rejecting his past very laudable.