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The View from Flyover Country
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The View from Flyover Country
Dispatches from the Forgotten America
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NEW YORK TIMES and MIBA BESTSELLER

From the St. Louis–based journalist often credited with first predicting Donald Trump's presidential victory.

"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

In 2015, Sarah Kendzior collected the essays she reported for Al Jazeera and published them as The View from Flyover Country, which became an ebook bestseller and garnered praise from readers around the world. Now, The View from Flyover Country is being released in print with an updated introduction and epilogue that reflect on the ways that the Trump presidency was the certain result of the realities first captured in Kendzior's essays.

A clear-eyed account of the realities of life in America's overlooked heartland, The View from Flyover Country is a piercing critique of the labor exploitation, race relations, gentrification, media bias, and other aspects of the post-employment economy that gave rise to a president who rules like an autocrat. The View from Flyover Country is necessary reading for anyone who believes that the only way for America to fix its problems is to first discuss them with honesty and compassion.

"Please put everything aside and try to get ahold of Sarah Kendzior's collected essays, The View from Flyover Country. I have rarely come across writing that is as 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."The Wire

"Sarah Kendzior is as harsh and tenacious a critic of the Trump administration as you'll find. She isn't some new kid on the political block or a controversy machine. . . .Rather she is a widely published journalist and anthropologist who has spent much of her life studying authoritarianism." —Columbia Tribune

NEW YORK TIMES and MIBA BESTSELLER

From the St. Louis–based journalist often credited with first predicting Donald Trump's presidential victory.

"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

In 2015, Sarah Kendzior collected the essays she reported for Al Jazeera and published them as The View from Flyover Country, which became an ebook bestseller and garnered praise from readers around the world. Now, The View from Flyover Country is being released in print with an updated introduction and epilogue that reflect on the ways that the Trump presidency was the certain result of the realities first captured in Kendzior's essays.

A clear-eyed account of the realities of life in America's overlooked heartland, The View from Flyover Country is a piercing critique of the labor exploitation, race relations, gentrification, media bias, and other aspects of the post-employment economy that gave rise to a president who rules like an autocrat. The View from Flyover Country is necessary reading for anyone who believes that the only way for America to fix its problems is to first discuss them with honesty and compassion.

"Please put everything aside and try to get ahold of Sarah Kendzior's collected essays, The View from Flyover Country. I have rarely come across writing that is as 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."The Wire

"Sarah Kendzior is as harsh and tenacious a critic of the Trump administration as you'll find. She isn't some new kid on the political block or a controversy machine. . . .Rather she is a widely published journalist and anthropologist who has spent much of her life studying authoritarianism." —Columbia Tribune

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  • 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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  • Introduction: The Audacity of Despair

    PART I: FLYOVER COUNTRY
    The View from Flyover Country
    Expensive Cities Are Killing Creativity
    The Peril of Hipster Economics
    Mourn the Fall of the Mall

    PART II: THE POST-EMPLOYMENT ECONOMY
    Surviving the Post-Employment Economy
    Meritocracy for Sale
    Survival Is Not an Option
    Zero-Opportunity Employers
    A Government Shutdown, a Social Breakdown
    The Men Who Set Themselves on Fire
    Charity Is Not a Substitute for Justice
    The Unaffordable Baby Boomer Doom
    The Millennial Parent
    Mothers Are Not "Opting Out"—They Are Out of Options

    PART III: RACE AND RELIGION
    The Wrong Kind of Caucasian
    The Fallacy of the Phrase "the Muslim World"
    In the Trial of Trayvon, the U.S. Is Guilty
    St. Louis's Sons, Taken Too Soon
    The Freedom to Criticize Free Speech

    PART IV: HIGHER EDUCATION
    The Closing of American Academia
    Academic Paywalls Mean Publish and Perish
    Academia's Indentured Servants
    The Political Consequences of Academic Paywalls
    The Immorality of College Admissions
    College Is a Promise the Economy Does Not Keep

    PART V: MEDIA
    Managed Expectations in the Post-Employment Economy
    Who Is a "Journalist"? People Who Can Afford to Be
    Blame It on the Internet
    When the Mainstream Media Are the Lunatic Fringe

    PART VI: BEYOND FLYOVER COUNTRY
    U.S. Foreign Policy's Gender Gap
    Snowden and the Paranoid State
    Iraq and the Reinvention of Reality
    Where Following the Law is Radical
    Water is a Human Right, But Who is Considered a Human Being?
    The Telegenically Dead

    CODA
    In Defense of Complaining

    Epilogue

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  • AudioFile Magazine Sarah Kendzior narrates her essays from the past several years, political critiques of American labor, power, and injustice, in this powerful audiobook. While the title invokes the American Midwest, and portions of the audiobook are written directly from that perspective, the overall theme of social injustice is not exclusive to that region. Actions often thought to be pillars of the American Dream--obtaining higher education, commitment to hard work--are deconstructed in what Kendzior calls the "post-employment" society. Kendzior pushes back against tolerating injustices such as free labor through internships as well as low wages. Not a screed, this is a thoughtfully researched commentary, and Kendzior's narration matches that spirit. S.P.C. � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine
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