Two books plumb the All-American struggle to make do
The Road to America's Wal-Mart Economy (Politics and Society in Twentieth Century America)
by Shane Hamilton
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For much of the past eight years, many liberal intellectuals have seemed less inclined to support blue-collar Americans in their struggles than to look askance at their presumed political, consumer, and cultural preferences. Why did so many white working-class voters support George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004? Why do so many moderate-income Americans not only shop at Wal-Mart but embrace it as a model of enterprise—even though it drives down wages and benefits for both its own workers and those at its suppliers worldwide? And why does so much popular culture, from Fox News to talk radio, reflect a right-wing populism that ridicules professorial politicians from Al Gore to Barack Obama but reveres CEOs from Jack Welch to Donald Trump?
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