Book review: Listen, Liberal

THE author of Pity The Billionaire and The Wrecking Crew continues his anatomisation of the American Dream’s collapse.

Thomas Frank

Scribe, £9.99;

ebook, £5.95

Focussing this time on how the Democrats, supposedly the party of at least moderate left-wing policies and protecting the poor, were instead so focused on proving themselves business-friendly that they laid the groundwork for massively increased inequality and the 2008 financial crash (in turn squandered as an opportunity for real change).

Much of the interest for readers on this side of the Atlantic lies in seeing how, despite differences in timing, the US situation mirrors New Labour’s failings in Britain, though sadly the book doesn’t address the way in which both former left parties have recently engendered bold but haphazard grassroots efforts to get them back to some version of their former selves.

Despite a sense that the same polemical gifts and carefully marshalled facts could easily have produced a better book, this is still a good one.


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