#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NAMED BY THE TIMES AS ONE OF "6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP'S WIN" "You will not read a more important book about America this year."—The Economist "A riveting book."—The Wall Street Journal "Essential reading."—David Brooks, New York Times From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history. A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.
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 is a principal at a leading Silicon Valley investment firm. Vance lives in San Francisco with his wife and two dogs.
@ Lainey how america is failing. why trump won. 可以只看前30頁然後跳去看最後80頁. @ 莺啼山客犹眠 一篇长长长长的ps @ 板鸭的盐水鸭? 一个美国凤凰男的人生流水账 @ 庄常飞 4.5星，主要是这种背景的人能发声的机会少，所以很值得看看 @ 滕子京 果真如作者所说，自己不是什么杰出人物，这样一本回忆录旁人看来怕是很无聊吧。从一个比阿巴拉契亚山区穷得多得多的四川山沟沟长大，身边也不乏国企下岗、劳动力流失、家庭空心等现象，周围的人比书中的人穷十倍都有，实在很难对书中的人物产生同情，美国白人的地板太高了。 @ 太阳的蓝 42/50 of 2020. China is just as vast and diverse. Different voices here should be heard. @ onmywave 好喜欢Mamaw后期温柔又坚韧的性格。我的问题没有得到解答，但是对暴力的认识得到了刷新(consume cotton undergarments?!)。学到了一些地理&法学院常识&white working class的生活状态。那段讲他epiphany moment的看得我浑身不舒服… he believes in the greatness of his country too much…. @ IanZZZ propaganda @ dopaminefy 关于底层白人的描述和观察，都比较有趣，Rust Belt没落的城镇很难不让人想起我们的东北老工业基地。然而后半截作者仿佛化身祥林嫂，陷入对原生家庭的抱怨，很可惜没看到更深刻的社会学讨论。 @ 和光同橙 有一点我是很同意的 在一个充满了暴力贫穷和绝望的失落之城，人是不会相信自己有能力改变自己的命运的。