[PDF] Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis by J.D. Vance
[PDF] Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis by J.D. Vance, ‘A memoir of life in the Trump-voting white working class is the political book of the year’ Sunday Times
‘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 the United States 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 post-war 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.