Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society (Hardcover)

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If you are among the increasing number of middle-class citizens disenfranchised with our muddled democracy, Rendezvous with Oblivion is a must read for you. With re-worked previously published essays, Frank shines the light on the blasphemous repertoire of culturally sanctioned dynamics that culminated with the election of Donald Trump. With a tart and taunt wit, Frank's essays expose a host of topics, from the working poor protesting for a living wage, to the over-gabled McMansion’s whose singular point seems to be to sanction inequality, to the chronic complacency that has rotted American liberalism and the Democratic Party. These thought provoking essays, back to back, pull at our society with the weight of an anchor, leaving one question: Will we right the listing ship and reclaim our American integrity?

— Lori Horbas


From the acclaimed author of Listen, Liberal and What’s the Matter with Kansas, a scathing collection of his incisive commentary on our cruel times—perfect for this political moment

What does a middle-class democracy look like when it comes apart? When, after forty years of economic triumph, America’s winners persuade themselves that they owe nothing to the rest of the country?

With his sharp eye for detail, Thomas Frank takes us on a wide-ranging tour through present-day America, showing us a society in the late stages of disintegration and describing the worlds of both the winners and the losers—the sprawling mansion districts as well as the lives of fast-food workers.

Rendezvous with Oblivion is a collection of interlocking essays examining how inequality has manifested itself in our cities, in our jobs, in the way we travel—and of course in our politics, where in 2016, millions of anxious ordinary people rallied to the presidential campaign of a billionaire who meant them no good.

These accounts of folly and exploitation are here brought together in a single volume unified by Frank’s distinctive voice, sardonic wit, and anti-orthodox perspective. They capture a society where every status signifier is hollow, where the allure of mobility is just another con game, and where rebellion too often yields nothing.

For those who despair of the future of our country and of reason itself, Rendezvous with Oblivion is a booster shot of energy, reality, and moral outrage.

About the Author

Thomas Frank is the author of Listen, Liberal, Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, and What's the Matter with Kansas? A former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper's, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and writes regularly for The Guardian. He lives outside Washington, D.C.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250293664
ISBN-10: 1250293669
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Publication Date: June 19th, 2018
Pages: 240
Language: English