Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (Hardcover)

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A fantastic look into the right side of the political spectrum! I have been struggling to understand some friends and family being so supportive of the Tea Party and Trump, but this marvelous book sheds light on the reasons for their anger and their causes. At times alarming and sad, Ms. Hochschild does a great job at conveying the conclusions of her research with empathy and compassion. I highly recommend this book for those wanting to understand. It is illuminating and a little scary, but important, as understanding the other side will be an essential step in uniting a divided nation.-Michelle

— Michelle


The National Book Award Finalist and New York Times bestseller that became a guide and balm for a country struggling to understand the election of Donald Trump

A generous but disconcerting look at the Tea Party. . . . This is a smart, respectful and compelling book.
--Jason DeParle, The New York Times Book Review

When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, a bewildered nation turned to Strangers in Their Own Land to understand what Trump voters were thinking when they cast their ballots. Arlie Hochschild, one of the most influential sociologists of her generation, had spent the preceding five years immersed in the community around Lake Charles, Louisiana, a Tea Party stronghold. As Jedediah Purdy put it in the New Republic, Hochschild is fascinated by how people make sense of their lives. . . . Her] attentive, detailed portraits . . . reveal a gulf between Hochchild's 'strangers in their own land' and a new elite. Already a favorite common read book in communities and on campuses across the country and called humble and important by David Brooks and masterly by Atul Gawande, Hochschild's book has been lauded by Noam Chomsky, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu, and countless others.

The paperback edition features a new afterword by the author reflecting on the election of Donald Trump and the other events that have unfolded both in Louisiana and around the country since the hardcover edition was published, and also includes a readers' group guide at the back of the book.

About the Author

Arlie Russell Hochschild is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. She is the author of nine books, including The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and The Outsourced Self. Three of her books have been named as New York Times Notable Books of the Year and her work appears in sixteen languages. The winner of the Ulysses Medal as well as Guggenheim and Mellon grants, she lives in Berkeley, California
Product Details
ISBN: 9781620972250
ISBN-10: 1620972255
Publisher: New Press
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Pages: 368
Language: English