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What's the Matter with White People?: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    After decades of government bashing by the right, white people h

    After decades of government bashing by the right, white people have lost
    touch with some important 20th century history. Joan points out that it
    was government, after all, that enabled a generation of whites to climb
    the economic ladder with the New Deal, GI-Bill, and other post
    depression and post WW-II programs. Helping generations of whites with
    jobs to get through the depression with a variety of New Deal programs.
    The GI-Bill created tens of thousands of new college graduates. With
    government funding we built roads, hospitals, established Social
    Security to provide a level of retirement support. The middle working
    class was created and they largely identified with the Democratic Party
    as their standard of living improved. Walsh tells the story from the
    perspective of her Irish Catholic family. She shares all the fears and
    tribulations that arose out of the cultural changes 60s and 70s. We
    learn how Nixon's Republicans used the campus revolts to exploit middle
    class whites. They used fear of the civil rights movement to fool
    whites that equality for blacks meant less economic opportunity for
    whites. Joan walks us through to current times and the "majority
    vs minority" politics of division that threaten our future. The
    Republicans talk about "job creating" and "economic
    opportunity." In reality they spread images of a zero-sum game and
    then convince whites they're losing because others are taking what's
    theirs. Walsh shows us how it all happened. While Joan Wash makes no
    bones about being a progressive Democrat, she does not spare the
    Democratic Party. She points out crucial mistakes and how they have
    often played into the GOP's games of fear and division. If you want to
    know how it all happened and what we can do to fix it, this is the book.
    I consider it a must read in this political year of 2012.

    27 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    A touching, moving read

    I didn't expect where this book was going, and I suspect the author didn't either. I came from a big Irish family, and this answered a lot of questions for me about the political changes I saw back in the 70s.

    But more than that, it's a loving story of a big family and its myths. I shed a few tears, too.

    Thanks, Ms. Walsh, for your searing honesty, your love and your understanding.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Pure Trash

    poorly written with multiple spelling errors and grammatical mistakes
    Besies,,Joan Walsh is a racist for not calling out White Liberal racism against one of her minions. I don't know when calling a Black man an Uncle Tom is not racist, but appearently Joan Walsh has no issues with it

    This is trash and its a shame trees died for this junk

    7 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Tripe

    What a waste of time and money

    6 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Crap

    Liberal garbage dont bothet

    5 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Great Book!

    Ms. Walsh have read my mind! Great insight!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Whats wrong with black people homie.

    Go cash the welfare check and get some crack then have another dozen kids so we can pay for them too.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

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    Excellent well written book. Ms. Walsh explains her premise in an interesting and entertaining manner. She is empathic and understanding of the subjects of her book. Recommend highly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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