×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

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

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

3.3 13
by Joan Walsh
 

See All Formats & Editions

Joan Walsh, one of America's most popular online columnists, looks back over the past forty years in American politics and culture, showing how the white working class has stagnated, and the stability of the middle class has disintegrate. Weaving into the book her own family's story, she describes how too many Americans think they made it on their own, and resent

Overview

Joan Walsh, one of America's most popular online columnists, looks back over the past forty years in American politics and culture, showing how the white working class has stagnated, and the stability of the middle class has disintegrate. Weaving into the book her own family's story, she describes how too many Americans think they made it on their own, and resent those receiving help today. Read this book to find out how Democrats and Republicans clash over this issue, and the devastating impact on personal lives and the society at large.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118237243
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
07/30/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
572,106
File size:
936 KB

Meet the Author

JOAN WALSH is editor at large of Salon and an MSNBC political analyst. She spent six years as Salon's editor in chief.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Whats the Matter with White People: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
RWRyley More than 1 year ago
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.
winterbanyan More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Walsh have read my mind! Great insight!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go cash the welfare check and get some crack then have another dozen kids so we can pay for them too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liberal garbage dont bothet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a waste of time and money