SOCIAL SCIENCES

Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society

Metropolitan: Holt. Jun. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9781250293664. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781250293671. POL SCI
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OrangeReviewStarFrank (What's the Matter with Kansas??) has selected several pieces written for various publications over the last decade for his latest book. The essays included here all point toward the political but are not exclusively so. The overriding sociological theme seems to investigate where did it all go so wrong and how can we get it back? The economic climate of our country is the backdrop for Frank's essays, whether discussing suburbia, art, architecture, or the state of journalism. Frank's writing is refreshing in that he is solidly independent and gives no quarter to anyone in his sights, whether on the right or left. In fact, his most stinging criticisms are for the left. In that the essays are from the years leading up to the 2016 election, the things he wrote about the Democrats then have proven prescient.
VERDICT Frank's old-school, punching-up liberal style is much welcomed. There is no better introduction to his work than this easily consumed volume suitable for all readers.

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