States of Neglect: How Red-State Leaders Have Failed Their Citizens and Undermined America

New Pr. Jan. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781620976418. $27.99. POL SCI
In this collection of troublesome legislative outcomes, seasoned Detroit Free Press reporter Kleinknecht (The Man Who Sold the World: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America) examines how a myriad of initiatives under Republican governors have negatively impacted citizens in red states and beyond. The author begins each chapter by humanizing an issue, and he highlights the states and governors deemed responsible for the harmful decisions and legislation. This is done by analyzing the topics—a lack of ethics, pollution, and education, to name a few—from a blue perspective. Most notably, the work offers no mention of any positive Republican policies. In the end, the author concludes that federal progressivism might be a solution to future red-state actions, which pulls the content together.
VERDICT Public libraries might have an interest in the book.
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