Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis

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From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.


  • 001 Hillbilly Elegy

    Duração: 12s
  • 002 Introduction

    Duração: 14min
  • 003 Chapter 01

    Duração: 18min
  • 004 Chapter 02

    Duração: 22min
  • 005 Chapter 03

    Duração: 12min
  • 006 Chapter 04

    Duração: 21min
  • 007 Chapter 05

    Duração: 32min
  • 008 Chapter 06

    Duração: 30min
  • 009 Chapter 07

    Duração: 27min
  • 010 Chapter 08

    Duração: 15min
  • 011 Chapter 09

    Duração: 38min
  • 012 Chapter 10

    Duração: 43min
  • 013 Chapter 11

    Duração: 28min
  • 014 Chapter 12

    Duração: 18min
  • 015 Chapter 13

    Duração: 23min
  • 016 Chapter 14

    Duração: 21min
  • 017 Chapter 15

    Duração: 22min
  • 018 Conclusion

    Duração: 15min
  • 019 Credits

    Duração: 41s