When Hochschild began researching her book in 2011, no one knew Donald Trump would be elected president five years later, in large part due to people like those she studied in southwest Louisiana. As a sociologist, Hochschild effectively climbs over the “empathy wall” to understand how this group of people feels overlooked and dishonored by the larger culture and particularly coastal “elite” liberals. Her book is full of remarkable insights into the thoughts and feelings of a significant part of the American political right.

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