Author J.D. Vance uses his own upbringing and early family life to explore the idea of upward mobility and what it really means to grow up poor in America today. The former Marine turned author turned venture capitalist’s Hillbilly Elegy chronicles the story of his upbringing living with his grandparents and how their choices affected the trajectory of his life and career.
So many politicians today love to talk about what it’s like to grow up among the working poor, but Vance’s book breaks it down in a way that’s humorous, relatable, and deeply moving. It’s a must-read book for anyone who professes to believe in the American Dream. Many critics believe that Hillbilly Elegy helps to explain some of the reasons why Trump rose to power in 2016.