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By Michele Smith
The Times 

My book pick for November

Last Best Hope, America in Crisis and Renewal


November 18, 2021

In The Last Best Hope, published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux in June 2021, Atlantic writer George Packer cuts to the chase about America’s current social, political, and economic divide.

Parker states the Democratic Party is being driven by “Smart America” with its philosophy of economic meritocracy based on a deep cynicism due to the Iraq War debacle, the financial crash of 2008, lousy schools, overflowing prisons, dying neighborhoods, unending debt, and lack of opportunities, along with “Just America,” a narrative of the young and well educated, which misreads or ignores the Black and Latino w...

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