Magazine March 25, 2019, Issue

The American Dream Is Crumbling

The inside of the abandoned City Methodist Church in Gary, Ind., October 23, 2013 (Jim Young/Reuters)
Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse, by Timothy P. Carney (Harper, 368 pp., $27.99)

Donald Trump is president because he won the votes of people who agreed with his stark, and startling, declaration: The American dream is dead. So argues Timothy P. Carney, a longtime editor at the Washington Examiner, in his new book.

The political class, the pundits, and most party apparatchiks discounted Trump’s chances in the Republican primaries and the general election because they come from the places where the American dream is still alive. Carney does some reporting in and analysis of these thriving places, such as Chevy Chase, Md., one of the richest neighborhoods, in both money and community life,

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