Thomas Carr Frank

Thomas Carr Frank (born March 21, 1965) is an American political analyst, historian, and journalist. He co-founded and edited The Baffler magazine. Frank has written several books with great impact, most notably What’s the Matter with Kansas? (2004) and Listen, Liberal (2016). From 2008 to 2010 he wrote “The Tilting Yard”, a column in The Wall Street Journal.

A historian of culture and ideas, Frank analyzes trends in American electoral politics and propaganda, advertising, popular culture, mainstream journalism, and economics. His topics include the rhetoric and impact of culture wars in American political life and the relationship between politics and culture in the United States.

Books in order of publication:


  • The Conquest of Cool: Business Culture, Counterculture, and the Rise of Hip Consumerism (1997). University of Chicago Press.
  • One Market Under God: Extreme Capitalism, Market Populism, and the End of Economic Democracy (2000)
  • New Consensus for Old: Cultural Studies from Left to Right (2002)
  • Boob Jubilee: The Cultural Politics of the New Economy (2003)
  • What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America (2004). Henry Holt and Co.
  • What’s the Matter with America? The Resistible Rise of the American Right (2006)
  • The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule (2008), Henry Holt and Co.
  • Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right (2011)
  • Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? (2016)
  • Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society (2018)
  • The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism (2020)
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