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Raleigh
Thomas Frank
Quail Ridge Books and Music—Be afraid, be very afraid. That's the highly effective message of one particular political party that has dominated national politics for three decades—and with its new vice-presidential candidate, that mantra takes on genuine urgency. Thomas Frank first explained how the Republican Party rebranded itself as the stout-hearted friend of the working man in What's the Matter with Kansas? His new book, The Wrecking Crew, outlines the process of rendering the federal government so ineffectual that America's contempt for it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Bob Geary reviewed it in last week's Indy, and Frank makes his only area appearance tonight at 7:30 p.m. Visit quailridgebooks.booksense.com for more info. —David Fellerath

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