Hillbilly Elegy is a tale of social decay. In an absorbing and fascinating manner, J.D. Vance outlines different episodes of his life that go along with the social decline of the white middle-class in the Midwest. In an impressive fashion, the book highlights the problems and obstacles many descendants of the white middle-class workers face and describes in great detail what hinders many people from succeeding.
Hillbilly Elegy takes up the economic topic of social mobility and inequality in a very uneconomic way. The book describes in a simple and non-technical way various factors that contribute to the current decrease in social mobility and equality. J.D. Vance succeeds in opening up a very sensitive and relevant topic to the broad public.