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J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy' provides a window into the pain and anger of Trump's America

J.D. Vance was born into love, abuse and decline. A hillbilly with Kentucky roots, he survived a drug-addicted mother, gun-packing relatives and a culture of defiance and self-doubt that coalesced into a political voice that has made Donald Trump an odd savior for a swath of white, working-class...
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