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Thomas Frank (born 1965) is an Americanmarker author, journalist and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, authoring The Tilting Yard since May, 2008.

Frank is a historian of culture and ideas and analyzes trends in American electoral politics and propaganda, advertising, popular culture, mainstream journalism and economics. With his writing, he explores the rhetoric and impact of the 'Culture Wars' in American political life, and the relationship between politics and culture in the United States.


Frank comes from a leftist political perspective and is highly critical of Republican governance, especially the presidency of George W. Bush. However, he has also criticized the Democratic Party for "swearing off economic 'liberalism'". He is unique among writers on the American Left both for his political outlook, which revives the discourses of the American Populist Movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and for his polemical style, which has been said to update that of the muckrakers of the same historical era .

Frank is the founder and editor of The Baffler and the author of several books, most recently The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule. Other writings include essays for Harper's Magazine, Le Monde diplomatique, Bookforum, and the Financial Times. His book What's the Matter with Kansas?, published in 2004, earned him nationwide and international recognition.

Personal life

Frank was born in Kansas City, Missourimarker in 1965. He grew up in a local suburb, Mission Hills, Kansasmarker. Frank graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School. He later attended the University of Kansasmarker. He also attended the University of Virginiamarker and the University of Chicagomarker, where he received a Ph.D. in history in 1994. He currently lives in Washington, DCmarker with his wife, Wendy, and their children.


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