In the forthcoming Big White Ghetto: Dead Broke, Stone-Cold Stupid, and High on Rage in the Dank Woolly Wilds of the “Real America, Kevin Williamson combines years of reporting into a narrative of forgotten communities across the country. The recurring challenges—from Washington, D.C. and Appalachia to Chicago and San Bernardino—are institutional decay and private failure. As Williamson describes, “think of [Big White Ghetto] as Hillbilly Elegy with less memoir and more judginess.”

Join CEI for an online book forum the week Big White Ghetto is released with Kevin Williamson, a prolific and singular voice of his generation, in conversation with Kent Lassman.  


Kevin D. Williamson, Author, Big White Ghetto and Roving Correspondent, National Review

Kent Lassman, President, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

12:00 – 1:00 pm EST

Register: https://cei-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IOtZeAWkTrSWGCs9SNGc5Q

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Kevin D. Williamson is the roving correspondent for National Review and author, most recently of the just published Big White Ghetto: Dead Broke, Stone-Cold Stupid, and High on Rage in the Dank Woolly Wilds of the “Real America” and The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics, among many others. His work has appeared everywhere from The Washington Post to Academic Questions to Playboy. He began his journalism career at the Bombay-based Indian Express Newspaper Group. He has served as the theater critic for The New Criterion and taught at King’s College, New York.

Kent Lassman is President and CEO of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He oversees strategy for the organization, including management of a team of policy, communications, and fundraising staff. Prior to joining CEI, Lassman spent eight years as vice president at a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., counseling clients on campaign approaches to issues ranging from telecommunications to privacy to biotechnology and state licensing.

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