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J. D. Vance

American author

1984   -  

country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: American English
educated at: Ohio State University, Yale Law School
occupation: writer, venture capitalist, pundit

James David "J. D." Vance (born James Donald Bowman; August 2, 1984) is an American author and venture capitalist known for his memoir Hillbilly Elegy. The book is about the Appalachian values of his upbringing and their relation to the social problems of his hometown. The book was on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2016 and 2017. It was a finalist for the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. It attracted significant attention during the 2016 election from national media as a window into the white working class. Vance attracted criticism from some Eastern Kentuckians who said he was "not a hillbilly", while others supported him.
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