Orwell’s non-fiction book on working-class lives in interwar England has useful insights for Trump voters, anti-Trump voters, progressives, libertarians, and those who hope to better understand these groups. In today’s choppy waters of political hostility, cultural sensitivity, and faux tolerance, The Road to Wigan Pier takes readers to stronger moorings in empathy and humility.

D. Eric Schansberg is professor of economics in the School of Business at Indiana University Southeast.
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