J.D. Vance is author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.” Vance grew up in the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Ky. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served in Iraq. A graduate of the Ohio State University and Yale Law School, he has contributed to the National Review and has recently signed on as a CNN political contributor. “Hillbilly Elegy” is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis — that of white working-class Americans.