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J.D. Vance

J.D. Vance is an investor, innovator, and author of the #1 New York Times best seller Hillbilly Elegy.

Best-Selling Author of Hillbilly Elegy

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  • American Politics
  • Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges
  • Personal Growth and Achievement
  • Inspiring Lives
  • U.S. Current Events

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J.D. Vance is an investor, innovator, and author of the #1 New York Times best seller Hillbilly Elegy.

J.D. Vance is the author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, inspired by his childhood in the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky. Described by the National Review as a “brilliant book” and by The Economist as “one of the most important” reads of 2016, Hillbilly Elegy is a searing portrait of the lives of the white working class, providing timely perspective on the rise of political populism and the growing concerns of many Americans. Vance’s gripping examination of his upbringing strikes a chord with audiences as he shares the personal impact of a social, regional, and economic decline. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment have announced plans to produce a movie based on Vance's book.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and Operation Iraqi Freedom and a graduate of Yale Law School, Vance followed a stint at a large corporate law firm with a venture capital career, becoming a principal at Mithril Capital, cofounded by Peter Thiel and Ajay Royan. As an investor, Vance focuses on innovative and transformative sectors of the economy. In early 2017, he joined as a partner in AOL founder Steve Case’s venture capital company, Revolution LLC, which concentrates on bolstering entrepreneurship and disruptive, high-growth companies outside of the sphere of Silicon Valley. Vance also returned home to Ohio in 2017 to found Our Ohio Renewal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the state’s opioid crisis and bringing high-quality employment and educational opportunities to Ohioans.

J.D. continues to lecture and write on topics of public interest. He regularly discusses politics and public policy on national networks, and has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, and Fox News.  

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Culture in Crisis

A #1 New York Times best seller, soon to be a major motion picture from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Hillbilly Elegy is J.D. Vance’s gripping examination of both his upbringing in a poor Rust Belt town and the growing concerns of working-class Americans. Vance strikes a chord with audiences as he shares his personal story of the impact of a social, regional, and economic decline. In this fascinating and timely discussion, he sheds light on an often-forgotten corner of the country, offering not just a powerful picture of how upward mobility really feels, but also the loss of the modern-day American dream.