Although the parallels between my life and that of J.D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” seem flat-​out astonishing, it’s actually the differences that are more interesting.

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If Malcolm Gladwell is right that the cultural legacy of the Scots-​Irish explains the poor outcomes experienced by people in southeastern Kentucky, how do we explain the exceptional success of these same people in Pittsburgh?

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“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” –Peter Drucker (supposedly)

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You can take the boy out of Kentucky, but you can’t take Kentucky out of the boy. – Mamaw Vance

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