• FILE – This March 13, 2008, shows AK Steel's Middletown Works plant in Middletown, Ohio. Author J.D. Vance's book "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis" provides a vivid tour of the stark world he grew up in, set mainly in the southwestern Ohio city of Middletown hit hard by the decline of its dominant steelmaking company, but also in his familial eastern Kentucky hills region. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

    ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author offers insight on Trump’s appeal

    MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — For pundits and politicos baffled by the appeal of a wealthy New York businessman to the struggling white working class in Appalachia and Rust Belt mill towns, J.D. Vance’s book “Hillbilly Elegy” is offering some insights.