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Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War

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Publisher Comments:

"Joe Bageant is a brilliant writer. He evokes working class America like no one else. The account of his revisit to his Virginia roots is sobering, poignant, and instructive."

-Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

"This book is righteous, self-righteous, exhilarating, and aggravating. By God, it's a raging, hilarious, and profane love song to the great American redneck. As a blue state man with a red state childhood, I have been waiting for this book for years. We ignore its message at our peril."

-Sherman Alexie, author of Reservation Blues

This fine book sheds a devastating light on Bush & Co.'s notorious 'base, ' i.e. America's white working class, whose members have been ravaged by the very party that purports to take their side. Meanwhile, the left has largely turned them out, or even laughed at their predicament. Of their degraded state-and, therefore, ours—Joe Bageant writes like an avenging angel.

—Mark Crispin Miller, author of Fooled Again: The Real Case for Election Reform

"Joe Bageant is the Sartre of Appalachia. His white-hot bourbon-fuelled prose shreds through the lies of our times like a weed-whacker in overdrive. Deer Hunting with Jesus is a deliciously vicious and wickedly funny chronicle of a thinking man's life in God's own backwoods."

-Jeffrey St. Clair, author of Grand Theft Pentagon and co-editor of CounterPunch

This recounting of lost lives-of white have-nots in one of our most have-not states—has the power of an old-time Scottish Border ballad. It is maddening and provocative that the true believers in 'American exceptionalism' and ersatz machismo side with those stepping all over them. Bagaent's writing is as lyrical as Nelson Algren's, and if there's a semblance of hope, it's that he catches on with new readers thanks to the alternative media.

-Studs Terkel

"Deer Hunting with Jesus is one of those rare books that is colorful, depressing, hilarious, and biting all at the same time. Joe Bageant has given us a glimpse into the vicious class war that is too often ignored or hidden by those happily perpetrating this war."

-David Sirota, author of Hostile Takeover

Dead serious and damn funny ... Bageant writes with the ghosts of Hunter S. Thompson, Will Rogers, and Frank Zappa kibitzing over his shoulder ... Takes Thomas Frank's What’s the Matter With Kansas, to the next level.

-Mother Jones

Bageant mixes a reporter's keen analysis, a storyteller's color, and a native son's love of his roots in this absorbing dissection of America's working poor ... wise, tender, and acerbic."

-Booklist

Mixing folksy populism with the lacerating fury of Hunter S. Thompson, Bageant's bitingly funny report can at times make Michael Moore seem tame. While Hunting may leave you heartsick, it's hard to turn away.

-Entertainment Weekly

Informative, infuriating, terrifying, scintillating . . . Imagine a cross between Thomas Frank's What’s the Matter with Kansas?, Hunter S. Thompson’s booze-and-dope-fueled meditations on Nixon's political potency, and C. Wright Mills’s understanding of the durability of the power elite.

-The American

Synopsis:

A Web columnist describes his return to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, and his discovery of the permanent underclass that exists in many American small towns, offering a revealing glimpse of the real lives of the invisible working class that exists in a world of taverns, churches, and double-wide trailers. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

A raucous, truth-telling look at the white working poor-and why they hate liberalism.

Deer Hunting with Jesus is web columnist Joe Bageant’s report on what he learned when he moved back to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, which-like countless American small towns-is fast becoming the bedrock of a permanent underclass. By turns brutal, tender, incendiary, and seriously funny, this book is a call to arms for fellow progressives with little real understanding of "the great beery, NASCAR-loving, church-going, gun-owning America that has never set foot in a Starbucks."

About the Author

Joe Bageant writes an online column (www.joebageant.com) that has made him a cult hero among gonzo-journalism junkies and progressives. He has been interviewed on Air America and comments on America's long history of religious fundamentalism in the BBC/Owl documentary The Vision: Americans on America. Until recently he worked as a senior editor for the Primedia History Magazine Group. Bageant and his wife recently downsized their lives in America so that Joe could spend half the year in Belize, where he writes and sponsors a small development project with the Black Carib families of Hopkins Village.

From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

American serfs : inside the white ghetto of the working poor — Republican by default : redneck pride and fear in an age of outsourcing — The deep-fried, double-wide lifestyle : whatever it takes, the mortgage racket will put you under your own roof — Valley of the gun : black powder and buckskin in heartland America — The covert kingdom : they plead upon the blood of Jesus for a theocratic state — The ballad of Lynddie England : one foot in Ulster, the other in Iraq — An authorized place to die : the American health care system on life support — American hologram : the apocalypse will be televised.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307449573
Subtitle:
Dispatches from America's Class War
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Author:
Bageant, Joe
Author:
Joe Bageant
Subject:
Political Science : Essays
Subject:
Social Science : Essays
Subject:
Social Science : Social Classes
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States Social conditions 1980-
Subject:
Social classes -- United States.
Subject:
American
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics-Political Science
Subject:
Politics-United States Culture
Subject:
Sociology-American Studies
Subject:
American Studies-General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology, rural
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080624
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
288

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Product details 288 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307449573 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A Web columnist describes his return to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, and his discovery of the permanent underclass that exists in many American small towns, offering a revealing glimpse of the real lives of the invisible working class that exists in a world of taverns, churches, and double-wide trailers. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , A raucous, truth-telling look at the white working poor-and why they hate liberalism.

Deer Hunting with Jesus is web columnist Joe Bageant’s report on what he learned when he moved back to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, which-like countless American small towns-is fast becoming the bedrock of a permanent underclass. By turns brutal, tender, incendiary, and seriously funny, this book is a call to arms for fellow progressives with little real understanding of "the great beery, NASCAR-loving, church-going, gun-owning America that has never set foot in a Starbucks."

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