Synopses & Reviews
Going Postal examines the phenomenon of rage murder that took America by storm in the early 1980's and has since grown yearly in body counts and symbolic value. By looking at massacres in schools and offices as post-industrial rebellions, Mark Ames is able to juxtapose the historical place of rage in America with the social climate after Reaganomics began to effect worker's paychecks. But why high schools? Why post offices? Mark Ames examines the most fascinating and unexpected cases, crafting a convincing argument for workplace massacres as modern day slave rebellions. Like slave rebellions, rage massacres are doomed, gory, sometimes inadvertently comic, and grossly misunderstood. Going Postal seeks to contextualize this violence in a world where working isn'tand doesnt paywhat it used to. Part social critique and part true crime page-turner, Going Postal answers the questions asked by commentators on the nightly news and films such as Bowling for Columbine.
"Going Postal places office shootings in the context of a workforce that's faced massive, impersonal layoffs, and workers who find themselves just scraping by while their bosses live like kings....It's a fascinating book....[Ames has a] clear and refreshing compassion for the people who head to work every day." Forbes.com
"[A] breezy, barroom Foucault...audacious, necessary reading." Eye Weekly
"A fascinating slice of cultural history that also offers up that rarest of things: an original idea." New York Press
"[Ames's] conclusions are chilling....This is dark and serious stuff." Philadelphia Weekly
"[I]t's a fairly powerful event to find a decent-sized book that does nothing but articulate a series of truths about the American Life you've hardly read about or spoken about, but just simply felt." Pop Matter
The only book to examine the cultural and political significance of rage murder in America.
An eye-opening look at the phenomenon of school and workplace shootings in America, Going Postal explores the rage-murder phenomenon that has plagued and baffled America for the last three decades, and offers some provocative answers to the oft-asked question, "Why?" By juxtaposing the historical place of rage in America with the social climate that has existed since the 1980s when Reaganomics began to widen the gap between executive and average-worker earnings the author crafts a convincing argument that these schoolyard and office massacres can be seen as modern-day slave rebellions. He presents many fascinating and unexpected cases in detail. Like slave rebellions, these massacres are doomed, gory, sometimes even inadvertently comic, and grossly misunderstood. Taking up where Bowling for Columbine left off, this book seeks to set these murders in their proper context and thereby reveal their meaning.
About the Author
Mark Ames is the founding editor of The eXile, a Moscow-based English-language newspaper and web magazine, co-author of the book The eXile: Sex, Drugs and Libel in the New Russia with Matt Taibbi, and author of V Rossiu s Lubovyu, a collection of translated columns published in Russia. He is a regular contributor to The New York Press and has been published in the Nation, Playboy, The San Jose Mercury News, Metro Silicon Valley and several Russian newspapers including Kommersant and Limonka. He has lived in Russia for most of the last ten years.