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

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

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By (author) Joe Bageant

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 273 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 201mm x 18mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 24 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307339378
  • ISBN 13: 9780307339379
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 29,251

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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--Mark Crispin Miller, author of Fooled Again.

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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."

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"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. Bageant'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, e