Hella Nation

Hella Nation : In Search of the Lost Tribes of America

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Hella Nation charts Wright's deeply personal journey, from his stark but sympathetic portrayals of sex workers in Porn Valley to his raw portrait of a Hollywood uber-agent turned war documentarian and hero of America's far right. Along the way he meets runaway teens in Hollywood earning corporate dollars as skateboard pitchmen, radical anarchists plotting the overthrow of capitalism from tree-sits in the Oregon rainforest and young American troops on the hunt for terrorists in the combat zones of the Middle East. His subjects are people for whom The American Dream is either just out of grasp, or something they have chosen to reject altogether. Sometimes frightening, usually profane, and often darkly comic, Hella Nation is Wright's meticulously observed tour of the jagged edges of all those other Americas hiding in plain sight.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 29mm | 326g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552173584
  • 9780552173582

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"A comically macabre portrait of American life...Wright may have even created his own genre of reporting." * USA Today * "Priceless... staggering... takes your breath away" * Metro * "Readers of Generation Kill will definitely want to pick up this hugely entertaining book. Funny, mesmerizing, frightening, and mind-boggling" * Booklist * "[Evan Wright's] style owes more to Hunter S. Thompson than to any sort of political correctness" * Newsday * "Vivid confirmation of the arrival of a major chronicler of those who live on or beyond the margins of the American mainstream" * Kirkus Reviews *show more

About Evan Wright

Evan Wright is the New York Times bestselling author of Generation Kill and the co-writer of the award-winning television series it became in collaboration with the creators of The Wire. A contributing editor to Vanity Fair, he has also written for Rolling Stone, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards, and for Generation Kill he received a Los Angeles Times Book Award and a PEN Literary Award, inter alia. He lives in southern California.show more

Review Text

"Vivid confirmation of the arrival of a major chronicler of those who live on or beyond the margins of the American mainstream"show more

Back cover copy

Evan Wright has always felt at home with outsiders, the people he calls ‘the lost tribes of America’. In Hella Nation, he writes about men and women from the extreme fringes of today’s dominant culture – sex workers, anarchists, cranked-up soldiers, skateboarders, neo-Nazis, criminals. But they all have one thing in common: they just don’t fit in…show more

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755 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 21% (156)
4 38% (286)
3 34% (254)
2 6% (47)
1 2% (12)
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