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

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Crown/Archetype, Jun 24, 2008 - Social Science - 288 pages
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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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In this trenchant, aggravating, humorous, and heartbreaking book, Bageant, whose blog, Bridgewater, Washington State Univ. Lib., Vancouver Read full review

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This book was interesting for the insight it provides into the social and political outlook of the poor rural whites of Joe Bageant's hometown. That said, the content here is not particularly new, but I appreciated reading about in a first-person perspective.
The book is a collection of related essays in a narrative style that I, personally, found off-putting: plaintive, deprecating, and self-deprecating. Not that the style is dismissive or unsympathetic, but rather that it contains an undercurrent of overblown fatalism that, while possibly reflective of the way the people he writes about see the world, seems to hinder rather than help efforts to change the status quo.

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Valley of the
The Covert Kingdom
The Ballad of Lynddie England
An Authorized Place to
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Joe Bageant wrote an online column that 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. He worked as a senior editor for the Primedia History Magazine Group before moving to Belize, where he wrote and sponsored a small development project with the Black Carib families of Hopkins Village.

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