Hella Nation: In Search of the Lost Tribes of America

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Corgi, 2010 - Popular culture - 384 pages
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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 ber-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.

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About the author (2010)

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.

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