Hella Nation: Looking for Happy Meals in Kandahar, Rocking the Side Pipe,Wingnut's War Against the Gap, and Other Adventures with the Totally Lost Tribes of America

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Penguin, Apr 2, 2009 - Social Science - 352 pages
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The New York Times bestselling author of Generation Kill immerses himself in even more cultures on the edge.

Evan Wright's affinity for outsiders has inspired this deeply personal journey through what he calls "the lost tribes of America." A collection of previously published pieces, Hella Nation delivers provocative accounts of sex workers in Porn Valley, a Hollywood über-agent-turned-war documentarian and hero of America's far right, runaway teens earning corporate dollars as skateboard pitchmen, radical anarchists plotting the overthrow of corporate America, and young American troops on the hunt for terrorists in the combat zones of the Middle East
 

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I went into this without having any idea what it would be about. Thankfully I really liked it. Each essay was a glimpse into parts of America I hadn't previously known anything about. This kind of ... Read full review

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This was a fascinating insight into a range of often bizarre characters within American society - Evan Wright himself notwithstanding for his ability to ride along in some very strange scenarios that ... Read full review

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Contents

NOT MUCH WAR BUT PLENTY OF HELL
PISS DRUNK
WINGNUTS LAST DAY ON EARTH
HEIL HITLER AMERICA
MAD DOGS LAWYERS
TOUGH
PORTRAIT OF A CON ARTIST
SCENES FROM MY LIFE IN PORN
FOREVER FOURTEEN
PAT DOLLARDS WAR ON HOLLYWOOD
Acknowledgements
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About the author (2009)

Evan Wright is the author of Generation Kill, now the basis of the HBO miniseries for which he served as co-writer.

Wright earned his degree in medieval and Renaissance studies from Vassar College, an education he soon put work at Hustler magazine, where he served as "Entertainment Editor." In the late 1990's he began writing feature articles for Rolling Stone.

At Rolling Stone Wright focused on youth subcultures, from radical environmentalists to skinheads to sorority girls. His work is characterized by immersion in his subjects' worlds, detailed reporting and dark humor.

After 9/ll he pitched his editor on the idea that since the US military was "basically another youth subculture," he ought to be writing about it. He has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards, one for reporting on the war in Iraq in Rolling Stone and the other for a profile published in Vanity Fair.

Generation Kill received numerous awards, including the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Los Angeles Times book award, a PEN USA literary prize and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's award for "Best History of the Marine Corps."

He is currently at work on two books for Putnam:

Hella Nation, a collection of essays and reporting to be published in the Spring of 2009

The Seed, a reported memoir of brainwashing to be published in the Summer of 2010.

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