Deer Hunting with Jesus

Dispatches from America's Class War

Author: Joe Bageant

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 9780307449573

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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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."

Deer Hunting with Jesus

Dispatches from America's Class War

Author: Joe Bageant

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 030733936X

Category: Political Science

Page: 273

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A Web columnist describes the permanent and largely invisible underclass that resides in many American small towns, examining a section of society that exists in a world of taverns, churches, and double-wide trailers.

Deer Hunting With Jesus

dispatches from America's class war

Author: Joe Bageant

Publisher: Scribe Publications

ISBN: 9781921753312

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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When Joe Bageant returned to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, he rediscovered his redneck roots: ‘the great beery, NASCAR-loving, church-going, gun-owning America that has never set foot in a Starbucks’. But he soon realised that these were the very people who had carried George W. Bush to victory. This seemed ironic, because Winchester, like countless American small towns, was fast becoming the bedrock of a permanent underclass — a white ghetto of the working poor in which two in five people do not finish high school, nearly everyone over fifty has serious health problems and little or no health care, and credit ratings are virtually nonexistent. What it adds up to, Bageant argues, is an unacknowledged, American class war from which alcohol, overeating, and Jesus are the preferred avenues of escape. Deer Hunting with Jesus is a raucous mix of storytelling and political commentary. Bageant delivers a dose of redneck reality, describing ‘white trashonomics’ (mortgage and credit-card rackets that saddle the working poor with debt), the ubiquitous gun culture, factory jobs that are constantly on the verge of being outsourced, and the heady blend of Scots Irish culture with the blinkered ‘magical thinking’ of the Christian right. By turns brutal, tender, incendiary, and seriously funny, Deer Hunting with Jesus is a potent antidote to what Bageant dubs ‘the American hologram’— the televised, corporatised, virtual reality that distracts us from the insidious realities of American life.

Dispatches

Author: Michael Herr

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307814165

Category: History

Page: 272

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"The best book to have been written about the Vietnam War" (The New York Times Book Review); an instant classic straight from the front lines. From its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, Dispatches makes us see, in unforgettable and unflinching detail, the chaos and fervor of the war and the surreal insanity of life in that singular combat zone. Michael Herr’s unsparing, unorthodox retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, rendering clarity from one of the most incomprehensible and nightmarish events of our time. Dispatches is among the most blistering and compassionate accounts of war in our literature.

Rainbow Pie

a redneck memoir

Author: Joe Bageant

Publisher: Scribe Publications

ISBN: 9781921753343

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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Rainbow Pie is a coming-of-age memoir wrapped around a discussion of America’s most taboo subject — social class. Set between 1950 and 1963, Joe Bageant uses Maw, Pap, Ony Mae, and other members of his rambunctious Scots–Irish family to chronicle the often-heartbreaking post-war journey of 22 million rural Americans into the cities, where they became the foundation of a permanent white underclass. Combining recollection, stories, accounts, remembrance, and analysis, the book offers an intimate look at what Americans lost in the massive and orchestrated post-war social and economic shift from an agricultural to an urban consumer society. Along the way, he also provides insights into how ‘the second and third generation of displaced agrarians’, as Gore Vidal described them, now fuel the discontent of America’s politically conservative, God-fearing, Obama-hating ‘red-staters’. These are the gun-owning, uninsured, underemployed white tribes inhabiting America’s urban and suburban heartland: the ones who never got a slice of the pie during the good times, and the ones hit hardest by America’s bad times, and who hit back during election years. Their ‘tough work and tougher luck’ story stretches over generations, and Bageant tells it here with poignancy, indignation, and tinder-dry wit.

Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball

the best of Joe Bageant

Author: Joe Bageant

Publisher: Scribe Publications

ISBN: 1921942339

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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‘Essentially, it comes down to the fact that a very large portion of Americans are crazier than shithouse rats and are being led by a gang of pathological misfits, most of whom are preachers and politicians.’ In 2004, at the age of 58, writer Joe Bageant sensed that the internet could give him editorial freedom. Without having to deal with gatekeepers, he began writing about what he was really thinking, and started submitting his essays to left-of-centre websites. Joe’s essays soon gained a wide following for his forceful style, his sense of humour, and his willingness to discuss the American white underclass — a taboo topic for the mainstream media. Joe called himself a ‘redneck socialist’, and he initially thought most of his readers would be very much like himself. So he was pleasantly surprised when the emails started filling his inbox. There were indeed many letters from men about Joe’s age who had escaped rural poverty. But there were also emails from younger men and women readers, from affluent people who agreed that the political and economic system needed an overhaul, from readers in dozens of countries expressing thanks for an alternative view of American life, and from working-class Americans in all parts of the country. Joe Bageant died in March 2011, having published 89 essays online. The 25 essays presented in Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball have been selected by Ken Smith, who managed Joe’s website and disseminated his work to the wider media and to Joe’s dedicated fans and followers.

Who Stole the American Dream?

Author: Hedrick Smith

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 0812982053

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 579

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Recounts how the American dream has been dismantled over the past forty years by legislative, electoral, and corporate decisions that have compromised the middle class and minimized individual economic and political power.

Richistan

A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich

Author: Robert Frank

Publisher: Crown Business

ISBN: 0307409260

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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The rich have always been different from you and me, but this revealing and funny journey through “Richistan” entertainingly shows that they are more different than ever. Richistanis have 400-foot-yachts, 30,000-square-foot homes, house staffs of more than 100, and their own “arborists.” They’re also different from Old Money, and have torn down blue-blood institutions to build their own shining empire. Richistan is like the best travel writing, full of colorful and interesting stories providing insights into exotic locales. Robert Frank has been loitering on the docks of yacht marinas, pestering his way into charity balls, and schmoozing with real estate agents selling mega-houses to capture the story of the twenty-first century’s nouveau riche: House-training the rich. People with new wealth have to be taught how to act like, well, proper rich people. Just in the nick of time, there’s been a boom in the number of newly trained butlers—“household managers”—who will serve just the right cabernet when a Richistani’s new buddies from Palm Beach stop by. “My boat is bigger than your boat.” Only in Richistan would a 100-foot-boat be considered a dinghy. Personal pleasure craft have started to rival navy destroyers in size and speed. Richistan is also a place where friends make fun of those misers who buy the new girlfriend a mere Mercedes SLK. “You want my money? Prove that you’re helping the needy!” Richistanis are not only consuming like crazy, they’re also shaking up the establishment’s bureaucratic, slow-moving charity network, making lean, results-oriented philanthropy an important new driving force. Move over, Christian Coalition. Richistanis are more Democratic than Republican, “fed up and not going to take it anymore,” and willing to spend millions to get progressive-oriented politicians elected. “My name is Mike and I’m rich.” Think that money is the answer? Think again as Robert Frank explores the emotional complexities of wealth. And, as Robert Frank reveals, there is not one Richistan but three: Lower, Middle, and Upper, each of which has its own levels and distinctions of wealth —the haves and the have-mores. The influence of Richistan and the Richistanis extends well beyond the almost ten million households that make up its population, as the nonstop quest for status and an insatiable demand for luxury goods reshapes the entire American economy. From the Hardcover edition.

Homeplace

A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk

Author: John Lingan

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544930835

Category: Travel

Page: 272

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An intimate account of country music, social change, and a vanishing way of life as a Shenandoah town collides with the twenty-first century Winchester, Virginia is an emblematic American town. When John Lingan first traveled there, it was to seek out Jim McCoy: local honky-tonk owner and the DJ who first gave airtime to a brassy-voiced singer known as Patsy Cline, setting her on a course for fame that outlasted her tragically short life. What Lingan found was a town in the midst of an identity crisis. As the U.S. economy and American culture have transformed in recent decades, the ground under centuries-old social codes has shifted, throwing old folkways into chaos. Homeplace teases apart the tangle of class, race, and family origin that still defines the town, and illuminates questions that now dominate our national conversation—about how we move into the future without pretending our past doesn't exist, about what we salvage and what we leave behind. Lingan writes in “penetrating, soulful ways about the intersection between place and personality, individual and collective, spirit and song.”* * Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams

New Class Society

Goodbye American Dream?

Author: Robert Perrucci,Earl Wysong

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742545540

Category: Social Science

Page: 451

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A fourth edition of this textbook is now available. The New Class Society provides a fresh, lucid, and compelling exploration of U.S. class structure, social inequities, and the fading American Dream. This third edition extends the author's distributional model of class analysis and class-based power networks model developed in earlier editions. The narrative has been revised and new, recent examples of topics, issues, and events are included that illustrate how the authors' approach to class analysis directly relates to today's news, social issues, and global developments. The book demonstrates how and why, over the last thirty years, class inequalities in the U.S. have been widened, hardened, and have been legitimized. The text includes new "Class Issues in the Media" sidebar readings at the end of each chapter and, like earlier editions, is written for a wide audience featuring many insightful figures, tables, and cartoons. This book is an essential text for students and citizens interested in understanding the nature and significance of class structures and inequalities in the U.S. today.

Ghetto Nation

Dispatches from America's Culture War

Author: Cora Daniels

Publisher: Harlem Moon

ISBN: 0767922409

Category: Social Science

Page: 213

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An award-winning journalist and cultural commentator offers a provocative study of the influence of "ghetto" attitudes, lifestyles, and mores on urban communities and American culture, in a thoughtful critique of a persona that is demeaning to women, devalues education, celebrates the worst African-American stereotypes, and provokes the destruction of civil peace. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Ad Nauseam

A Survivor's Guide to American Consumer Culture

Author: Carrie McLaren,Jason Torchinsky

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429956888

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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With the style and irreverence of Vice magazine and the critique of the corporatocracy that made Naomi Klein's No Logo a global hit, the cult magazine Stay Free!—long considered the Adbusters of the United States—is finally offering a compendium of new and previously published material on the impact of consumer culture on our lives. The book questions, in the broadest sense, what happens to human beings when their brains are constantly assaulted by advertising and corporate messages. Most people assert that advertising is easily ignored and doesn't have any effect on them or their decision making, but Ad Nauseam shows that consumer pop culture does take its toll. In an engaging, accessible, and graphically appealing style, Carrie McLaren and Jason Torchinsky (as well as contributors such as David Cross, The Onion's Joe Garden, The New York Times's Julie Scelfo, and others) discuss everything from why the TV program CSI affects jury selection, to the methods by which market researchers stalk shoppers, to how advertising strategy is like dog training. The result is an entertaining and eye-opening account of the many ways consumer culture continues to pervade and transform American life.

It Can Happen Here

Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush

Author: Joe Conason

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312379308

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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An impassioned and cautionary analysis of the state of democracy in America charges powerful factions from the political right with conspiring with big businesses, promoting religious agendas at the expense of scientific logic, and using fear-monger tactics to perpetuate war. By the author of Big Lies. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

Eternal hostility

the struggle between theocracy and democracy

Author: Frederick Clarkson

Publisher: Csbs

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 277

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How should we respond to violence against abortion clinics and some of the lunatic, even comical pronouncements of individuals on the religious right? Frederick Clarkson makes it clear that behind the lone nuts who sometimes grace the headline news is a powerful and growing political movement. Drawing on years of rigorous research, Clarkson casts light on the wild card of the "theology of vigilantism" which urges the enforcement of "God's law.

Fooled Again

How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & why They'll Steal the Next One Too (unless We Stop Them)

Author: Mark Crispin Miller

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 9780465045792

Category: Political Science

Page: 364

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Argues that George Bush's victory in the 2004 election was the result of a pattern of fradulent practices ranging from vote suppression to illegal counting procedures and calls for election reform to prevent such abuses in the future.

Steep

The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party

Author: Lawrence Rosenthal,Christine Trost

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520274237

Category: Political Science

Page: 297

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"Steep brings together many of the leading scholars on modern, U.S.-right-wing politics. An exceptionally important and timely collection that sheds new light on the Tea Party phenomenon." - Kathleen Blee, author of Inside Organized Racism: Women in the Hate Movement "Steep is deep. Its contribution of genuine interdisciplinary scholarship to the phenomenon of the Tea Party is one the best things to happen to our understanding of contemporary right-wing politics. This is an outstanding place for concerned citizens to understand the movement, whether it ends up rising or falling." - Rick Perlstein, author of Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus and Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

Nisa

The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman

Author: Marjorie Shostak

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134157665

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 412

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Married at twelve, then separated, divorced and widowed, Nisa is the mother of four children, none of whom survived. She is strong, capable of foraging on her own in one of the world's most hostile environments, not dependent on any man for her daily sustenance and ready to talk to anyone as her equal. Wise, full of humour at the absurdities of life and courageous in the face of its defeats, she is bawdy, practical and incurably romantic. She is a woman of the !Khung people who live by means of humanity's oldest survival strategy - gathering and hunting. This book is the remarkable story of Nisa's life, told in her own words to Marjorie Shostak. It is a story full of echoes from a female past that we can never know directly. But it is also Nisa's unique story, her own voice, her own dignity. In anyone's culture, she is a remarkable woman.

The End of Country

Dispatches from the Frack Zone

Author: Seamus McGraw

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 0812980646

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 245

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"Susquehanna County, in the remote northeastern corner of Pennsylvania, is a community of stoic, low-income dairy farmers and homesteaders seeking haven from suburban sprawl--and the site of the Marcellus Shale, a natural gas deposit worth more than one trillion dollars. In The End of Country, journalist and area native Seamus McGraw opens a window on the battle for control of this land, revealing a conflict that pits petrodollar billionaires and the forces of corporate America against a band of locals determined to extract their fair share of the windfall--but not at the cost of their values or their way of life. Rich with a sense of place and populated by unforgettable personalities, McGraw tells a tale of greed, hubris, and envy, but also of hope, family, and the land that binds them all together."--Publisher description.

Introducing Social Stratification

The Causes & Consequences of Inequality

Author: Kasturi DasGupta

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Pub

ISBN: 9781626371835

Category: Social Science

Page: 450

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Does everyone in the US have an equal chance to ¿make it¿? What explains the enduring power of racism and sexism? How does our sociopolitical system generate inequality? These are just a few of the questions explored in this accessible introduction to the complex problem of social stratification. Kasturi DasGupta clearly explains the social and economic mechanisms that serve to preserve and even deepen social stratification in the US. Enriched with case studies and examples throughout, her text is carefully designed both to engage students and to help them see past cultural myths to grasp the underpinnings and consequences of social inequality.

The Forever War

Author: Dexter Filkins

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307270344

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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National Bestseller One of the Best Books of the Year: New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, and Time An instant classic of war reporting, The Forever War is the definitive account of America's conflict with Islamic fundamentalism and a searing exploration of its human costs. Through the eyes of Filkins, a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, we witness the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, the aftermath of the attack on New York on September 11th, and the American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Filkins is the only American journalist to have reported on all these events, and his experiences are conveyed in a riveting narrative filled with unforgettable characters and astonishing scenes. Brilliant and fearless, The Forever War is not just about America's wars after 9/11, but about the nature of war itself.