Years before Hillbilly Elegy and White Trash, a raucous, truth-telling look at the white working poor -- and why they have learned to hate liberalism. What it adds up to, he asserts, is an unacknowledged class war.
By turns 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 is Joe Bageant’s report on what he learned when he moved back to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia. Like countless American small towns, it is fast becoming the bedrock of a permanent underclass. Two in five of the people in his old neighborhood do not have high school diplomas or health care. Alcohol, overeating, and Jesus are the preferred avenues of escape.
He writes of:
• His childhood friends who work at factory jobs that are constantly on the verge of being outsourced
• The mortgage and credit card rackets that saddle the working poor with debt
• The ubiquitous gun culture—and why the left doesn’ t get it
• Scots Irish culture and how it played out in the young life of Lynddie England
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Deer Hunting with Jesus
I used to think that rednecks were a group to be laughed at or ignored. Then I found out they’re the main reason George W. Bush was elected president and the more I read about them the less funny they became. The group of belligerent white people we call rednecks have contributed disproportionally to American culture and the American enterprise. Rednecks are deeply reflected in American poetry and prose, humor and history, war and religion. As a force in society they need to be understood and Joe Bageant’s book gives all the details. Deer Hunting with Jesus is a delight, full of vivid writing, chuckles, scatological texture, and solid reportage. If you’re a redneck, sleeping with a redneck, the son or daughter of a redneck, or just simply wanting to understand more about the power and the infamy of America’s white trash culture, this book is a must-read.
This book was recommended to me to better understand the gun culture in America. It does this and more, it is really an examination of a part of America that is all but invisible to urban and suburban dwellers. Bageant's prose is as sharp as the crack of a deer rifle. Highly recommended.
He is the awessomeest man in the world