After thirty years spent scratching together a middle-class life out of a adirt-poora childhood, Joe Bageant moved back to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, where he realized that his family and neighbors were the very people who carried George W. Bush to victory. That was ironic, because Winchester, like countless American small towns, 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. Nearly everyone over fifty has serious health problems, and many have no health care. Credit ratings are low or nonexistent, and alcohol, overeating, and Jesus are the preferred avenues of escape. A raucous mix of storytelling and political commentary, Deer Hunting with Jesus is Bageantas report on what he learned by coming home. 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, i.e., awhite trashonomicsa; the ubiquitous gun cultureaand why the left doesnat get it; Scots Irish culture and how it played out in the young life of Lynddie England; and the blinkered amagical thinkinga of the Christian right. (Bageantas brother is a Baptist pastor who casts out demons.) What it adds up to, he asserts, is an unacknowledged class war. By turns brutal, tender, incendiary, and seriously funny, this book is a call to arms for fellow progressives with little real understanding of athe great beery, NASCAR-loving, church-going, gun-owning America that has never set foot in a Starbucks.a Deer Hunting with Jesus is a potent antidote to what Bageant dubs athe American hologramaathe televised, corporatized virtual reality that distracts us from the insidious realities of American life. From the Hardcover edition.By turns brutal, tender, incendiary, and seriously funny, this book is a call to arms for fellow progressives with little real understanding of athe great beery, NASCAR-loving, church-going, gun-owning America that has never set foot in a ...
|Title||:||Deer Hunting with Jesus|
|Publisher||:||Broadway Books - 2008-06-24|