Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Fear and Loathing in Middle America

A review of Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War by Joe Bageant in The American Prospect by Sasha Abramsky. A number of comments. Abramsky:
No single book will ever be able to fully explain why so much of impoverished America so consistently votes against its own economic self-interest. Likewise, no single book will ever fully explain the unique confluence of historical and cultural forces that created and continues to bulge the Bible Belt. But Bageant, a newcomer to the world of book writing, takes a pretty good stab at it. And he does so in a way that's accessible, raucous and unapologetically foul-mouthed. It's fun reading, and, given his depressing subject matter, that's quite a feat.

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