Deer Hunting With Jesus

Deer Hunting With Jesus

Dispatches From America's Class War

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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
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, c2007
Edition: 1st paperback ed
ISBN: 9780307449573
0307449572
Characteristics: 273 p. ;,20 cm

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jackhwolf
Oct 03, 2017

The book is well written, provocative, if not inflammatory, and very funny. It is written from the perspective of a Left progressive from rural redneck roots who explains why the Left has lost that population b/c the Starbucks Whole Foods liberals are so out of touch with rural white working class America. Written in the Bush era it is even more relevant for the Trump years. I myself am more politically moderate than the author, so find some of his anti business polemic simplistic though Sanders fans would love, but as a Democrat it should be required reading if we want to win elections.

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bogwolf
Jun 06, 2015

Bageant is a keen observer of a population seldom given a sympathetic and complex examination - working-class southern whites. And though his anger is most for the powerful of either political stripe, no one escapes unscathed. Bageant's sense of humor lessens the sting from time to time but his is a despairing voice mostly.

Two essays in particular, from this collection, stand out as excellent - perhaps even *Important*: The Ballad of Lynndie England & The American Hologram.

I advise a reader to take in all the essays in the order the author offers, but if you only have time for a couple, read those two. Good stuff.

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zbN8MbMu
May 02, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I was so impressed with it I am looking forward to reading more of Mr. Bageant's output. I learned a great deal about the people of the US southeast from 'Deer Hunting...' and while I was often entertained and amused by the wonderful writing, I was also informed about life in those parts of the world by someone who loves and despises it; a man who grew up and escaped from it and return.

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Tater
Aug 28, 2010

This is a very good book that goes a long way to explain why the conservative point of view is entrenched among people who have been thoroughly abused by the currently ascendant neoconservative (political)/neoliberal (economic) system. Unfortunately, reading it does not give one hope. Until quality education is extended to all citizens and a generation of working class poor develop the insight and tools to function as citizens in pursuit of betterment, they will be ignoble tools of the establishment. This will not happen in my lifetime.

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bogwolf
Jun 06, 2015

Bageant is a keen observer of a population seldom given a sympathetic and complex examination - working-class southern whites. And though his anger is most for the powerful of either political stripe, no one escapes unscathed. Bageant's sense of humor lessens the sting from time to time but his is a despairing voice mostly.

Two essays in particular, from this collection, stand out as excellent - perhaps even *Important*: The Ballad of Lynndie England & The American Hologram.

I advise a reader to take in all the essays in the order the author offers, but if you only have time for a couple, read those two. Good stuff.

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