Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession
To be fair, nobody should come here expecting to read a nuanced critique of racial and economic tensions between North and South. My best hope was ...more
The worst part is while I am also a Northern pinko that generally agrees with him on the sorry state of the un ...more
The author does not provide new information, but he he does give anyone who wants to rag on the South plenty of statistics, anec ...more
Over the years, there has always been talk coming from Texas and Alaska (specifically) about "seceding" from the United States.
Considering all the hate, discontent, and vitriolic that has been emanating from the southern states during Pres. Obama's first term, it is no surprise that author Chuck Thompson chose to research and write this book.
By the way, the book was publi ...more
WOOHOO!!!!! and HOLY CRAP!!!!!! I can barely wait until this book is released in August and the s--- hits the fan. What a great time for me to be working in a bookstore! Finally an author who tells it like it is. It would be even funnier if it weren't so true, but I did laugh out loud--often. I've known for years that the South held an awful lot of power in this country, but I never understood how and why. I certainly do now, and I don't like it. Cheers to C ...more
Category – Politics/History
This book is controversial, opinionated, and, humorous but serious in some respects. You will love the book if you are a Northerner, Obama backer, Liberal, and a Democrat. You will hate it if you are a Southerner, Anti-Obama, Conservative, and a Republican. Either way I recommend the book.
Chuck Thompson puts forth the proposal that the USA, would be better off if the Southern States would seced ...more
A native Alaskan, familiar with fielding questions like “do you live in igloos?” Thompson hits below the Bible Belt and at the two solitudes of the ...more
Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession, by Chuck Thompson, is an engaging and provocative examination of US North/South tensions through the conceit of Thompson's semi-serious proposition that the South ought to be allowed to secede after all, because the North would be "better off without 'em".
To explore this suggestion, Thompson takes off on a road trip through the Confederacy and nearby areas, confronting Southerners of various descriptions and finally convoking a...more
He lists the Seven Dea ...more
-- "It's not easy to look into the twinkling eyes of a seventy-seven-year-old grandmother--a short woman in a pink T-shirt and floppy, white beach hat, the maker of someone's favorite sweet potato pie, a woman who says 'God bless you with an extra dose of sugar'--and tell her that a life spent in the ...more
In some respects, Thompson is correct. Many of the more conservative people live in the South. Also, lots of the fundamentalist Christians also live in my part of the country. However, there are many liberal folks around here, just as there are many conservativ ...more
Unconvincing: the north keeping Texas.
It i ...more
1) A serious review of the practical reasons for, and implications of, a succession of basically "The South" sans Texas from the current United States and
2) An attempted humor book where a jackass Yankee crams as many juvenile (if often pretty fuckin' funny) jokes about the South as possible into the text.
Thompson doesn't mix these two disparate concepts particularly well, resulting in a disjointed read that could've been much better i ...more