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
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
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
While there most definitely IS scholarship, this is not an academic text - it's part travelogue, part angry screed, part observation, part humor book; it is many things. Academic text is it not, however.
I rated it so highly because of my personal enjoyment of this book...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
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
He lists the Seven Dea...more
BTW, I gave the book two stars, but if possible I probably would have given it 2.5....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
There are, of course, people who believe that religion should be involved in politics. Many live in the South. Newsflash, Mr. Thompson: I live in Pennsylvania...more
Further, the chapter on college football (I understand this is all tongue-in-cheek mind you) seems especially spurious. How does...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
Unconvincing: the north keeping Texas.