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Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball: The Best of Joe Bageant

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The only collection of Joe Bageant’s essays available in book form, this compilation features 25 essays by the self-proclaimed redneck socialist. Exploring the plight of America’s white, “redneck” underclass—a topic considered taboo for the mainstream media—with insight, humor, compassion, and rage, this record is the result of the editorial freedom Bageant gained via the ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Scribe Publications Pty Ltd. (first published November 28th 2011)
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This isn't nearly as good as Bageant's other books, probably because it was never really intended to be one. Rather, it's a collection of blog posts Bageant wrote between 2004 and 2010 compiled in book form. As such, it's kind of more of a supplement to Bageant's "real" books than it is a standalone work. I appreciated Deer Hunting With Jesus and especially Rainbow Pie , but those were serious works that Bageant put serious effort into. This isn't, and I wonder how Bageant would've felt to le ...more
Mikel Miller
From my Amazon review: After reading this great collection of essays published by the literary executor for Joe Bageant, I want to go back and read at least one of Bageant's earlier works. This is great writing, full of insights about what some folks see as wrong with American thinking about many social problems. You may not agree with all of Bageant's observations, or especially the viewpoints of his characters, but they will make you think. After all, that's one of the reasons people read book ...more
Bob Conner
Joe Bageant is probably THE authority on the culture of the mining hollers in Virginia an the rest of the Southeast. Having been raised amongst them, his perspective of the very poor is honest and extraordinarily insightful.

If you've ever wondered why the very poor constantly support employers who treat them poorly; why they insist upon voting against their own interest, and why they very often die at an early age, Joe will clarify it in an enjoyable read.
Not quite as good as his Deer Hunting with Jesus, but a sad progression of despair at the American current state of being. Easy to dismiss as a lefty wacko screed, if it weren't for him voicing your worst vision of the future. For an anti-establishment, anti-religious kind of guy, he sounds an awful lot like the lone voice calling for moral action. RIP Joe.
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Joe Bageant: Born in rural Virginia. After stint in Navy became anti-war hippie, ran off to the West Coast ... lived in communes, hippie school buses... started writing about holy men, countercultural figures, rock stars and the American scene in 1971 ... lived in Boulder, Colorado until mid 1980s ... 14 years in all ... became a Marxist and a half-assed Buddhist ... Traveled to Central America to ...more
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