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Redneck Boy in the Promised Land: The Confessions of "Crazy Cooter"

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Redneck Boy in the Promised Land is Ben Jones’s hilarious, uplifting life story of escaping the rail yards and finding success in the unlikeliest places. As a child, Jones called a dingy railroad shack with no electricity or indoor plumbing home. An unabashed Southern redneck from a "likker drinkin’, hell-raisin’" family, Jones grew up in the depressed railroad docks outsi ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Harmony (first published 2008)
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Shane Birley
Sep 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who grew up with The Dukes of Hazzard.
Recommended to Shane by: Vancouver Public Library
Shelves: library-books
I finished this book the other day and I found it to be one of the best biographies I have read in a while.

I don't want to spoil this book because it is filled with a lot of great information about his life, his career, and the times we are all in.

The best line from the book (paraphrased): "...the entire Endowment for the Arts cost one half of one wing of one B2 Bomber."

Thanks, Ben for sharing your life story. I expect another volume in a few years time.
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Rachel Jones
May 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It is a pretty weird experience to read your father's memoir. Especially since I had front row seats to a lot of what went down in the book. (e.g., I spent a lot of time in dive bars growing up). But I thought my dad was really honest, and I found his writing to be funny, revealing, and brave. ...more
Colleen Mertens
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I needed a celebrity autobiography for a book challenge I was doing so why not read about Cooter from the Dukes of Hazzard. He led an interesting life. I enjoyed seeing how he moved from poverty to actor to politician and how he embraces who and what he was. He doesn't make excuses for things he did and seems to be honest about his life. I enjoyed this book immensely.
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Lisa Jo
Jul 07, 2017 added it
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I was on vacation with a friend in Nashville. We went to one of those big touristy gift shops so she could buy souvenirs for her family and friends. I found this book and being a book lover and a collector of signed books, I could not resist. I believe I bought this in 2009. Finally getting to it.
Callie Palmquist
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

Leaned a lot about Ben Jones. It’s an eye opener to the world of a southern boy who went on to be famous
Nic
Nov 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
If you were like me as a child, you watched the Dukes of Hazard religiously, so you know that Ben Jones played Cooter, Hazard's go-to guy for car repairs and loyal friend of those crazy Duke boys.

I wasn't sure I'd like the book or that it would even interest me, but I gave it a try, and I am so glad I did. Jones has a tongue-in-cheek way of describing things that is both amusing and truthful. He grew up in a time where kids had to use their imaginations for entertainment because Nintendo and Pla
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J.M.
Apr 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, memoirs
I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting to read about the early life of Ben Jones, AKA "Crazy Cooter" on THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, and how he went from hardscrabble to Hollywood to Congress. I grew up on the Dukes and this inside look into the real life of someone I used to watch on television as a kid really resonated with me. It doesn't hurt that Jones has a natural flair for storytelling and an easy way with words. His writing style made even the most difficult parts of the book readable ~ ...more
Sheila
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the autobiography of Ben Jones, Cooter from The Dukes of Hazard. I found it interesting, charming, and delightful. It's a quick read of his life in WWII Portsmith, VA through his days of protesting for civil rights in the 60's to his acting and his time in politics and after. He did a lot. I liked reading of history through his eyes especially the civil rights movement and his time in the House of Representatives. He's done and seen a lot. It was also fun as he recalled his days on The D ...more
Bob Klein
Feb 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Couldn't get into it. Ben Jones has quite a story I'm sure, but after 50 pp of trying, it couldn't sustain my interest. The title may put some people off (it is not Jeff Foxworthy-esque in any sense, but closer to Andy Griffith Show!). ...more
Sharon
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was ok
Ben Jones grew up in a railroad track home without electricity, earns fame and fortune as "Cooter" in the TV series "The Dukes of Hazard" and becomes a US Senator. Unfortunately, how he did all that just wasn't very interesting. ...more
Amy
Apr 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Interesting to a point -- sometimes got the feeling that this is a part of his 12-step program and that he had to atone to some of the people named in the book.
Nancyhoward
Apr 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
it's SO a southern childs' life and the way it was in the 60s.

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Dad
Oct 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great story about a boy from Portsmouth VA and the lessons he learned.
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Ben Jones was born in the north of England in 1981. He started writing poetry as a way to entertain his friends and avoid boredom. When not working on his upcoming novel, Resident Neville , Ben spends most of his days writing humorous poetry and off-beat nursery rhymes, and seeking cakes with his partner and their two children.

Jones' debut children's title,  The Curious Misadventures of The S
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