Deer Hunting with Jesus

Dispatches from America's Class War

By Joe Bageant
(Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9780307339379, 273pp.)

Publication Date: June 24, 2008

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“Bageant moves back to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, and gives us a scathing (and funny!) indictment of America's blindness to the working class -- presented with personal insight, history, anecdotes, and hard facts.”
-- Stacie Williams, Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop, Milwaukee, WI

A raucous, truth-telling look at the white working poor-and why they hate liberalism.
"Deer Hunting with Jesus" is web columnist Joe Bageant's report on what he learned when he moved back to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, which-like countless American small towns-is fast becoming the bedrock of a permanent underclass. By turns brutal, 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.

About the Author
Joe Bageant writes an online column ( that has made him a cult hero among gonzo-journalism junkies and progressives. He has been interviewed on Air America and comments on America's long history of religious fundamentalism in the BBC/Owl documentary The Vision: Americans on America. Until recently he worked as a senior editor for the Primedia History Magazine Group. Bageant and his wife recently downsized their lives in America so that Joe could spend half the year in Belize, where he writes and sponsors a small development project with the Black Carib families of Hopkins Village.

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