Better Off Without 'em

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Better Off Without 'em

A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession

By Chuck Thompson

Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781451616668, 312pp.

Publication Date: July 16, 2013

"As if Kevin Phillips's "American Theocracy" were being narrated by "Rolling" "Stone"'s Matt Taibbi," Chuck Thompson's "viciously funny and thoroughly tasteless" examination of Southern secession was one of the most controversial books of the year ("Washington Monthly").
Chuck Thompson dubbed savagely funny by the New York Times and wickedly entertaining by the San Francisco Chronicle spent two years traveling the American South to determine whether, as he d long suspected but not yet proven, the whole country might be better off letting Dixieland make good on its two-hundred-years-old threat to secede. The result is a long overdue and serious inquiry into national divides that is deliberately provocative and uproariously funny while making a compelling case for a kind of no-fault divorce for nation-states: no hard feelings, just two adults who can t quite make the relationship work, shaking hands and walking away (The Oxford American).

About the Author
Chuck Thompson, the author of "Smile When You re Lying", is a former features editor for "Maxim" and was the first editor in chief of "Travelocity" magazine and served as part of the editorial team for the launch of He has traveled on assignment in more than thirty-five countries and his writing and photography have appeared in "The Atlantic", "Esquire", "National Geographic Adventure", "Playboy", "Spy", "Escape", "WWE Magazine, Outside", "Men's Journal", and the "Los Angeles Times". He lives in the Pacific Northwest.