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Hella nation : in search of lost the tribes of America (edition 2010)

by Evan Wright

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Title:Hella nation : in search of lost the tribes of America
Authors:Evan Wright
Info:London : Corgi, 2010.
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Hella Nation: Looking for Happy Meals in Kandahar, Rocking the Side Pipe, Wingnut's War Against the Gap, and Other Adventures with the Totally Lost Tribes of America by Evan Wright

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I went into this without having any idea what it would be about. Thankfully I really liked it. Each essay was a glimpse into parts of America I hadn't previously known anything about. This kind of stuff makes for great conversation starters and it also can be very eye-opening. Many of the essays covered complete scumbags (like Pat Dollard) who had gotten rich and/or famous using different cons, scams and selling hatred. It was always fascinating that these people never ended up in jail, but were often harassed by the law and would at times end up completely broke and dying, only to recover and get rich again.

It's unfortunate that many of the essays kind of leave you hanging, but considering that the people are still alive, I guess their stories haven't finished yet. ( )
  ragwaine | Dec 26, 2016 |
Evan Wright falls in with the weirdest people and gets them to open up to him. The dark underside of American culture -- a trip that is not for everyone!
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  annodoom | Jun 12, 2013 |
This was a fascinating insight into a range of often bizarre characters within American society - Evan Wright himself notwithstanding for his ability to ride along in some very strange scenarios that would have seen any truly sane person making polite excuses like, "I think I can hear my mum calling." Wright is an engaging writer with either that sheer dumb luck that is at the core of most good journalism of simply being in the right place at the right time or a real skill at finding something interesting in everyone and everything. ( )
  LadyHax | Apr 22, 2010 |
I won this book from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.I found this book to be a good read, but it did not live up to the standards I was expecting. Evan Wright takes you deep into the lives of all of the different and truly interesting "sub-cultures" of his subjects, and his casual way of writing makes you feel as if you are in a personally conversation with the author. However, I felt as though I was left wanting more at the end of each chapter/story. I was expecting a more encompassing view into these subcultures, but felt as if the author was able to just touch the tip of the iceberg. I did enjoy the writing style, though the language and subject matter can tend to be a little crude at times, though that is part of the honesty in his writing. As a book I was disappointed. I would have enjoyed the stories seperately as some were previously published, and I would love to see this author spend more time with his subjects and even write a complete book on each subject versus the shorter stories. Overall, I would recommend this book to certain friends and I would read other works by the same author. ( )
  dahabdabbler | Mar 6, 2010 |
I don't normally read a lot of journalist novels - with a few exceptions (Jon Krakauer and Hunter Thompson), but this one appealed to me right away. I think maybe it Wright's unusual background - starting out your career in journalism in the pornography industry has to give you a unique point of view. And it did, but not only that, it gave him empathy without being condescending - something I don't see that often when journalists report on the marginalized.

Anyway, an interesting, refreshing read. Probably not for everybody, but for anyone interested in culture or politics or society I'd definitely recommend!( ( )
  paroof | Jul 22, 2009 |
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Hella Nation: In Search of the Lost Tribes of America and Hella Nation: Looking for Happy Meals in Kandahar, Rocking the Side Pipe, Wingnut's WarAgainst the GAP, and Other Adventures with the Totally Lost Tribes of America are different titles for the same book.
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Rolling Stone writer Wright offers 12 tales of outsiders, people more or less living off the grid in mainstream America. He profiles, for example, a member of Delta Company in Kandahar in southeastern Afghanistan dueling with the Taliban; a fun-loving regular at a dance hall; a committed local anarchist engaging in street theater at a global trade conference; a pastor of the Aryan Nation preaching against the evils of blacks and Jews; and two HIV-infected former porn stars.… (more)

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