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The Redneck Manifesto

. How Hillbillies, Hicks, and White Trash Became America's Scapegoats by: Jim Goad

You must have been sleeping if you missed all the talk about J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy, published mid-2016 to rave reviews, though the story itself is somewhat sad. As the name implies, the book deals with the loss of the Appalachian culture, values, and a small town "hillbilly's" memories of life as he knew it.

Jim Goad's Redneck Manifesto is, just like the title, utterly the opposite end of the spectrum, yet curiously, about the same subject. So imagine a lost love song with soaring strings and a flute as compared to Goth rock. And there you have it.

Goad is a hyper-masculine writer on speed. He writes long - but coherent - sentences full of challenge, anger, velocity and vicious humor. But for all that, he is astoundingly insightful and thoughtful.

While he "identifies" (I swore I would never use that verb in quite that sense!) as a Redneck, his actual roots w…

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