by Joe Bageant
This book is a provocative look at southern rural communities in general, and Winchester, Virginia, the author's hometown, specifically. The author describes the culture and traditions of the inhabitants of these areas, and he pulls no punches in his descriptions. Do not look for any semblance of political correctness in this one -- he tells it just how he sees it. While large parts can be construed as rants against conservatives/Republicans, he doesn't spare liberals/Democrats, either. He makes several interesting points, and has references and statistics to back up his claims. He states the importance of education as well as a decent working wage in creating well-informed voters.