Waltzing At The Doomsday Ball: The Best Of Joe Bageant by Joe BageantWaltzing At The Doomsday Ball: The Best Of Joe Bageant by Joe Bageant

Waltzing At The Doomsday Ball: The Best Of Joe Bageant

byJoe BageantEditorKen Smith

Paperback | December 8, 2011

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'Essentially, it comes down to the fact that a very large portion of Americans are crazier than shithouse rats and are being led by a gang of pathological misfits, most of whom are preachers and politicians.'In 2004, at the age of 58, writer Joe Bageant sensed that the internet could give him editorial freedom. Without having to deal with gatekeepers, he began writing about what he was really thinking, and started submitting his essays to left-of-centre websites.Joe's essays soon gained a wide following for his forceful style, his sense of humour, and his willingness to discuss the American white underclass - a taboo topic for the mainstream media. Joe called himself a 'redneck socialist', and he initially thought most of his readers would be very much like himself. So he was pleasantly surprised when the emails started filling his inbox. There were indeed many letters from men about Joe's age who had escaped rural poverty. But therewere also emails from younger men and women readers, from affluent people who agreed that the political and economic system needed an overhaul, from readers in dozens of countries expressing thanks for an alternative view of American life, and from working-class Americans in all parts of the country.Joe Bageant died in March 2011, having published 89 essays online. The 25 essays presented in Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball have been selected by Ken Smith, who managed Joe's website and disseminated his work to the wider media and to Joe's dedicated fans and followers.
Joe Bageant frequently appeared on US National Public Radio and the BBC, and wrote for newspapers and magazines internationally. He was a commentator on the politics of class in America, and his book Deer Hunting with Jesus: dispatches from America's class war has been adapted for the theatre. He also wrote an online column (www.joeba...
Title:Waltzing At The Doomsday Ball: The Best Of Joe BageantFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:December 8, 2011Publisher:Scribe PublicationsLanguage:English

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Editorial Reviews

Bageant may write like a dream but he hasn't forgotten where he came from ... Cutting through the corporatist film-flam, he describes just what trouble America is in.''[Bageant] realized that the U.S. was the greatest snow job of all time. He likened the place to a hologram, in which everyone in the country was trapped inside, with no knowledge that the world (U.S. included) was not what U.S. government propaganda, or just everyday cultural propaganda, said it was ... Joe knew what he was talking about, and knew it intimately; which meant he understood that there was no reversing the situation, no saving America at the eleventh hour.' - Morris Berman, author of Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire'Bageant must be one of only a handful of people who can provide and understanding of what America's redneck underclass is thinking. The mix of storytelling and political commentary is superb.'