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Angry white male or astute social critic? Whichever, Goad (he's not using a pseudonym, is he?) bellows a primal scream in defense of white working-class wage serfs. There is not a meek, mealy-mouthed word in this tract, so readers had better strap themselves in if they recoil from cussing, epithets for every blankety-blank group under the sun, or chapter titles such as "Several Compelling Arguments for the Enslavement of All White Liberals." This tract is so hyperbolic, so vitriolic, so viciously funny, so unrestrained, that its sheer outlandishness might indicate that Goad is just venting a sustained satire. But his harangue is in earnest, a high-decibel diatribe agin' big gummint, high taxes, big business, and the media reiteration of (white) racism as the metaexplainer of what's wrong with America. Moreover, Goad's book will not go quietly, as it is a politically unclassifiable polemic sure to humor, or offend, or enrage library patrons, in equal measure. Gilbert Taylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An often reactionary diatribe on reverse discrimination by the editor of the 'zine Answer Me!, redeemed in large part by its author's phenomenal sense of humor. Goad disavows both the political right and left, but he's most likely to be tagged as a conservative. He's most lucid when characterizing the centuries-old race struggle in our country as a smokescreen for what should really be a class struggle. The poor have been enslaved, persecuted, and exploited by the upper class regardless of skin color, Goad maintains. That words like ``redneck'' and ``white trash'' are deemed acceptable while the ``N-word'' is not is proof that as Americans, by and large, we have been duped by rich folks into playing the race card. The author is at his best when using humor to elucidate a point, as when he argues that both black slaves and some disenfranchised whites were cheated and lied to by society in the same manner. Ex-slaves were offered 40 acres and a mule (which they never saw); whites in 18th- century America who had been bonded servants (in effect, white slaves) were promised ``two suits, an ax, and two hoes.'' The hoes, ``we are to presume, were gardening tools instead of prostitutes, unless `weeding' and `grubbing' were sexual euphemisms in colonial America.'' Goad's astute command of history and his sharp wit make for a volatile combination, and one that could be misread. A truly bigoted reader may take Goad's remarks about Lincoln not really intending to free the slaves, or about there being other Holocausts besides the Jewish one, out of context and use them to buttress their racism or anti-Semitism--views that Goad clearly does not sympathize with. But, of course, ideas that have value are also often dangerous. While Goad's defense (and overview) of redneck culture past and present is sure to infuriate the liberal reader, he is also likely to make that same reader laugh ruefully, and often. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Book is most topical now than ever. I'm tired of journalists re-righting history and revealing all the facts. There is enough blame to include everyone. Not just southern whites. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Cultural relations in the USA are as bad as they have been in decades. One of the reasons is because there is a variety of prejudice in this country that is casually overlooked and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Archer
A friend recommended this book. I would say it's R rated and just not my cup of tea.Published 8 months ago by Helene
Finally, someone who zooms out on the racial topic and sees all sides for what they are. He doesn't deny the black struggle at all, but simply doesn't deny or minimize the white... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Daniel
This is a very truthful look at how the politically correct in this country have managed to make white America the minority!!Published 15 months ago by 31jj
I read just about everything from Jim Goad and like it all, including this book. However, I think it could have been in a short format. Read morePublished 15 months ago by P. Williams
I had friends that kept insisting I read this book. It really opened my eyes as to the history of the average redneck or in other words my family history. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Diane Ryder
This is a great book, once you get past the verbose style and filthy language.
It's great because it's TRUE. Read more