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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd. (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921844515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921844515
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Whether you're inclined to catastrophise about the fate of the US or not, Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball is a beautifully angry counterpoint to the shiny banners and optimistic war cries of the Republican primary season. as seen on TV." —Charles Firth, Sydney Morning Herald

About the Author

Joe Bageant was a columnist and political commentator who wrote for international newspapers and magazines and appeared on U.S. national public radio and the BBC. He is the author of Deer Hunting with Jesus, which is being developed as a dramatic television series in the United States. Ken Smith managed Joe Bageant’s website and has promoted Joe’s work to his dedicated fans and the wider media. He lives in Laredo, Texas.


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He's an awesome writer.
RiverWisdom
I will add that Joe's essays are available online at his website which is still maintained, but buying this book is worth it.
Roger Green
It's a great read for those of us thinking with our aching hearts.
Stephen C. Iman

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jefferson Pepper on July 24, 2012
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Joe Bageant's 'Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball' is required reading for anyone who wants to understand why the American middle class and underclass, as well as fundamentalist Christians, time and time again, vote against their own self-interest. Bageant understood the reasons why America is in the toilet, culturally, economically, socially and politically. He was one of those extremely rare voices of reason in a world gone mad. He was a keen observer of the human condition who possessed a great deal of awareness, and who was unafraid of telling the truth, even when it was not polically correct.

And, he was funny as hell.

His untimely death in 2011 was a major loss. If there is any justice in this world, Bageant's name will live on and his works will be revered with the likes of Molly Ivins, Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn and Mark Twain.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Iman on April 6, 2012
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It's a great read for those of us thinking with our aching hearts. There's a bit of repetition and sometimes so much anger that it's hard to track the core insights, but he's turning things over and trying to find constructive positions. I'd loved his earlier books and was badly hurt with his departure, for I'll miss this light. I think Joe was best when he felt a little intimidated about taking with students in academic programs -- though he was brilliant at it, or when he was taking in the intellectual perspective of the Italian young people whose thinking capacity he respected so much.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roger Green on August 5, 2012
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I won't repeat what the previous 3 reviewers say. I agree with them. I will add that Joe's essays are available online at his website which is still maintained, but buying this book is worth it. Many of his diatribes are in "Deer Hunting with Jesus" as well but they are mostly watered down there, less rambunctious and without as much cursing. Edited down for smoothness no doubt. Here you feel you're getting the pure unfiltered Joe Bageant, bless his heart. What I wonder is why it took an Australian publisher to put together and print this book. At least "Deer Hunting with Jesus" and "Rainbow Pie" were published in the US - otherwise I would be really paranoid. As it is I am only somewhat paranoid and suspicious. Joe was always more appreciated abroad, and you only have to read his stuff to understand why - although he was a much more authentic American patriot than most of the scoundrels who flaunt that label. Thanks for it all, Joe.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Hirzel on April 15, 2012
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Ken Smith brought this volume into being at the request of the many who admired and loved Joe, and so valued his wonderful essays, that they wanted to "own" them in tangible form.

If you missed stumbling onto Joe's essays in the past, READ THIS BOOK - or consider yourself deprived.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RiverWisdom on February 23, 2014
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America is fairy-tail land. Joe Bageant tellis it like it is. He's an awesome writer. Read also "Deer Hunting With Jesus".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lois Karel on September 17, 2013
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Joe Bageant's writings capture a longing and sadness that many of us caught up inside the matrix of a false life can't help but feel. Joe was our heart and soul. He captured our discontent. He captured our confusion. He captured our sense of loss, of what, we really could not identify. Joe wore his heart on his sleeve. He did not mince words. He told it all just as it is, without concern for political correctness, without concern for offending anyone who just refuses to get it.

I never personally met Joe, but I do feel distinctly fortunate that he actually responded to an email I sent, and we then communicated a few times during the two years before he left us for maybe a more sane place. He had a command of language that few can attain. If you are interested in stretching your mind and soul, while being thoroughly entertained at the same time, please, please, read his essays. Joe never wanted to be famous or rich. He really didn't even give a shit if a reader didn't understand what he was saying. He just spoke from his heart, with a wisdom most of us could only hope to aspire to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Rapi on May 26, 2013
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His first book that made him famous "Deer Hunting with Jesus: dispatches from America's class war" I liked best of all. "Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball" written in the same style tends to be repetitious in his disgust with the 1% that has the rest of the population by the balls as he would say, but the humor and irony make it an exceptional work of literary art coming from the white trash area of the Virginias. No one ever has described its inhabitants better than him. For this he will be long remembered.
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