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About the Author

Charlotte Hays is the bestselling author of several books on Southern manners and cooking, including the smash hit Being Dead Is No Excuse. She is the director of cultural programs for The Independent Women’s Forum, and a longstanding commentator on politics and culture known for her irreverent humor. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, and The Weekly Standard, and she has made numerous appearances on To the Contrary, Washington Journal, and Politically Incorrect.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (October 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621571602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621571605
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Kellems on October 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Our society no longer values honor, fidelity, discipline (self or otherwise), or delayed gratification. Every want is a right, every craving is to be indulged, every impulse to be acted upon, and everyone who dares to question what in the past would be seen as VERY questionable decisions, is met with indignation, an upraised middle finger, and profanity. Welcome to the new perpetually petulant adolescent fantasy known as America. If our founders were all exhumed tomorrow, their bones would be a jumbled mess from rolling over in their graves so many times it would look as though their skeletons had been break-dancing. When few desire to work hard to prove themselves, while many demand unearned respect, it's not hard to imagine why America's days as the dominant country on the planet are numbered. We are little more than "Lord Of The Flies" writ large...
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I laughed most of the time I was reading this book, when I wasn't, it was because I was cringing at my own trashy behavior. Whether it's overeating, talking on a cell phone in public, or not giving up a seat on a bus, Charlotte Hays shows us we can all be guilty of being White Trash from time-to-time. After reading this book, you'll want to straighten up your act.

Do not read this book if you find yourself easily offended by things like common decency, morality, or good manners.

You'll wish for a more civilized world after Hays traces the roots of our modern epidemic of trashiness.
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Charlotte Hays, a long-time social-conservative humorist, from the deep south, writes deftly, in a style recalling Mark Twain's own social criticism and satire, about the degradation of American culture and mores.

Targeting some of the more egregious, surprisingly successful absurdities of reality TV, such as Honey Boo Boo and the Kardashians, along with the general abandonment of manners, tattoo fetishism, McMansions dubiously rescued from foreclosure, and the relentless pursuit of Type 2 diabetes, Hays invokes Toynbee for the proposition that the present path will doom America.

The premise is that the culture has long since been overwhelmed by what the author sees as the normalization of "white trash" values and behaviors taken to a higher level pervading not only general pop culture but the attitudes of the elites.

Quick, fun read.
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I'm not sure if it would be PC or non- PC to point out the book's ethnic limitations. It does not, for example, address African American trash. Surely Miss Hays should be forgiven for the omission. I cannot agree with her advice to send the kids to Sunday school, but I understand the impulse. And I take comfort in the kindness and good manners of the scientists I know. The lady wields a sharp pen, and I am taking hers scoldings to heart.
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An excellent book by an excellent writer. The exposure of the supercilious celebration of stupidity by Hollywood (smart people acting dumb to make millions) is long overdue. The old adage is trite but true: You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
The Beverly Hillbillies may have been silly, but it never pretended to be anything else.

Today, idiots with a trailer-trash mentality from Kardashian to the hirsute duck call family are celebrated as cultural heroes, hawking millions of dollars worth of crap to a gullible American audience.
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She asks the same things I've been asking my husband for years. One of her questions is an almost verbatim question of mine: Remember when teenagers wanted to act like adults instead of adults wanting to act like teenagers? Poor table manners, poor social skills, general rudeness, tattoos and piercings, out of wedlock births, and even the despised Bratz dolls are all addressed. This is not an academic investigation so much as a neighborly talk over coffee, yet the subject is important and is not treated lightly. It is comforting to know that my family is not alone in our concerns.
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Hays makes completely valid points about the levels modern society has stooped to because we know longer have the collective will to sort our lives out properly and discern what is correct behavior from reprehensible irresponsibility. We have become a slovenly nation of ill-educated, ill-mannered rubes who have disdained our glorious cultural past in exchange for personal and immediate satisfaction, while also becoming slaves to the tyranny of political correctness. Thank God somebody had the class and courage to write it. Worth every penny.
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Ms. Hays has had the courage to write a book that will offend many people. The offended, however, are likely to be the growing population of the New White Trash that are so accurately depicted in this book. Those with an open mind, or who are equally appalled by the loss of civility in our society will, however, appreciate this work. Every parent that truly cares about his or her children should read this humorous, yet important book.
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