- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (7 Oct. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846272572
- ISBN-13: 978-1846272578
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,270,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rainbow Pie: A Memoir of Redneck America Paperback – 7 Oct 2010
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About the Author
JOE BAGEANT has been writing about counterculture and popular culture for magazines and newspapers since the 1970s and his online column (www.joebageant.com) has made him a cult hero among gonzo-journalism junkies and progressives. He recently returned to live in his hometown. Deer Hunting With Jesus (Portobello, 2008) was his first book.
Top Customer Reviews
There are many other aspects to this book which unfortunately does not hold out much hope for redemption or improvement in the lives of millions of Americans, the "underclass". Still this book says what needs to be said and few have had the guts to say. Keep up the good work and lets hope you are with us for some to come, Joe.
Despite being sub headed as a 'memoir', Badgeants book is more of a launch pad for controversial and heated debate around current U.S. politics and the forgotten 'underclass' of society that has been created by heavy capitalism in American agriculture, pointing out how huge numbers of the population have been guided into a life of poverty and poor education. Heavy stuff? Indeed it is but once masterfully weaved in and out of his beautiful recollections of days gone by, Badgeant not only makes this an easier read but also helps us to see a much bigger picture.
I think the autor may be unfairly labeled by some readers as un-patriotic or a 'commy' but my opinion couldn't be further from that. I felt like I was getting to know a man who came from the 'white trash' stereotype background and has seen huge change in society, he cares very much about his country and the people who live in it. For any strong opinions that are put forward there are often equally as many moments of self reflection and even regrets. It feels like a very honest and well meaning book. At times it seemed strangely familiar to me, coming from a coal mining family and having seen similar changes and hardships where I grew, up but even without that link, Badgeant transports you to the locations and eras effortlessly with his words.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book gives real insight into the white working class of America by one who knew it intimately. The book is fair-minded and perceptive. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tombo
Fascinating, moving and, at times, sad memoir of Joe's family and the changes in the USA that have affected it over the last 100 years. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tynedoc
Joe Bageant was agreeably reminiscent of Hunter Thompson or today's Pepe Escobar, insightful and perceptive, much to be recommended, particularly to true followers of the US... Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2013 by ocurseu
....ultimately depressing and rather sad.
Something of a personal family history, Bageant recalls the story of the last few generations of his family intertwined with... Read more