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Redneck nation : how the South really won the war
Graham, Michael, 1963-
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New York : Warner Books, [2002]

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xv, 239 pages ; 22 cm
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E902 .G73 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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A wicked concoction of down-home hilarity and scathing political satire is served up in this provocative and entertaining look at the South's pervasive influence on America from one of the nation's funniest political observers.

Author Notes

Michael Graham spent six years on the national comedy club circuit opening for performers like Jerry Seinfeld and Robin Williams, then spent the next six years as a Republican political consultant

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite having lost the Civil War, the South has somehow managed to win the "battle of ideas" across our nation, contends radio talk-show host Graham in this hilarious collection of essays covering such topics as Enron, the public school system, free speech, multiculturalism, racism and the "supreme triumph of the Redneck nation." Using quotes from H.L. Mencken, Gallup poll statistics and plenty of firsthand experience, the author examines this peculiar phenomenon with a cynical wit that spares no one, including himself. He begins by explaining the difference between the North and South, specifically between South Carolina, where he grew up, and New York, where he often traveled ("New Yorkers pretend they've read books they haven't. Southerners deny reading the ones they have"). Drawing from his own childhood in Dixie ("a land of few ideas, nearly all of them bad"), his college years at Oral Roberts University (which combined "the intellectual rigor of a Sunday school picnic with the sound theological theories of a slumber party sance") and the 27 years he's spent running away from the South, Graham wittily illustrates "Redneck" infiltration into mainstream politics through conspiracy theories, victim mentality (as witnessed by the popularity of such national programs as the Jerry Springer show) and segregation, in a book readers won't be able to put down. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
1. Joe Lieberman, Redneckp. 1
2. How the South Really Won the Warp. 14
3. Where Is the South?p. 25
4. North vs. South: A Primerp. 36
5. Rednecks and White Whinep. 40
6. Nothing Gets This Bad Except on Purpose: Redneck Educationp. 54
7. B.J.U.S.A.p. 71
8. Without Meritp. 92
9. Darwin Is Deadp. 111
10. It's a--Thing. You Wouldn't Understandp. 130
11. Mario Brothersp. 151
12. Submit, Hell!p. 168
13. Taken to the Extremep. 185
14. Blowed Up Real Goodp. 197
15. Hee Haw!p. 214
Epilogue: Confessions of a Reluctant Southernerp. 229