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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (420 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evan Wright Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer, Paul Boehmer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781400182305
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The award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Generation Kill, whose style Newsweek says “owes more to Hunter S. Thompson than to any sort of political correctness,” offers a reporter’s immersion in outsider cultures.

From his work as a reporter at Hustler magazine to his National Magazine Award–winning writing for Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair, Evan Wright has always had an affinity for outsiders—what he calls “the lost tribes of America.” The previously published pieces in this collection chart a deeply personal journey, beginning with his stark but sympathetic portrayals of sex workers in Porn Valley, through his raw portrait of a Hollywood überagent turned war documentarian and hero of America’s far right. Along the way, Wright encounters runaway teens earning corporate dollars as skateboard pitchmen, radical anarchists plotting the overthrow of corporate America, and young American troops on the hunt for terrorists in the combat zones of the Middle East. His subjects are people for whom the American dream is either just out of grasp or something they’ve chosen to reject altogether.

Sometimes frightening, usually profane, and often darkly comic, Hella Nation is Evan Wright’s meticulously observed tour of the jagged edges of all those other Americas hiding in plain sight amid the nation’s malls and gated communities. This collection also includes an all-new, autobiographical introductory essay by the author.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[This] is some top-drawer writing…the total effect reflects a literary rebel who wants to break convention.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hugely entertaining book…funny, mesmerizing, frightening, and mind-boggling (sometimes all in the same essay)…Wright is an engaging storyteller who writes nonfiction with the eye and voice of a novelist…Gonzo journalism lives.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priscilla | 2/11/2014

    " This book is so wrong..........and so hilarious!! Evan Wright is my new (anti-) hero. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin Carney | 2/9/2014

    " Collection of previously published writings - some stories were really interesting, while others I skipped over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Key | 1/21/2014

    " After I heard Wright interviewed on the Bob Edwards Show, I bought this book and Queued up Generation Kill on Netflix. I really like Wright's exploration of people not ordinarily covered by other journalists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Savinipop Savini | 10/31/2013

    " I was expecting a bit more out of this book than what I got. I had heard an interview with Evan and he pitched it as a look at the underbelly/the disenfranchised of the country. That sounded right up my alley. Evan is a good writer, and I did enjoy the book, but it was like going to see a movie with high expectations and being let down. Because we write what we know, Evan is often writing about the same subject and though it was fascinating, I couldn't help but think that the word "Nation" in the title was a bit misleading. Very nitpicky, I know, but this was my experience. I guess I should be happy that I wanted more, but in the end I was disappointed because I felt like he didn't deliver on the title. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 10/15/2013

    " I really liked this book. It's not something that I would have picked up. It was a book that gave me some insight about other peoples lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 10/7/2013

    " "Hella" means "Harsh", and this book is a collection of a dozen essays which were published mostly in The Rolling Stone magazine. The author is an ex-alcoholic/drug fiend who got his start working for Larry Flynt at Hustler magazine. All of the pieces are written in the style of 'Gonzo Journalism', in that, the author is very much a part of the expository information. This is fairly effective and tends to highlight the 'marginal' figures covered in the book. Faves include..... "Piss Drunk"-a look at radical skate punk culture, an essay on The Taxi Dancing Phenomenon, an overview of, The 'New' American Nazi Party, and a look at an Internet con artist, Seth Warshavsky, a piece which offers a 'behind the camera' look at an American Porn factory, and biographical sketch of an extreme right-wing American talent agent by the name of Pat Dollard. An enjoyable read, and easy to pick up, and check out a segment, and then, go right on to something entirely different. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nick | 10/7/2013

    " A fairly interesting book, but vaguely unsatisfying for some reason. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 10/4/2013

    " Fairly good. I like Wright's prose, and his insights are often fascinating. However, at times his pieces can be stomach-turning... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 2/6/2013

    " Interesting collections of stories...some were great, others dull hence my average rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marvin | 12/15/2012

    " An excellent collection of essays by Evan Wright. These essays have appeared in different form in Hustler, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. The central theme is about people who are unable to reach "The American Dream" or those who have gave up altogether. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nette | 11/15/2012

    " A fascinating collection of essays about people I would never want to meet on the street without a Glock in one hand and a spray can full of disinfectant in the other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon Sanders | 10/23/2012

    " Not for the prudish, this book is a delving into the seedy underbelly of America. Loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie Mantey | 9/16/2012

    " Got this for $1 at Waldenbooks. One of those nice little surprises. Liking it so far! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 9/10/2012

    " A peculiar look at the odd people that investigative journalist Evan Wright calls Americas lost tribes. And he really does look into some peculiar people. I found it quite an amusing read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 11/10/2011

    " Interesting short stories, some better than others. It was interesting to peek into other people's lives that are so different from mine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 11/9/2011

    " A collection of articles originally published in Rolling Stone varying from a piece on the porn industry to one about skateboarders. Some were more interesting than others but overall a decent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Justice | 10/3/2011

    " A good collection of articles, some stronger than others. Most stories focus small gangs of twentysomethings, and how they get trapped in what could be considered counterculture America; pornstars locked in loveless coupling, pro-skater, a squad of marines, and UFC fighter Tito Ortiz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/20/2011

    " A good collection of articles, some stronger than others. Most stories focus small gangs of twentysomethings, and how they get trapped in what could be considered counterculture America; pornstars locked in loveless coupling, pro-skater, a squad of marines, and UFC fighter Tito Ortiz. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 1/29/2011

    " This is a collection of articles Wright wrote. Most are from 2000-2002, but a couple are as early as 1997 and one is as recent as 2007. They are all well written; most are pretty interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 12/15/2010

    " pretty interesting info from a prick "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/17/2010

    " Evan Wright falls in with the weirdest people and gets them to open up to him. The dark underside of American culture -- a trip that is not for everyone!
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 10/25/2010

    " Got this for $1 at Waldenbooks. One of those nice little surprises. Liking it so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 10/7/2010

    " Good book interesting look at alternative lifestyles. Not a bad read. Not sure who to recommend this book to.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 8/27/2010

    " Eclectic collection of essays . Interesting read . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance | 7/18/2010

    " 3.5 stars. Some of the pieces I really liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marvin | 7/18/2010

    " An excellent collection of essays by Evan Wright. These essays have appeared in different form in Hustler, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. The central theme is about people who are unable to reach "The American Dream" or those who have gave up altogether. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tawny | 6/21/2010

    " Obviously not great, but not bad either. Entertaining and usually informative look at bizarre and somewhat hidden subcultures. "

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About the Author
Author Evan Wright

Evan Wright, author of Generation Kill and Hella Nation, is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. He has also written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Wright has won two National Magazine Awards for reporting and profile writing, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, a PEN Literary Award, and a General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. He lives in southern California.

About the Narrators

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.