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. Download and start listening now!