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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 Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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