Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession

Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession

by Chuck Thompson
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Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession by Chuck Thompson

Let’s talk about secession.

Not exactly the most suitable cocktail party conversation starter anywhere in the country, but take that notion deep into the heart of Dixie and you might find yourself running from the possum-hunting conservatives, trailer-park lifers, and prayer warriors Chuck Thompson encountered during the two years he spent traveling the American South asking the question: Would we be better off without ’em?

The result is a heavily researched, serious inquiry into national divides which is unabashedly controversial, often uproarious, and always thought-provoking. From a church service in Mobile, Alabama, where the gospel entertainer announces "Islam is upon us!" to a store selling Ku Klux Klan memorabilia on a quaint little street in South Carolina—Thompson lifts the green velvet drapes on a South that would seem to belong more to the time of Rhett and Scarlett than the dawn of the twenty-first century.

By crunching numbers, interviewing experts, and roaming the not-so-former Confederacy, Thompson—an openly disgruntled liberal from the Northwest—makes a compelling case for southern secession. What would the new nations look like if Virginia governor Bob McDonnell was elected as the first President of the Confederate States of America? If a southern electorate was left to fend for itself while the North did damage control on an economy decimated by cut-rate southern workers who operate as a rival nation within its own borders? If the BCS championship football game were replaced by a North vs. South Coca Cola/ Starbucks Blood Bowl™? If Florida went to the South and Texas to the North in the most complex land-and-population grab in American history?

Better Off Without ’Em is a deliberately provocative book whose insight, humor, fierce and fearless politics, and sheer nerve will spark a national debate that is perhaps long overdue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451616651
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Chuck Thompson is the author of several books, including the comic travel memoirs Smile When You’re Lying and To Hellholes and Back. His writing and photography have appeared in numerous publications, including Outside, Men’s Journal, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, and Maxim.

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Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author does a very good job of describing the basis of the looney right wing and how its base in the South is really fighting a new Civil War against the Northern states; anyone who believes in science, is not hung up on social issues from the 50's, is aware of the economic fraud perpetrated by the propaganda masters on the right, and wants progressive and modern solutions to our problems will enjoy this read. His solution of course is too just let these people go form their own country and while it makes perfect sense, although I wish he had included Texass in there, we know it will never happen and these Red Staters will just continue to drag the country down a path that will lead eventually to us becoming a second rate nation. If you want a good laugh over it though, this is a great read, and of course we can always dream of a modern state that moves into the 21st Century socially and economically solvent without these uneducated, self righteous, religiously intolerant and bigoted Southerners attached to us forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Humorist and travel writer Chuck Thompson researches and presents why letting the Old South break loose is a great idea. In turns funny and horrifying as he explores the culture of hate and moon pies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Better Off Without 'Em" is an enjoyable read for Northerners and Southerners. Thompson's theory of the South seceding may at first seem ridiculous, but his abundance of research and facts leave readers contemplating such a reality. Although focused on the South, this book reveals in a lighthearted manner the major problems that still need to be solved in the U.S. from education to football. No matter your political views or geographical loyalties, you will want to read this book, so you can join in on the debate.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed his enlightening data on the differences between the cultures of both regions.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The South needs to be its own country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad but mostly true and I've seen this divide grow over the past 2 decades
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The guy is 75% serious, and the book is 75% interesting. His account of Northern dissatisfaction with the South and Southern dissatisfaction with the North is spot-on. His proposal to divide the two will be seen as immoral by both sides, each feeling a responsibility to keep the other from sinning so much.