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

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When Mr. Thompson can phrase such thoughts in the ugliest possible terms, he does...
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Chuck Thompson—dubbed "savagely funny" by The New York Times and "wickedly entertaining" by the San Francisco Chronicle—spent two years traveling the American South to determine whether, as he’d long suspected but not yet proven, the whole country might be better off letting Dixieland make good on its two-hundred-years-old threat to secede. The result is a long overdue and serious inquiry into national divides that is deliberately provocative and uproariously funny while making a compelling case for "a kind of no-fault divorce for nation-states: no hard feelings, just two adults who can’t quite make the relationship work, shaking hands and walking away" (The Oxford American).
 

About Chuck Thompson

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Chuck Thompson is the supervising editor for CNN.com Travel. His other books include the comic memoirs Smile When You’re Lying and To Hellholes and Back, and his writing has appeared in Outside, Esquire, and The New Republic, among other publications.
 
Published August 14, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 338 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Aug 21 2012

When Mr. Thompson can phrase such thoughts in the ugliest possible terms, he does...

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Reviewed by Barton Swaim on Aug 10 2012

...the author is never able to answer some of the most obvious responses to his secessionist argument.

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