Hella Nation by Evan Wright
Looking for Happy Meals in Kandahar, Rocking the Side Pipe,Wingnut's War Against the GAP, and Other Adventures with the Totally Lost Tribes of America

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The New York Times bestselling author of Generation Kill immerses himself in even more cultures on the edge.

Evan Wright's affinity for outsiders has inspired this deeply personal journey through what he calls "the lost tribes of America." A collection of previously published pieces, Hella Nation delivers provocative accounts of sex workers in Porn Valley, a Hollywood über-agent-turned-war documentarian and hero of America's far right, 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


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Evan Wright is the author of Generation Kill, now the basis of the HBO miniseries for which he served as co-writer. Wright earned his degree in medieval and Renaissance studies from Vassar College, an education he soon put work at Hustler magazine, where he served as "Entertainment Editor." In the late 1990's he began writing feature articles for Rolling Stone. At Rolling Stone Wright focused on youth subcultures, from radical environmentalists to skinheads to sorority girls. His work is characterized by immersion in his subjects' worlds, detailed reporting and dark humor. After 9/ll he pitched his editor on the idea that since the US military was "basically another youth subculture," he ought to be writing about it. He has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards, one for reporting on the war in Iraq in Rolling Stone and the other for a profile published in Vanity Fair. Generation Kill received numerous awards, including the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Los Angeles Times book award, a PEN USA literary prize and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's award for "Best History of the Marine Corps." He is currently at work on two books for Putnam: Hella Nation, a collection of essays and reporting to be published in the Spring of 2009 The Seed, a reported memoir of brainwashing to be published in the Summer of 2010.
Published March 9, 2009 by Berkley. 355 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction

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The quotes are frequently profane and virtually always pungent—for example, former Hollywood agent and sometime substance abuser Pat Dollard, ready to start bingeing again, urges the author: “Let’s take ten grand, go to Las Vegas, get a bunch of hookers and blow, and have fun for a few days”—and ...

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Rolling Stone writer Wright (Generation Kill ), offers 12 tales of outsiders, people more or less living off the grid in mainstream America.

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The most prominent figure in this essay is a young anarchist who went by the name of Wingnut – whom read Kaczynski's manifesto while squatting in a tree in protest of deforestation – who with his fellow anarchists devoted his life to striking at corporate business and franchises in a manner laten...

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Veteran journalist and author Evan Wright begins Hella Nation by giving a formal repudiation of the categorization of “gonzo” – the journalistic genre pioneered and in a sense trademarked by the famous and sadly late Hunter S.

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The Washington Post

Jerry Springer fans will enjoy Wright's gloomy profiles of damned, damnable "lost tribes," but others will be seduced by Wright's muscular prose.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Wright has returned with Hella Nation, a collection of his most outlandish adventures from 1997 to 2007, including an entrée into the Church of Jesus Christ Christian Aryan Nation compound in Idaho, a crime spree with the violent, tree-sitting anarchists of the West Coast environmental movement, ...

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Red Dirt Reporter

Nearly killed by IED’s several times while accompanying Marines on patrol, Dollard, we learn, fell into his job after his sister Ann died in a freak horse-riding accident and while he started out as a liberal, since 9/11 he sees things in a different light and has gone so far to buy the rights to...

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Lonely Planet

In his newest book, Hella Nation, a collection of features previously published in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and other magazines, journalist Evan Wright chronicles the lives of people from a broad swath of America’s motley subcultures – sex workers, skateboarders, white supremacists, professiona...

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Knox News

$25.95), by Evan Wright: In the first chapter of Evan Wright's "Hella Nation," American troops stationed in Afghanistan are easily conned by an Afghan translator into believing the former-Taliban stronghold of Kandahar -- with its "medieval bazaars and dirt roads clogged with donkeys and chickens...

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