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Rainbow Pie
Author: Joe Bageant

ISBN: 9781921640629
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30 August 2010
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 2.4
Description:
'An amazing read. What Harper Lee had to hide behind fiction to write, Joe Bageant has done straight-up, with all the bones showing. This is a majestic work.'
-- Bob Kincaid, Head-On Radio Network

Rainbow Pie is a coming-of-age memoir wrapped around a discussion of America's most taboo subject - social class. Set between 1950 and 1963, Joe Bageant uses Maw, Pap, Ony Mae, and other members of his rambunctious Scots-Irish family to chronicle the often-heartbreaking post-war journey of 22 million rural Americans into the cities, where they became the foundation of a permanent white underclass.

Combining recollection, stories, accounts, remembrance, and analysis, the book offers an intimate look at what Americans lost in the massive and orchestrated post-war social and economic shift from an agricultural to an urban consumer society. Along the way, he also provides insights into how 'the second and third generation of displaced agrarians', as Gore Vidal described them, now fuel the discontent of America's politically conservative, God-fearing, Obama-hating 'red-staters'.

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