Better Off Without 'Em
A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession
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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).
Publishers Weekly Review
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Northeast is UK
Northwest is Scandinavia
California is France in its heyday (wine, tech, cultural lead)
The South is the Albania/Balkans
Stick to travel topics
I love all of Chuck Thompson's books - except this one. He is (was) an excellent writer, hilarious comments and insight in his first two travel books as well as two outstanding WW II guidebooks - which I highly recommend.
I wish he had stopped there because this book is not funny. It is much too long, filled with boring cliches, liberal litany, uncreative commentary and just overall, not a book worth reading.
Admittedly, there are some good points. We all hate corruption in all it's forms and hope for change but he "crossed the line" in this book and has probably has lost a lot of fans. At least one. I hope he goes back to his strengths and leaves other topics alone because he took a professional dive on this drivel.
Sounds fine, except...
One thing is for certain: It is definitely time to reconsider the union. Any student of world history and political philosophy can see that the centralized American government cannot defend individual liberty anymore. In fact, no centralized government of such size could do it. The government has become a bloated cesspool of corruption that robs the people blind while leading us on a path of certain economic collapse. The only way to correct our course is to decentralize. Oh, and for the record: Texas would NEVER go to the north! Texas will go it alone and do just fine, thank you very much!