James Pogue: Chosen Country
Please join us in welcoming James Pogue for a reading and discussion of "Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West"!
About the Book:
"Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West" tells the story of Ammon Bundy, the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and the larger crack up of American life. From January 2 to February 11, an armed group of ranchers and militia men lead by Ammon Bundy occupied federal public land. Acting under what he claimed was divine instruction, Bundy called for a complete abdication of western public land by the federal government. The resulting standoff captivated national headlines. The conflict ended not just with the imprisonment of dozens of militia men, but the death of one rancher. Ammon Bundy is still awaiting sentencing. During their standoff, James Pogue had exclusive access to members of the militia gaining an inside look at their motivations and grievances.
In a raw and restless narrative that roams the same wild terrain as his literary forebears Edward Abbey and Hunter S. Thompson, Pogue's "Chosen Country" examines the underpinnings of this rural uprising and struggles to reconcile diverging ideas of freedom, tracing a cultural fault line that spans the nation.
About the Author:
James Pogue has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, the New Republic, and Vice, where he is a contributing editor. His work has been anthologized in n+1’s City by City. He lives in New Mexico. "Chosen Country" is his first book.
"Whoever you are, whatever side you’re on, if you care about the American west and what’s happening to it, read this book."
—Caroline Fraser, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Prairie Fires
An extraordinary inside look at America’s militia movement that shows a country at the crossroads of class, culture, and insurrection.