If you haven't read his book Deer Hunting With Jesus, Dispatches From America's Class War, please go out and buy a copy today, preferably from an actual bookstore. These are dying off and I'd like to see them get all the support possible. Or download it to your eReader. To each their own.
While the book is essentially about people "whose TV set that works is sitting on top of one that doesn't," it is beautifully written. Bageant always maintained a genuine compassion for the people he described in this book, though he certainly wrote with a clear eye for their foibles and tragic flaws.