ABOUT Bye Bye, Miss American Empire: Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America’s Political Map (Chelsea Green/2010)

“History doesn’t stand still, no matter how many times you sing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ Bill Kauffman brings an antic verve to the sobering question of America’s ability to hang together as one nation. He correctly perceives that the end of one story is the beginning of a whole new one.” –James Howard Kunstler

“beautiful little homage to those he believes are our nation’s truest patriots…Kauffman’s book must be viewed as one of the most original and incisive recent challenges to the establishment ideological camps within American politics.”—Ryan R. Holston, Studies in American Culture

“As a political essayist, Bill Kauffman ranks right up there with Dwight Macdonald and Gore Vidal. I can see why Vidal is an admirer.”—Jeff Taylor, frontporchrepublic.com

“I had my doubts whether…Kauffman could pull it off with his latest…The topic, I thought, might be too narrow compared to the previous works of his I’d read. I was wrong. This is perhaps his best book to date.”—The Western Confucian

“Bill Kauffman…brings to bear all his talents—his historical smarts, his journalistic acumen, his muscular prose—upon his bracing argument for a perennial idea: secession….In this punchy and inspirational book, Kauffman proves himself once again a writer fully in the patriotic grain, an American original.”—Thomas De Pietro, The American Conservative

“Kauffman is a staunch advocate of local government and minimal federal involvement and that stance colors all he writes, but he’s also intelligent and extremely funny; even people who disagree with his politics will embrace his voice, and history and political science enthusiasts will find this thought-provoking and intensely enjoyable.”—Publishers Weekly

“Bye Bye, Miss American Empire is an appealing, elegantly written, and entirely American book.”—Howard Frank Mosher

“Kauffman’s exploration in political heresy is an amiable, vocabulary-bending jeremiad that exalts the local over the global, extols the two-lane road over the interstate highway, and simply defies a Left-Right dichotomy.”—Gilbert Taylor, Booklist

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