An Exchange of Witty Perspectives Between Chuck Thompson and James C. Cobb at Margaret Mitchell House on 10/15/12

Chuck Thompson Discusses New Book, Better off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession, Followed By Moderated Dialogue With Southern Counter-point, James C. Cobb

Enjoy a lively and stimulating evening at Margaret Mitchell House on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM, featuring a book discussion with acclaimed author and journalist Chuck Thompson about his new release, Better off Without’ Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession. Following the lecture is a moderated discussion between Thompson and Southern counter-point James C. Cobb, Spalding Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Georgia.

Convinced that the American South is essentially a separate province that is holding back the rest of the United States, Chuck Thompson - an unapologetically ticked-off liberal from the Northwest - presents a sometimes insightful and often hilarious brief for a national divorce in Better off Without ‘Em: A  Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession. He offers an incendiary inquiry into a proposition secretly entertained by more than a few Americans on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.

Chuck Thompson is the author of several previous books, including the comic travel memoirs Smile When You’re Lying and To Hellholes and Back, as well as The 25 Best World War II Sites: Pacific Theater and The 25 Best World War II Sites: European Theater, a two-volume set that stands as the most comprehensive catalog of World War II sites in the world.  Formerly the features editor for Maxim magazine and the first-ever editor-in-chief of Travelocity magazine, he is currently the editorial director of Hong Kong-based  His writing and photography have appeared in numerous publications, including Outside, Men’s Journal, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Maxim, and the Los Angeles Times.  Raised in Juneau, Alaska, he graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in history and journalism. 

Thompson’s lecture is followed by, what is sure to be, a fireworks of intellectual discussion. Sheffield Hale, Atlanta History Center’s President and CEO, moderates the witty dialogue between Chuck Thompson and James C. Cobb.

Thompson writes of James C. Cobb within the pages of his new book. Cobb is the leading historian of his native state of Georgia and one of the premier historians of the American South. He is a former president of the Southern Historical Association and has written widely on the interaction between economy, society, and culture in the American South. His presentations have been warmly received for their insight, perceptiveness and humor, and he is a popular speaker and contributor to newspapers and magazines. Cobb’s books include The Selling of The South: The Southern Crusade for Industrial Development, 1936-1990The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity, and Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity

This lecture will be held at the Margaret Mitchell House.  Admission for lectures is $5 members, $10 nonmembers, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required; call 404.814.4150 or purchase advance tickets and reserve online at MargaretMitchellHouse/lectures.


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