"Catte did not come to play. This is historical research at its most compelling and its most accessible. Catte's first book, What You are Getting Wrong About Appalachia, proved she could be the voice for a story in desperate need of a better narrator, and in Pure America, she has done it again."—critic Sara Beth West
"Pure America exposes Virginia’s shameful past, but it also highlights how much the present continues to be stamped in its image."—Ellen Waylands-Smith, Boston Review
"The most damning critique of Hillbilly Elegy." —Nancy Isenberg, New York Review of Books
"Like a more focused version of Howard Zinn’s venerable A People’s History Of The United States," —Laura Adamczyk, The A.V. Club
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