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Chosen Country

A Rebellion in the West
Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, World Affairs
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In Chosen Country, listeners are given an extraordinary inside look at America’s militia movement that shows a country at the crossroads of class, culture, and insurrection.

In a remote corner of Oregon, James Pogue found himself at the heart of a rebellion. Granted unmatched access by Ammon Bundy to the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Pogue met ranchers and militiamen ready to die fighting the federal government. 

He witnessed the fallout of communities riven by politics and the danger (and allure) of uncompromising religious belief. The occupation ended in the shooting death of one rancher, the imprisonment of dozens more, and a firestorm over the role of government that engulfed national headlines. 

In a raw and restless narrative, Pogue examines the underpinnings of this rural uprising and struggles to reconcile diverging ideas of freedom, tracing a cultural fault line that spans the nation.

©2018 James Pogue (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Inaccurate and tedious

I personally witnessed the same events. The author misrepresents much of what happened. The author also exaggerates his ties to the inner circle of the militia. In addition, the lengthy excursions into the author's own angst-ridden bouts of drunkenness and drug use are frankly tedious.

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Story by a drunken drugged out 20 something!

Most of it Seemed to be made up it sounded a little far-fetched that people would have conversations with somebody 15 like such an outsider. He could’ve been there but I’m not 100 percent positive that he was!