Books by Chuck Thompson

Better Off Without 'Em

Better Off Without ’Em
A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession

To Hellholes and Back

To Hellholes and Back
Bribes, Lies, and the Art of Extreme Tourism

Smile When You're Lying

Smile When You're Lying Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer

WWII European Theatre

The 25 Essential World War II Sites
European Theater

WWII Pacific Theatre

The 25 Best World War II Sites
Pacific Theater

Reviews for Chuck Thompson’s Work

“Hilarious, dirty, and incendiary.” —Vanity Fair

“Awesomely talented and wickedly funny.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

“Thompson’s weapons are wit, a well-oiled subversive reflex and a defiantly unbuttoned prose style.” —The New York Observer

“Reading Thompson is like listening to a buddy who shoots from the hip.” —Booklist

“Thompson is the equivalent of Joe Satriani or John Coltrane…the literary equivalent of Motorhead…the virtuosity can leave your mouth hanging open.” —

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CHUCK THOMPSON is the author of the widely reviewed political screed Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession, acclaimed comic travel memoirs Smile When You’re Lying and To Hellholes and Back and a two-volume World War II survey (The 25 Best World War II Sites: Pacific Theater and The 25 Essential World War II Sites: European Theater), regarded as the most comprehensive catalogue of World War II sites in existence. Read more...

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New book THE STATUS REVOLUTION will be published January 17, 2023 by Simon & Schuster. Click on "News" for info and pre-order link.

Coming Fall 2022 on Paramount+, three-part documentary SOMETIMES WHEN WE TOUCH: THE REIGN, RUIN AND RESURRECTION OF SOFT ROCK.