This is an informative, fascinating and entertaining book from a woman with a warm heart and a razor sharp edge. There is a lot of information in this book but I particularly liked her commentary on the current distribution of wealth in America and how it has changed over the last 40 years. To illustrate she profiles real people - one of the highest earners in the country and one of the lowest earners and describes the impact that recent legislation has had on each of them. She quotes her sources (so you can double check her facts if you like) and manages to say everything in plain language. Parents will be interested in her description of how the Texas education plan has gone national. WARNING: This part needs to be heard by everyone who doesn't already know what's been happening in Texas since it's not good news. I'm a 5th generation Texan and our dropout rate is a national shame that we do not need to share. So if you like Molly Ivins you will love this book. Even if you don't agree with her interpretation of the facts and statistics it's fascinating and sometimes disturbing information presented in a wonderful voice. Here is information we should all be thinking about and considering how it will affect us as individuals and as a nation.
I bought the audio copy, then the book so I could loan it around. The problem is that it is truely painful to sit and listen to example after example of how damaging the present administration is to the average citizen. I could handle one or two chapters at a time, and then have to switch to another book to take a breather. But then I would come back and listen to the same chapter over to be sure I heard what I thought I had. While Evins and (co-author) Lou Dubose write with humor, it's a differnt brand of humor than the "in your face" humor of Franken, or the anger of Moore. This presents the same message as those, but in a style that you will feel comfortable sharing with your moderate aunt in Kansas , and have some hope that the information will be communicated, and not be ignored due to "style". The Book is not Painful, as much as the reality of what it presents is, but it is very important information however painful. A key fact ot help people in picking this book over, say "Treason" is that this book present it's sources in a way that can be cross checked, and verified. This is not a propaganda hack job, it's a call to Americans to stop and consider if Bush Corporation is really serving the people he is sworn to serve. Listen or read for yourself, then decide.
The Audible.com version of 'Bushwacked' benefits greatly from its reading by Molly Ivins. Her Texan drawl perfectly captures all the sarcasm and irony contained in 'Bushwacked'. At points, Ivins herself seems amazed by some of the things are are happening in America under Bush. These are unbelievable times.
The main thrust of the book is the evolution of Bush from Governor to President. The book's sub-title might have been, "Texas told you so", as everything Bush has signed and vetoed during his Presidency has been fairly predictable based on his previous behavior mismanaging Texas.
Ivins never lets pessimissm get the best of her - which isn't easy given the subject matter. She and co-author Lou DuBose find plenty of regular people unafraid of taking on the powers that Be in every arena they discuss: food safety, environmental protection, worker protection.
It should be unsurprising to a potential reader that Ivins finds Bush has sided with monied interests in EVERY SINGLE fight against the interests of regular taxpayers. In her final analysis, Bush is a product of people like Ken Lay and the crony capitalism of Enron that catapaulted him onto the national stage. Thanks to Kenny Boy et al, the nation now has to contend and defeat the same forces that harmed Texas under Bush before ordinary Americans see all their protections gone and are returned to the age of McKinley, circa 1900.
As a physician who dabbles in health care policy, I was familiar with Bush's appalling record on health, but I didn't realize (until this book) that these failings--crony appointments, backwards policies that do not help the vast majority of the country, misplaced priorities--were so pervasive. Since this book, as we have watched blatant lies on Medicare prescription drug, the gutting of clean air (new source review), the systematic fleecing of America's middle class for the benefit of the wealthy few, and the failure of our foreign policy in Iraq, Ivins's insightful wit becomes almost prophetic.
Nobody would know more about G.W's failure as a leader than a Texan. Molly delivers the goods on the debacle of G.W Bush's term as governor of Texas.
From his financial bungles to complete gutting of social and educational programs, she's covers every misstep by GW on his stumble to the oval office.
The folksy presentation of this audiobook was more than I can handle. It's a matter of preference - if you like Jim Hightower and Molly Ivins then you'll like this book. If you're into Franken and Moore, you'll probably want to skip this one. Don't get me wrong, I don't think this is a bad book by any stretch, but I just can't listen to that voice for more than 5 minutes.
This book shed light on a variety of subjects. I hope you give it a chance before passing judgement no matter what your opinions are.
I found that her explicit resources backed her facts quite well. Given in her own voice adds to the feeling of sincerity that is also enjoyable to listen to. Her wit and fervor are a fresh aside from the usual "name-calling" and ideological, faith based reasonings that you may find prevalent in some other titles that seem to step away from the harsh realities that we, living in a polyarchy should discuss with proper analysis.
The book it great and Molly Ivins knows and understands Bush but Anna Fields narration raises this book above even its content with her delivery. Ms Fields sounds more like Molly Ivins than Molly Ivins. I loved listening to her for every minute.
If you are a thoughtful progressive, this excellent litany of the sins of Bush will make you mad (and hopefully spur you to action). If you are a conservative, you will probably be mad about heairng the truth.