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  • Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In their second book on our current White House occupant, Ivins and Dubose take the wire brush to the Bush presidency and show how he has applied the same flawed strategies he used in governing Texas to running the largest superpower in the world.

    Native Texan says: "Richly informative & entertaining..."
    "Compelling analysis of the Bush Presidency"
    Overall

    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.

    39 of 53 people found this review helpful

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