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Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America | [Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose]

Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America

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.
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Publisher's Summary

For years, best selling political commentator Molly Ivins has been sounding the alarm about George W. Bush. In Shrub, her 2000 skewering of presidential candidate Bush, the inimitable Ivins, with co-author Lou Dubose, offered a devastating exposi of Dubya's career and abysmal record as governor of Texas. Now, 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.

Bushwhacked brings to light the horrendous legacy of the Bush tax cut, his increasingly appalling environmental record, his administration's involvement in the Enron scandal, and the real Bush foreign policy - botched nation building in Kabul and Baghdad, alienation of former allies - and, unfortunately, much more. Ivins and Dubose go beyond the too frequently soft media coverage of Bush to show us just how damaging his policies have been to ordinary Americans - "the Doug Jones Average," rather than the Dow Jones Average. Bushwhacked is filled with sharp observation, humor and compassion for the people often ignored by the federal government and the Washington press corps.

With the war on terrorism posing unprecedented challenges to our civil liberties, and with the Bush economic policy in shambles, it is high time for a close look at the state of our Union. Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose provide just that in Bushwhacked - an incisive, entertaining and damning indictment of the Bush presidency.

©2003 Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Published By Arrangement With Random House Audio Publishing Group, A Division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Ivins's mordant wit, political passion, and uninhibited energy are unique among political writers." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Ivin's] reporting is so detailed and writing so witty that even those who come to the book undecided about Bush will likely be outraged by the time they finish it." (Amazon.com)
"Frank and funny and eminently readable." (Booklist)

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    E. Pringle Washington, DC 03-21-04
    E. Pringle Washington, DC 03-21-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Incredible!"

    A brilliant book read by an eqully brilliant reader. Anna Fields captured the spirit, voice, sentiment, and intellectual power of Molly Ivins writing.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gene Tinton Falls, NJ, USA 12-24-03
    Gene Tinton Falls, NJ, USA 12-24-03
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    "This book is not worthy of the single star!"

    I used to think if a book was fantasy, devoid of facts, it would be listed as Fiction. If your the type of person that enjoys Bush-bashing then this is the book for you. For me, I would rather read real history!

    11 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Phoenix, AZ, USA 04-09-04
    Jeremy Phoenix, AZ, USA 04-09-04
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    "Well researched"

    Although a little "whining" at times, this book is well researched and logical in thought. Presents historical and factual examples of how we all have been "wacked" by the "W" and his buddies

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David 02-25-04
    David 02-25-04 Member Since 2013

    I am a student of life! As a life-long learner, my Audible account adds so much to my life!

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    "Really ... a 1/2 Star!"

    Save your money - more angry rhetoric about the right. Take a nap instead of reading this nonsense ... time better spent!

    8 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Allison Witt 12-31-03 Member Since 2000
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    "Non-fiction?"

    Molly Ivins should be ashamed to call herself a Texan. She has learned well from Al Franken - if you can't write and your books don't sell, just put an influential conservative on the cover and trash him in your book and you'll have a million helpless liberals pony up the cash to pile on. If you want to get a taste of what hell will truly be like, treat yourself to this unabridged marathon of fingernails on the chalkboard drivel. Just be thankful she doesn't host a radio talk show.

    14 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 01-10-04
    Ben 01-10-04
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    "another bitter diatribe.."

    More pulp from the partisan attack contingent. Good grief. The Moores, Frankens and Ivins of the world would have more credibility if they were a little more balanced. This book is marginally more thoughtful than Moore's or Franken's but more disturbing in that it comes from a self hating Texan that built her career pandering to the Northern press. Argh.

    13 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Bridgeport, WV, USA 03-10-04
    Frank Bridgeport, WV, USA 03-10-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Bush-whacking!"

    An unbelievably good piece of FICTION! I can only hope that the average reader does not accept this work as fact.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    utx80bob 03-18-04
    utx80bob 03-18-04 Member Since 2005
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    "What planet is she from?"

    Gee, I've lived in Texas the entire time Bush was Govenor, and some facts bear repeating: 1. He defeated an incumbant 2. He was re-elected. 3. He set the state right on the direction for our educational system (no more social promotions) and fiscal policies. 4. Texas voted for him for president, and will again. Where does she get these anti-Bush people? What planet is she from? He was a popular Govenor, and is a popular president...despite the looney ramblings of socialists like the author. In Texas we would call this menudo (tripe)

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    Eric Rodriguez Chicago, IL 01-04-04
    Eric Rodriguez Chicago, IL 01-04-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Good Stuff"

    I learned a lot of information. I like her humor.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Lusby, MD, USA 04-06-04
    Thomas Lusby, MD, USA 04-06-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Ivins suffers from incurable Cranialrectitus"

    If hate is your thing this diatribe is for you. Pure vitriol spewed by a woman with a black heart and a losers tongue. Save your time and money and pass on this exercise in self loathing disguised as a critique of the president. The monotonous tone of the reader coincides well with the constant thumping of the president ad nauseum. A good book for those who need help falling asleep.

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful

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