Smells Like Dead Elephants is a brilliant collection from Matt Taibbi, "a political reporter with the gonzo spirit that made Hunter S. Thompson and P. J. O'Rourke so much fun" (The Washington Post).
Bringing together Taibbi's most incisive and hilarious work from his "Road Work" column in Rolling Stone, Smells Like Dead Elephants shines an unflinching spotlight on the corruption, dishonesty, and sheer laziness of our leaders.
Taibbi has plenty to say about George W. Bush, Jack Abramoff, Tom DeLay, and all the rest, but he doesn't just hit inside the Beltway. He gets involved in the action, infiltrating Senator Conrad Burns' birthday party under disguise as a lobbyist for a fictional oil firm that wants to drill in the Grand Canyon. He floats into apocalyptic post-Katrina New Orleans in a dinghy with Sean Penn. He goes to Iraq as an embedded reporter, where he witnesses the mind-boggling dysfunction of our occupation and spends three nights in Abu Ghraib prison. And he reports from two of the most bizarre and telling trials in recent memory: California v. Michael Jackson and the evolution-versus-intelligent-design trial in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Equally funny and shocking, this is excellent work from one of our most entertaining writers.
©2007 Matt Taibbi. Excerpt from “The End of the World,” from Collected Poems, 1917–1982 by Archibald MacLeish. Copyright 1985 by the Estate of Archibald MacLeish. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Given the topic of the story (political buffoonery by out esteemed electorate), the narrator is reading way too fast. Need to slow down to I can digest the irony in the story. I've read (listened) to many other Taibi books, so imagine if you're not familiar with this author. You'd be lost by chapter 2.
A sobering picture of the so called American democracy. We can delude our self's all we want, but we do not live in a democracy. Everything is for sale to the highest biter and '' Fuck the poor '' is our national philosophy. I hope that people will read this book and be at least informed, about what's going on in America today.
I thoroughly enjoyed the audio book, shined a light - and brought closure to, many issues that I was not quite familiar with during the Bush years.
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