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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.
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Critic Reviews

"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." (
"Frank and funny and eminently readable." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Native Texan on 10-29-03

Richly informative & entertaining...

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kenneth on 11-19-03

A Painful Book

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.

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