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"[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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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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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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