Bushwhacked

  • by Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose
  • Narrated by Molly Ivins
  • 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.

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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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Interesting and well-written

Molly Ivins has crafted a well-documented review of the Bush presidency. It is colorful, humorous, and quite political. If you are tired and burnt out by political wrangling and politics in general, this is a book to avoid. It is, however, quite engaging as far as political writing goes. It is not the biting satire of Al Franken nor the political jingoism of Ann Coulter. It is critical of Bush, but on the other hand, it is not mean spirited, unless you believe that being critical is mean. This is not a book for Bush fans, but rather for independents and for those who have already decided they have problems with Bush. Ivins is not overly critical of conservative thought itself, but is quite critical of Bush. After all, not all conservatives support all of Bush's policies or the man himself. As an independent, I found the book interesting reading.
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- Steve

A little balance please...

Molly Ivins is an acknowledged expert on Texas politics; therefore, she's in a better position than many to give us the skinny on Mr. Bush, who was governor of Texas for six years. She also went to school with the man, and she's followed his career for many years. Finally, Molly is one of the few political commentators out there who actually had a career as a serious journalist before she became a columnist. She's a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, and she was a long-time reporter for the New York Times before she returned to her native Texas. With a background like that, I suspect she understands something about standard journalistic practices, such as confirming and verifying sources, as well as the difference between facts, opinions, and pure conjecture. Molly certainly has her point of view, but she's most definitely not a political hack; and it's not fair to dismiss her out of hand because you don't like what she says or you disagree with her political views. Check her facts -- if she's wrong about something, call her on it. I think you'll find she has a point more often than not. Certainly, Molly has been critical of those on the right wing of the politcal spectrum, but there is a difference between criticism and "bashing". So far, I've not seen Molly cross that line, except possibly in jest. Open your mind a little, and you may be suprised at what you find.
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- Steven E. Richards "closethistorian"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-10-2003
  • Publisher: Random House Audio