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Publisher's Summary

From Washington to Kennebunkport to Texas to old Europe and new Europe during the past two decades, Maureen Dowd has trained her binoculars on the Bush dynasty, putting them, as both 41 and 43 have complained to her, "on the couch". Here she wittily dissects the Oedipal loop-de-loop between father and son and the Orwellian logic of the rush to war in Iraq. As she's written about Bushworld, "It's their reality. We just live and die in it."
Drawing upon her celebrated columns, with a new introductory essay, Dowd probes the topsy-turvy alternative universe of a group she has made recognizable by their first names, middle initials, nicknames, or numbers (41, the Boy Emperor, Rummy, Condi, Wolfie, Uncle Dick of the Underworld, General Karl, and her own nickname from W., the Cobra) as they seek an extreme makeover of the country and the world.
Bushworld is a book any reader who cares about the real world won't want to miss.
©2004 Maureen Dowd and 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 The New York Times Company (P)2004 Penguin Audio and Books on Tape, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Dowd's keen dramatizations of complex situations, uncannily biting caricatures and merciless re-spinning of spin set her far apart from the pack." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nicholas on 10-04-04

Fantastic, Erudite, Superb Research

Unlike some of the recent "election time" books (Unfit For Command springs to mind), this book is filled with careful research (what would you expect from Maureen Dowd of the NY Times of course) and tight prose. Very entertaining and very much to the point, this book presents a revealing look at one of the most influential families in this country. For those who claim some bias, they should fact check this book, which stands up to some serious scrutiny. If they don't like what they read, the blame lies squarely with the conduct of the Bushes, and not with the messanger. In addition to being well written, this book is also well narrated, as are so many of the books that make their way to

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5 out of 5 stars
By LMertz on 09-28-04

Smart and Funny

Maureen Dowd's analysis of the current Bush administration draws on her experience as a journalist attached to Bush 41's administration, when she got a close-up view of the Bush family. Drawing on popular culture and her upfront and personal knowledge of global politics in the Bush context, Dowd views it all with a kaleidoscopic perspective and biting wit.

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