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She tried to warn us: With the publication of Shrub in early 2000, syndicated columnist Molly Ivins detailed George W. Bushs privileged rise and disastrous reign as governor of Texas in the mid- to late 90s. In Bushwhacked, she looks at his first term as president. The picture she paints is unremittingly bleakunless, of course, youre a big campaign donor well served by Bushs prescription for all economic ills (deregulation, tax cuts for those who need them least, and lax enforcement of worker and environmental safety standards). As the only president in U.S. history to slash taxes and go to war simultaneously, Bush wins consistently low marks from Ivins for pursuing "crony capitalism" to its inevitably depressing extremes. While many of the topics covered here have been covered extensively (Enron, the war in Iraq), Ivins does a good job of building on whats already been written (proving Bushs close ties to former Enron chief Ken Lay, and laying out the fundamentalist, apocalyptic view of Iraq and the Middle East that drives Bushs foreign policy). Ivins is particularly good in taking arcane federal regulations and showing how the Bush administrations lax oversight has hurt ordinary Americans, making their jobs, homes, water, and food less safe. Ivins is no distanced observer. Shes clearly incensed by Bushs policies, but her 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. ----Keith Moerer --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Ivins's mordant wit, political passion and uninhibited energy are unique among political writers and translate into entertaining reading for anti-Bushites. Together with co-author Dubose, Ivins (Shrub) offers a ferocious attack on "Dubya," arguing that he has taken the country in a direction he conveniently failed to mention during the 2000 campaign. That direction, according to Ivins, endangers workers, the poor and disadvantaged, the middle class and, for good measure, the Bill of Rights. Her message is that Bush's education, economic, tax and environmental policies, his energy policy, his response to the Enron scandal all have one thing in common: "setting the fox to guard the chicken coop." The "fox" in this case is business interests; the chickens are the EPA, the SEC, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission and other agencies whose purpose is to protect citizens from capitalism's excesses. Simply put, Bush, according to Ivins, has abandoned the interests of American citizens for the interests of corporate America. Two things distinguish this from the rest of the burgeoning anti-Bush literature: Ivins's substantive arguments and her language and humor, which are refreshingly inventive. Members of the Texas Supreme Court, dominated by then-Governor Bush appointees, are "nine justices beloved for their canine fidelity to corporations." Bush's Middle East policy, which Ivins says is driven by the evangelical right's eschatology, "has produced alliances as peculiar as the Michael Jackson-Lisa Marie Presley union." Nonetheless, readers shouldn't be misled: Ivins and Dubose do not believe Bush is funny; they are outraged by what they identify as his excesses. They want readers to be outraged, too-and many will be.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Books like this completely amaze me as they seek only to fuel peoples hatred. It's quite clear Ivins goal is to be among the elite crowd of Bush-haters by pointing out idividual... Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Mike_H
molly ivins is a texan, and like a texan, she is blunt: bush is an unqualified jerk! good book, some humor, worth a read!Published on July 12 2004 by Jeremy Jones
Quite honestly, this tales of this book didn't surprise me in the least. George Dubya is sneaky crook who somehow became president. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by A. Vegan
Ivins is an idealogue who despises all conservatives and Republicans; her problem is not with Bush but rather with anyone who isn't liberal. The book makes this quite apparent. Read morePublished on July 3 2004
... when you start tracking down the "facts", you find they often don't say quite what was implied, or the very facts themselves are contradicted by overwhelming evidence... Read morePublished on July 1 2004
When I finished this book last night, I began to think of what, besides voting, I needed to do to help ensure that President Bush becomes the next former president this... Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Debbie the Book Devourer
So maybe you agree with the title of this review, but when you get into a debate with a neo-conservative Dubya lover, you are just lacking in ammo, not because Dubya's right, but... Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by H. Huggins
Ivins kicks butt again!..I know when I read any of her books I prepair myself to get my brains kicked around to what is happening around me. Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by Jethro52 48
For folks that have a hard time with Michael Moore's dubious attention to details but appreciate his larger intention look no further. Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by B. Lane