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Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America

by Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose (Author)

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A simultaneously rollicking and sobering indictment of the policies of President George W. Bush, Bushwhacked chronicles the destructive impact of the Bush administration on the very people who put him in the White House in the first place. Here are the ties that connected Bush to Enron, yes, but here, too, is the story of the woman who walks six miles to the unemployment office daily, wondering what happened to the economic security Bush promised. Here are reports on failed nation-building missions in Kabul and Baghdad. Here, too, the story of a rancher who has fallen prey to a Bush-Cheney interior department that is perhaps a wee bit too cozy with the oil industry. Bushwhacked is highly original and entirely thought-provoking--essential reading for anyone living in George W. Bush's America.… (more)
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  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
I loved the title; the book was ok. it was hard for me to follow. I'm not sure if it is because it is full of political jargon I'm not used to or the scattered writing. It doesn't seem to follow a logical progression. A little redundant. However, I like the message and it is very shocking to hear how bush has been destroying laws made to protect the "little guy". It's all for big corporations and big 'badness' which helps the richest of the rich! The poor keep getting poorer. ( )
  camplakejewel | Sep 21, 2017 |
Book on CD read by Molly Ivins

The subtitle really says it all. Oh, how I miss Molly Ivins!

Ivins was a political commentator / journalist based in Texas. In an earlier book, she and Dubose examined the George W Bush’s flawed policies and abysmal record as governor of Texas. In this second book on “Dubya” they look at his presidency and how he has used many of those same strategies in running the nation.

It’s a somewhat dated book, today, and yet frighteningly appropriate in this “primary” season. Ivins doesn’t pull any punches and gives many examples of the effects of his ideology and policies on mainstream Americans struggling to make it – heck, forget “succeeding,” they’re struggling to survive.

Molly Ivins does a great job reading the audio. I feel like my best friend is just telling it like it is over a morning coffee (or a scotch at the bar)….

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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
Published in 2005 and written before the 2004 election but uncannily apt now. The legacy of the Bush years and the various and colossal messes are all laid out in their full horror. Brilliant, witty, acerbic, funny, all at once and much too accurate. I felt a particular pang at the mention of ACORN and wished even more that Molly was still with us.
2 vote amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
This is a partisan book, and it has every right to exist. A Texas Democrat, Ms. Ivins has been on the case of the Bush Family for some decades, and I very strongly agree with most of her points. This is a book to weep over, if you are lamenting the death of the more liberal America. And with the right to bury the opposition with simple piles of money, the average American has every right to weep for the USA from now on! ( )
  DinadansFriend | Apr 10, 2014 |
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Molly Ivins has often poked fun at President Bush for his manner of speaking, or "Bushisms." In her new book, Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America, the syndicated columnist, fellow Texan and long-time Bush critic takes on his dealings and policies, and what she says are their underreported effects on average Americans.
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This book is dedicated to the memory of
six great and wonderfully nonconformist Texans.
They all persisted in the good fight to
make our state and our country a better place.

They were not well behaved.

To John Henry Faulk, freedom fighter, died 1990
To Bob Eckhardt, congressman, scholar, and cartoonist, died 2001
To Billie Carr, political organizer, died 2002
To Warren Burnett, trial lawyer, died 2002
To Maury Maverick, lawyer, writer, curmudgeon, died 2003
To Malcolm McGregor, legislator, bibliophile, and pilot, died 2003


We loved them all. It was the grandest privilege to know them.
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As full-time residents of the state that gave you tort reform, H. Ross Perot, and penis-enlargement options on executive health plans, we're obliged to warn you that if Dubya Bush had exported "the Texas Miracle," the country would be in deep shit. In public education there was no Texas miracle. The last Lone Star miracle we know of was the time the face of Jesus appeared on a screen door in Port Neches, and that's been more than thirty years.
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A simultaneously rollicking and sobering indictment of the policies of President George W. Bush, Bushwhacked chronicles the destructive impact of the Bush administration on the very people who put him in the White House in the first place. Here are the ties that connected Bush to Enron, yes, but here, too, is the story of the woman who walks six miles to the unemployment office daily, wondering what happened to the economic security Bush promised. Here are reports on failed nation-building missions in Kabul and Baghdad. Here, too, the story of a rancher who has fallen prey to a Bush-Cheney interior department that is perhaps a wee bit too cozy with the oil industry. Bushwhacked is highly original and entirely thought-provoking--essential reading for anyone living in George W. Bush's America.

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