Elephant in the Room: Washington in the Bush Years

Elephant in the Room: Washington in the Bush Years

by Paul Glastris
     
 

This book documents how the eight year reign of President George W. Bush changed Washington and the country. A compilation of some of the best journalism published in the Washington Monthly magazine during those years, the book provides an insightful real-time account of what happened in the nation’s capital when, for the first time in half a century, the GOP… See more details below

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This book documents how the eight year reign of President George W. Bush changed Washington and the country. A compilation of some of the best journalism published in the Washington Monthly magazine during those years, the book provides an insightful real-time account of what happened in the nation’s capital when, for the first time in half a century, the GOP took charge of both elected branches of government. Suddenly, the rules in Washington changed in ways Beltway veterans were slow to see, in the service of an agenda they did not grasp, and with a level of incompetence that they literally could not believe.

Americans are still feeling the reverberations of the Bush years—in an unfinished war, an enduring recession, and the long shadows of Supreme Court appointments and decisions. And the possibility remains that the next presidential election could bring a new period of unified GOP control. Whether you’re a liberal or a conservative, Elephant in the Room is a timely and important book premised on the idea that comprehending what went wrong in Washington during the Bush years is key to understanding what can be done to set the country right.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015695588
Publisher:
Washington Monthly
Publication date:
09/19/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Steve Benen is an MSNBC contributor and a producer for The Rachel Maddow Show. He wrote the Washington Monthly's Political Animal from 2008 to 2012.

Nicholas Confessore is a political reporter at The New York Times. He was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2002 to 2004.

Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly. From September 1998 to January, 2001, he was special assistant and senior speechwriter to President Bill Clinton. He was a Washington Monthly editor from 1986 to 1988.

Joshua Green is a senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek and a columnist at the Boston Globe. He was a senior editor at The Atlantic from 2003 to 2011, and a Washington Monthly editor from 2001 to 2003.

Charles Homans is a the executive editor of The Atavist. Previously, he was a features editor at Foreign Policy. He was an editor of the Washington Monthly from 2008 to 2010.

Joshua Micah Marshall is the founder, publisher, and editor of Talking Points Memo, TPMCafe, and TPMmuckraker.com. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from 2002 to 2006.

Rachel Morris is the executive editor of The New Republic. Before that, she was the articles editor at Mother Jones and an assistant editor at Legal Affairs. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2006 to 2008.

Amy Sullivan is a writer and former senior editor at TIME Magazine who covers politics, religion and culture. She was an editor of the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.

Nicholas Thompson is a senior editor at the New Yorker, a contributing editor at Bloomberg Television, and a co-founder of The Atavist. Previously, he was a senior editor at Wired magazine. Thompson was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 1999 to 2001.

Benjamin Wallace-Wells is a contributing writer at New York Magazine. Previously, he was a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and at at Rolling Stone. He was an editor of the Washington Monthly from 2003 to 2006.

Alan Wolfe is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. He is the author and editor of more than 20 books.

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