Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America

Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America

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Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America by Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose, Lou DuBose

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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ISBN-13: 9780375713118
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 814,408
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Molly Ivins’s column is syndicated to more than three hundred newspapers from Anchorage to Miami. A three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, she is the former co-editor of The Texas Observer and the former Rocky Mountain bureau chief for The New York Times. Her freelance work has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Harper’s Magazine, and other publications. She has a B.A. from Smith College and a master’s in journalism from Columbia University. Her first book, Molly Ivins Can’t Say That, Can She?, spent more than twelve months on the New York Times bestseller list.

Lou Dubose has worked as a journalist in Texas for twenty years. He has been editor of The Texas Observer and politics editor of The Austin Chronicle, and is the co-author of Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush. His freelance work has appeared in The Nation, Texas Monthly, The Washington Post, the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Liberty, Texas, Vindicator, and other publications. He is currently working on a book about Tom Delay. He lives with his wife, Jeanne Goka, in Austin.

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Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Molly Ivins is as Texan as a Texan can be, and probably understands Texas politics better than most Texas politicians. 'Bushwhacked' is a thorough and well-written study of life in America during the first few years of the Bush administration, and, as she documents to some length, if you're not wealthy, it isn't been a great time. She spends much of the book documenting to detail the President's doings, from his time as Texas Governor to more current affairs. Sadly, this book's popularity will be determined based on one's political views. Those that count themselves partisan to President Bush will probably denouce this book as rubbish from a liberal madwoman, and those against Mr. Bush will trumpet any nuggets to support their distate of the President. The book has clearly been well researched, and while some personal examples of Bush policy gone wrong are, at times, a tad tiresome, they are instructive to what one hopes is unintended consequences of government policies. The sections devoted to Enron and Bush's other business interests are compelling in a 'follow-the-money' sense. Ivins does well with a hefty dose of her wit and humour as spoonfuls of sugar to make the less appealing parts go down smoother.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book, a book that not only tells the truth about the indignations of the Bush Administration, but also lays out a solution for the problems that Bush has incurred.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After only reading the first chapter I would have paid $100.00 for this book. It has really enlightened this family on the 'Bushies'. Thank you Molly Ivins. Keep up the good work. You are to be congratulated for telling the truth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a well read independent voter, I thought I knew all I needed to know about the Bush administration before I read this book. Boy, was I wrong! Molly Ivins lays out an airtight case that would make anyone short of a corporate CEO cringe. Showing how President Bush's policy decisions effect the everyday life of average Americans makes the book's message hit home even harder. It's difficult to believe that the reviewers who gave this book one star actually read the same book I did. Perhaps they should try it again, with their eyes open this time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Molly Ivins never disappoints. Well written and documented...couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Molly long history with bush back in texas gives her an insight into his warped ideology lacking in most observers. everyone in america should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently bought a lot of books online. And ended up returning all but two. I kept this, and ¿the nice guys guide to getting girls¿ by john fate. Both books were very insightful (different topics, but both were insightful). Not only are these books insightful, it also has a touch of humor that makes them both a great read. Though bushwacked has humor in it, it¿s truth and substance about our president and his policies may upset you. The good thing about this book is the way the author relates the bush administration:s failed policies to everyday amercain life. The book effectively depicts the small and scary things that have changed and also the huge ordeals we are all aware of, such as iraq. This book is definitely what we need in these troubling times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Molly brings a breath of fresh air to the stench-ridden decay that trails Bush Junior's systematic rape of America. And unlike the purile fantasies of the dittoheads, these facts have valid provenance. She NEVER writes in CAPS. (;)P Let's put the Bushies back under the rocks from whence they crawled.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book certainly contains sobering details that poke holes in the legacy of Dubya and Co. Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose did their homework. But my main beef is with the lazy sourcing, which many nonfiction books published in the last decade or so tend to have. I want to see endnotes with numbers corresponding to where that quote or information came from. Too many nonfiction books get away with just listing a bunch of sources under chapters at the end. This one doesn't even have links to the stories - it just lists sources by chapters. You don't know what each source pertains to. I think putting footnotes on each page bogs down the narrative too much. But listing them in some kind of cohesive way at the end of the book so you can read further for yourself should be a requirement for books like this. This book is written like Ivins and Dubose obtained almost every quote and source themselves, though sometimes they put in media sources pertaining to quotes they didn't get. But it would be better to have endnotes pointing to specific numbers, then you would know for sure where that came from. This is sloppy at best. Some might say it borders on plagiarism, but I'm not going that far. There are enough media references in the book, so I can't say that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why do you hate this guy? Is it because Bush believes that America is the greatist nation on earth? (Which it is). Deal with it. The guy is gone now. What would gore say about the 9/11 attacks? Probably how the ash would cause polar bears to go extinct.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Won't waste the money
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Although im not totally into politics quite yet, this book gave me an insite on the scandals and corruption of our beloved government. You need neither be a democrat or republican to acknowledge Bush's terrible terms in office. How can people criticize this book? Somebody had to come out and speak their mind and Ivins just happens to have more balls then the rest of you to speak for what she believes in. Isn't that what America is based on? Society's morals and values have been distorted, so somebody had to come out and spark light through all the darkness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Speaking as both a resident of a conservation community and a believer in democracy, this book covered all the bases, from Bush's lousy environmental record, to his lousy corporate one. A factual and easy to follow account of our president.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author's hatred of the Bush family, the GOP, and anything conservative is well-known. This book continues the distortions she started in Shrub. Don't buy it. It's an attack job, not a study.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Molly Ivens is a terrific writer -- the tone is lively, and the facts are energizing (infuriating?). Like the Research Scientist, I lived through the Bush years in Texas; unlike him, I didn't have a job with a title and benefits. 'Compassionate' conservative ... NOT! Molly gets it right: life under Bush sucks for a real person with a real job and a real conscience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MOLLY IVANS GIVES US AN EYE OPENING VIEW INTO THE MIND OF A MANIAC; SHE NAILS THE INFANTILE ELITEISM OF BUSH AND THE PEOPLE WHO PULL HIS STRINGS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
So, ok, I used a line from the book, but I couldn't think of one that described the state of our disunion any better. I discovered so many issues in this book that I had never even heard of that it was frightening. (I do consider myself relatively well-informed.) I think every voter should be forced to read this book before voting in the next Presidential election. I only wish they would.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gave this three stars so as not to upset the votes, but isn't this a forum for rating a book? It seems more people came here to argue about their own political beliefs rather than give potential customers a realistic view of content. I just wanted to say thanks for nothing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As always, Molly Ivans delivers bigtime in this book. If you have never read any of her others, I highly recommend them. She 'tells it like it is' with flair & style that makes you enjoy reading her books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Molly Ivins writes an incredible, well reasearched book. She tactfully exposes the flaws of our president, and the neoconservative right-wing groups who are destroying this country. I definitely recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Molly and Lou have written a book that shows how Bush's policies help make the rich richer and the poorer even poorer. When he tells you he is helping you or working for you don't you believe him. He has the media on his side and they lie to us every day. All we have to do is look at our deficit, how he is trying to cut our wages, eliminate social security, medicare, they are fighting tooth and nail against any help for the people to financially be able to afford prescriptions, etc. All because it would hurt pharmeceutical companies, health insurance companies, etc. If you look at his administration, you will find that most of them have been CEOs of a pharmeceutical or oil or both or helped the tobacco companies, against saving the environment, etc. Condoleeza Rice was a director of Chevron for years and a big Pharmeceutical company, etc. (Get the book, Stupid White Men by Michael Moore, he lists the cabinet members and what they have done and represented-very discouraging for the Doug Jones of America) In the book, you will find an area that she talks about drilling for methane gas in Wyoming. She tells about them taking the water out but not putting it back and how the salt is destroying the soil, what she didn't tell you, because she probably didn't know at that time, was that the ranchers wells are now going dry and that many are now getting well drillers out to dig deeper wells in hopes of finding water (this is all the way into Eastern Montana). If they can't water their cattle, then they will have to quit raising them and then as the numbers of cattle go down it will trickle down to the consumer, because then they will be paying even higher prices. The land will be worthless, they will go bankrupt, but the drillers will be rich. They claim to be against abortion, but it doesn't matter to them, if through their lack of concern with the environment and the air quality, that they are killing people themselves, if it will make a dollar for them? They use the judicial system against the average person, use the media to spread their lies (we have not been told the truth since he has come to office, he tells the people he is working for them all the while he is stealing from them), Clinton worked hard to get better conditions for the working class and he comes in and shoots the programs down that Clinton established. Texas had a surplus when he came into office and then he left it with the biggest deficit that it had ever had just like what he has done with our country. He did to Harken what the people at Enron did, before the Enron fiasco, and got away with it. He was a great teacher for them. He is still protecting them. Clinton had set a cap on energy prices so that California wouldn't be price gauged by the various energy companies and Bush took the cap off and Enron went to town piling up the big bucks. Also, how many of you know that Davis and Bustamonte were suing the energy companies for billions to try and get some of it back and they just wanted to pay 25cents on the dollar instead and that Schwartzeneggar had a meeting with the people being sued before the election and as governor very likely, he will work with Enron so they don't have to pay it back. (Read the Drudge Report and you will get the story there.) Bush supported Schwartzeneggar. Bottom line, he helps the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The majority of us are not in the rich category. Also, he installed the Patriot Act which needs to get repealed. The congressmen who do not vote for it to get repealed do not believe in the constitution and need to be replaced with people who do believe in the constitution. This can be scary because it really isn't partisan, because who knows who will be in control after the next election? Also, we need paper ballots that can be counted randomly before running through the machines they use to count them to see how accurate the machines are. And NO more denying the right of someone to vo
Guest More than 1 year ago
all you one-star reviewers out there - it is obvious to me that you have not read this book. you slam the book as lies and a waste of paper ignoring the fact that unlike coulter and her clones, every fact presented in this book is easilly validated, quotes are not out of context, and sources are not cut to fit. ivins is a professional journalist who has known the bushies her entire life. i just don't get it. i guess you one stars out there actually believe that democracy was only made to serve big money and big voices with small minds ( the religious right).
Guest More than 1 year ago
IF YOU ARE OBJECTIVE ENOUGH TO READ SOME OF THIS ( 5 PAGES)- IT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH. ONLY BECAUSE 'OL GIRL MOLLY IS SHAMELESS IN HER ATTACKS AND SMALL MINDED BELIEFS; DON'T PEOPLE HAVE TO BACK UP THEIR WRITING W/ HARD FACTS? CHILDISH AND OUT OF HER LEAUGE...
Guest More than 1 year ago
One star? If I could give it zero stars, I would. This book is so politically-biased, it provides no resemblance of truth or anything of value for that matter. I'm sure a good read for Michael Moore or Susan Sarandon, but not for anyone of rational mind.