Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush

Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush

by Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose
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Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush (5 CDs) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I thought it was informative and hilarious. And, the facts are the facts, ma'am! Whether you are a Bush fan or not, this book has lots of facts about the man told in a funny way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If we'd all read this book prior to the election and used this knowledge as the basis of our vote, then maybe we'd have a different, better president in office. I wish that there was an automatic buzzer that would go off everytime a candidate or public official lied to us so that we wouldn't have to worry about who and what we were voting for when we marked our ballets. Since there isn't we have people like Molly and other brave souls who go out and dig out the truth for us, which is a blessing. We are now finding that we should have listened earlier and that indeed we now have a president who is coming closer and closer to impeachment and maybe to have committed treason. How else do you explain misleading the people about the nuclear threat of Iraq and implying that the Iraq were part of the terrorists of 9/11 when not one of them were from Iraq and if, I, a common citizen knew that Bin Laden and Saddam were not friendly, then how could our administration who has all the information from various intelligence sources not know it. There is no way they wouldn't have known. The only ones that I see that are benefitting from the war is Halliburton and the oil people, certainly not our soldiers or the innocent Iraq citizens, or our tax dollars. Molly keep on trucking!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you Molly! There needs to be more people like you. It sickens me to know that the person who is in charge of my country is about as smart as a shrub. I'm telling everyone I know to read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While amusing, Molly is unable to let go of her political ideology and critically analyze any subject regarding Pres. Bush. Same old boring rhetoric with little counter-point. The book is more revealing about herself then George W. Better luck next time. Two stars for its wittiness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, the truth about the boy who would be king. If only he had served his country with honor,like Al Gore, instead of taking the cowards way out with his fathers help.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the other reviews, with one star and five stars almost exclusively, one almost certainly expects a great deal of partisanship in the material, and one is not disappointed here. However, the facts speak for themselves, and they are greatly enhanced in their impact by Ivins' turn of wit. Though I consider myself a fair-minded person, and I usually consider partisanship and political assumption to be the last resort of weaker-minded pundits, it is clear that Ivins did her homework, and got the A+ I assume she desired. What would have been a complete masterstroke would have been subtitling this little gem, 'The Accidental President.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Molly Ivins has created an interesting view of Presudent Bush. She is an excellent humorist- much of her work is very good. It is when she gets into her partisan mode that she loses a little. There are many good things about the president- and there are some things that must disappoint. Molly must be aware that Bush's performance since October 11 has been exceptionally well supported by the American people.How can this be? Dream scenario- Molly Ivins and Ann Richards on television, lambasting someone I don't like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's obvious to anyone with half an intellect that the reviewers here are either extremely anti-GW or pro-GW. So, depending on which political party you belong to, you'll either love or hate the book. Want the real story? Do your own research, instead of reading someone else's one-sided, filtered condemnation of the man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Typical bunch of lefttist pap written by a east-coast educated psuedo-intellectual. Sneering, self-righteous commentary rarely leaves a lasting impression and this this one doesn't either. Hardly worth reading the jacket cover. Nothing new here. Bush(tree?) didn't turn out to be such a dummy after all, did he?
Guest More than 1 year ago
America deserves better. This book lays the groundwork of the Bush Family Corruption that has now culminated in Enron. To the reviewer below that made the Millionth time heard comment disparagiing TWO TIME ELECTED (ELECTED)PRESIDENT Clinton about the phallic rocket comment: I say I would rather have a president who tried to screw an intern than a 'president' who ties to screw me and the Ameican public. Also it is fitting since Bush hypocritically represents the Bush-God (right wing Taliban)party and constantly promotes family values, it is fitting to note that Bush's family includes 2 alcholic daughters, a drug-felony forger neice, and 2 felony holding nephews (and that is only his & Jeb's kids known problems of the last YEAR). Throw trash : get it back --triple (God's family has more dirt).
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, a disclaimer: I love Molly Ivins. I wish I had maybe half the writing talent she exhibits in her worst moments. The book is full of facts and anecdotes about the life of George W. Bush in Texas politics. It moves along pretty well, propelled by humor and the sheer unbelievability of the whole idea that GWB is presidential material. There is a slight fatigue factor, as with any biography, because you get to a point in the book where you know the subject and what's going to happen next. With this subject, there's not much to know, so the die is cast pretty early on. Fortunately, the authors don't run out of anecdotes and stories, so it remains interesting to the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The is a well written and to the point book. Molly points out that Texas has not kept up with the rest of the country when it comes to issues like environment, education, social and welfare system. Standard and quality of living has declined at the expense of the Big businesses, who are also a big contributer to the GOP. A must read for every Texan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
for not knowing what they were talking about. Would they have liked to have the sellout Gore in the Whitehouse now? Or, maybe, 4 more years of Bubba who the only missile he ever fired was the one in his pants?
Guest More than 1 year ago
A typical book about a Republican. A waste of the paper it was printed on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The subtitle is misleading-the political life hasn't been nearly short enough, and the only happy people are W and his puppeteers. Still, I would hope people will read this and sneer at the man who deserves our contempt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The wit and sparkle of Molly Ivins are pretty much in the background here. The book is a fairly serious account of some recent developments in Texas politics, showing a number of the Shrub campaign's claimed achievements in that state to have been the work of his predecessors in office. The authors may have assumed that the Shrub would not be elected. Short political life? I don't think so. Short shelf life? Probably.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Books gives the insight why US is the country of an opportunity. Anyone as stupid as Shrub may become President if he is well funded and smiles... I'm not sure the Founding Fathers had that in mind... No wonder the Middle East is in the middle of explosion of violence. They know that Shrub is too stupid to act.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose, two experienced Texas reporters, dish out the scoop on Dubya's public affairs. No drug or sex scandals, just well documented and detailed accounts of Bush's far too easy rise to (bigger)fortune and fame(of his own). Those who only suspect Bush is bought and paid for should read this book. It must be noted, also, that Ivins does indeed provide analysis of Bush's 'accomplishments' in finance and education, in spite of what a previous reviewer stated...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shrub provides a very entertaining yet truthful history of George W. Bush. From his record as Texas Governor, to his flop in the oil business, Shrub gives you stright talk on one of America's most powerful men. If you want to know the truth, than Shrub is the book for you. Molly Ivans writes the book in a very humorous and readable style. A MUST READ!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is well written and interesting however it reflects only half the story. It does little to explain the success that Texas has enjoyed economically and academically. Yes academically. When compared to other states with huge illegal immigration populations (especially CA) the Texas record in education is nothing short of amazing and yet this is not even mentioned in Molly's writings. What's the deal. Any book, no matter how well written or humorous, can gain important credibility by telling both sides of the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who thinks there is no difference between Al Gore & George Bush should read this book. Want to know about Bush's record in Texas? Hear it from a real Texan - Molly is the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hopefully this Wannabe, Won't be. Bush's entire political career has been filled with one lie after another. He claims to be 'compassionate' yet regularly cuts the already meager AFDC funds in Texas. (But he is compassionate to the millionaire friends of his 'daddy' the 'wimp from 88'. He's always ready to give them a tax cut.) He claims to be the 'Environment Candidate', yet Texas air pollution has grown worse since he became Governor. Bush, even more so than most politicians, uses 'The Big Lie' as a means to fool people who don't know any better. I've lived under his regime since he became Governor, and things have changed for the worse. You wanna pack a gun? You can now in Texas, and you can carry it ANYWHERE you want, thanks to Georgie. Without his rich daddy, where would this rich boy be? He wouldn't be having newsprint, ink and electrons wasted on reporting about him. That's for sure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is clearly guilty of the same faults that it proposes George W to have. While likeable and familiar in tone, it fails to persuade with real substance. I think I'll give the man the benefit of doubt and avoid recomending this book. There is an excellent Frontline program on PBS highlighting the two candidates. It is also on their website.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Laugh yourself to tears! The best book by Molly! It sometimes hurts to read the truth, but it's powerful medicine! Thank you Molly! You made my year!! (and the next four if Shrub slithers his way to the Presidency)!!!!