The Hammer: God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress

The Hammer: God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress

by Lou Dubose, Jan Reid, Lou DuBose


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The Hammer: God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress by Lou Dubose, Jan Reid, Lou DuBose

A lively, hard-hitting biography of the pro-business, pro-Jesus, anti-government, anti-environment House majority leader who is driving today's congressional agenda.

With The Hammer, Lou Dubose and Jan Reid track the rise of Tom DeLay from owner of a pest control business to unremarkable, and hard-partying, Texas legislator (his nickname was "Hot Tub Tom"), to the congressional pinnacle of power. DeLay is the representative who has called the Environmental Protection Agency "the Gestapo of government," that he drove what he dubbed "The Campaign" to impeach Bill Clinton because Clinton lacked a "biblical worldview," that he didn't serve in Vietnam because too many minorities had signed up leaving no room for people like him, and recently stated any House adoption of a revised bill reinstating tax credits for poor families "ain't going to happen." DeLay is bold—a majority leader with extraordinary powers and extraordinary ambition—and whether he is maneuvering to redistrict Texas congressional seats or flying to Israel to critique the president, he uses that power to shape our politics here and abroad. It is time a proper introduction was made to this man, the only member of the House to keep half a dozen bullwhips on his office wall and a copy of the Ten Commandments on the windowsill.

Author Biography: Lou Dubose is the co-author, with Molly Ivins, of Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America and Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush. He was the editor of the Texas Observer for eleven years. Jan Reid is an award-winning novelist and a senior writer for Texas Monthly. His most recent book is a much-praised memoir of Texas and Mexico, The Bullet Meant for Me, and, with Dubose and Carl M. Cannon, Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586482381
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 09/27/2004
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Kicking Ass and Taking Names1
Chapter 1Born in the USA11
Chapter 2Sugar Land24
Chapter 3Freshman Year: The Exterminator Finds Jesus42
Chapter 4Solidifying the Base61
Chapter 5Now the Revolution83
Chapter 6Everything Is Deregulated101
Chapter 7DeLay Inc.: The Man and His Political Money116
Chapter 8Revolt Within the Revolution135
Chapter 9Whipping the President143
Chapter 10K Street Kingpin163
Chapter 11Saipan181
Chapter 12Remaking Texas ... and American Democracy199
Chapter 13Apocalypse Now226
Chapter 14Troubles in Texas244
Conclusion: Division of the House269

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The Hammer: God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Total left-wing bias. Can hardly be considered an objective presentation of the man, the myth, and the legend that is Tom DeLay.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an okay read. The authors loath Tom Delay, and they're entitled to their beliefs, but they occassionally get in the way of the narrative. It's probably not worth buying; read it at your local library. As far as scoundrels go, Tom Delay is the king, no question about it.