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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,391 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2003 ISBN: 9780736698825
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • Ivins is surely one of the nation’s most adroit political commentators. People
  • A sprightly catalogue of every destructive policy decision the Bushies have made in their first two-and-a-half years. . . . Sure to delight the president’s critics and madden his fans. The Washington Post Book World
  • Ivins and Dubose are worthy heirs of the honorable tradition of muckraking. Paul Krugman, The New York Review of Books
  • A thorough (and thoroughly researched) condemnation of our 43rd president's domestic policy. . . . The intensely individual stories make this much more than a tart tongue-lashing. . . . Illuminating reading. Austin American-Statesman U.S.

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myke | 2/12/2014

    " A very informative look at the connections of "Dubya" along with actions he had taken. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/8/2014

    " Not as good as her first book on Bush. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 2/8/2014

    " We miss you, Molly Ivins! Being a Texan political reporter and essayist, she knew Dubya better than most when he took office as President, although he surprised even her with his capacity for murderous bungling and meanness. Her approach was, like that of Jim Hightower, to look at the lives of ordinary people and explore how they are affected by the politics of the President and the Congress. She blended laughter and hope with anger and determination not to let wrongdoing go unnoticed. The end result, at least for me, is to leave the reader simultaneously appalled and laughing out loud. We need more like her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 dana | 2/6/2014

    " Molly Ivins knows how to write with TONE. Her tone in this book is funny, yet what she reveals is frightening. Old, but still good background info on Bush. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 2/5/2014

    " This one took awhile to read since I picked it up during my busiest time! It was not as *funny* as I had hoped, but it is classic Molly and I did read it just after she passed as a way to revel in her viewpoint. Back in 1999 when it was clear that GW was going to get the GOP nomination and my own guy was in knots over it, Molly was the only one writing things the way I saw them. I swore sometimes it was just Molly and I and no one else! Of course, I know this is not true - many of us were out there who were seeing through the charade that Karl Rove was putting on for this man, and many many now understand it. Still, it was always Molly who said it the best. Read this only if you can stomach the reality that she knew when he was governor of Texas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edmund | 2/3/2014

    " A slow read, but several flashes of Ivins' wit appear amidst the exhaustive reporting. Well done, of course. It prompted me to lament that the wrong Texas natives die prematurely. Long live Molly Ivins! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margali | 1/30/2014

    " Interesting, funny, and completely depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 patsy | 1/20/2014

    " My Goddess, I miss Molly Ivins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/17/2014

    " I miss you, Ms. Ivins. Thanks for writing, for saying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 1/11/2014

    " Story of George W. Bush and how his brand of compassionate conservatism has changed America and how it changed Texas beforehand. Very fond memories in reading his book at the Lubbock Airport in 2004 after the wedding of my good friend, Bryan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Criston | 1/2/2014

    " A wonderful book about a terrible president! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/30/2013

    " Ah, for those who didn't get it the first time (Shrub), Molly Ivans lays it out again how the world is a worse place for having had Dubya in it and America, specifically, since it had to endure the presidency once he was elected. Humor, once again, makes it palatable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will Byrnes | 12/22/2013

    " Molly writes about Texas, and in this book she shows what the impact of Bush policies has been in Texas, as a predictor for what we can expect as a nation. She is often amusing, although not nearly enough of the time. It is interesting and frightening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karl | 12/16/2013

    " May she rest in peace....Molly Ivins was a genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerry Kelly | 11/29/2013

    " Another great book written by Molly Ivins who grew up with George and knew him his entire life and her opinion of his presidency. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 6/26/2013

    " The cover alone says it all for me "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jawally2 | 4/28/2013

    " Funny (smirk), but more entertainment than any real journalism involved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Formosa | 9/23/2012

    " Yes, GW IS as bad a president as he seems! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 6/23/2012

    " Have I mentioned this week just how much I miss Molly Ivins? I really miss her. Or really, anyone who can write with humor about politics while still feeling righteously pissed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 4/5/2012

    " Excellent book exposing Bush's America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 4/1/2012

    " And boy, were we!!! We will be paying for his presidency for a very long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 2/11/2012

    " Absolutely loved this book. If you didn't think George and crew were smart, read this to see what their real strategies were. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Flor | 12/23/2011

    " News flash! Bush is a cunt! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 8/29/2011

    " Molly Ivins at her finest! The talking book was a lot of fun, with Anna Fields and her droll accent, and I found myself laughing out loud at some parts (while wanting to bang my head against the wall at the same time...no easy feat). The world of political punditry misses this lady, that's for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 1/20/2011

    " This is why I do what I do. We need to fix it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 11/29/2010

    " How did we ever let this happen? Ugh..... Molly Ivins was witty, fiesty, and hillarious. She will be missed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoyd | 11/21/2010

    " I found this book equal parts hilarious and deeply, deeply depressing. It was also creepy how his time ad governer mirrored his presidency. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martine | 8/21/2010

    " Its about Bush-what can you say-he tore up Tx and then the country.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 2/10/2010

    " If only more people had read this before the 2000 presidential elections. Ah, well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolores | 12/7/2009

    " With the death of Molly Ivins we lost an incisive journalist with a mean wit. I really miss her. She made skewering George Bush such fun "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 9/16/2009

    " I miss Ivins tremendously. I don't miss Shrub at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 6/10/2009

    " I miss Molly so much, her way of looking at things, her sharp, shrewd mind. I still like to go back and read her old columns on the internet sometimes. She was so right with this book - we got exactly what she said we would get in GWB. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/5/2009

    " Another Great book about the former Jr. Bush. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 1/16/2009

    " If only more people had read this before the 2000 election! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/31/2008

    " another great slam on Bush! "

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About the Author
Author Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins (1944–2007) was an American newspaper columnist, political commentator, and bestselling author. She was born in California and lived in Austin, Texas.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.