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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: Molly Ivins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2003 ISBN: 9780739306604
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From Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose, authors of Shrub, Bushwhacked is a hilarious, no-holds-barred look at George W. Bush and his administration, and an essential book for understanding the full, destructive impact of his presidency.

For years, bestselling political commentator Molly Ivins has been sounding the alarm about George W. Bush. In Shrub, her 2000 skewering of presidential candidate Bush, the inimitable Ivins, with co-author Lou Dubose, offered a devastating exposé of Dubya’s career and abysmal record as governor of Texas. Now, in their second book on our current White House occupant, Ivins and Dubose take the wire brush to the Bush presidency and show how he has applied the same flawed strategies he used in governing Texas to running the largest superpower in the world.

Bushwhacked brings to light the horrendous legacy of the Bush tax cut, his increasingly appalling environmental record, his administration’s involvement in the Enron scandal, and the real Bush foreign policy—botched nation building in Kabul and Baghdad, alienation of former allies—and, unfortunately, much more. Ivins and Dubose go beyond the too frequently soft media coverage of Bush to show us just how damaging his policies have been to ordinary Americans—“the Doug Jones Average,” rather than the Dow Jones Average. Bushwhacked is filled with sharp observation, humor, and compassion for the people often ignored by the federal government and the Washington press corps.

With the war on terrorism posing unprecedented challenges to our civil liberties, and with the Bush economic policy in shambles, it is high time for a close look at the state of our Union. Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose provide just that in Bushwhacked—an incisive, entertaining, and damning indictment of the Bush presidency. Download and start listening now!

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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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 2/14/2014

    " What journalism should be! Molly & Lou show the importance of good government, of having qualified people in power who recognize the importance of their jobs, of government in curbing excesses from greed...all before Katrina and "heckuva job, Brownie"! Conservatives don't believe government is the solution, then they make sure it's not by getting into power and dismantling programs and regulations that are in place to protect against greed, a natural outgrowth of unregulated markets. Too bad more journalists don't concentrate on the effect of government on every-day people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 2/5/2014

    " I dearly miss Molly Ivins. I've learned more about how government really works by reading her than anyone else. Molly had the respect to share politician's policy records and not gloss over them because it's too boring or unsexy. To the contrary, she makes the machinations of government a story I want to see more of. I've never had the reaction to a journalist's death like I did when Molly died. Just as many have speculated about how the discourse will be adversely affected this fall without Tim Russert, I think it will suffer equally without the voice of Molly Ivins. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 2/4/2014

    " 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 Kaethe | 1/25/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 1/22/2014

    " Great political journalistic writing. I love Molly Ivins. America lost a great journalist and writer when she died. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/17/2014

    " Should this book be classified under "horror, nonfiction"? Thank goodness Molly Ivins is(was) a writer gifted with a very funny wit, cuz these tales will scare the poop outta ya. Very educational as well, and she makes it pretty clear that, though we no longer have a shrub in the White House, this book is still extremely relevant. Yikes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica - Bonner Springs Library | 1/15/2014

    " My review written after I finished the book in 2004: Molly Ivins delivers once again! She's always so great in her wit. It's amazing to me that she can make utterly irritating things funny. Just when I thought I was outraged enough, I read the next chapter and became even more outraged. This President has been so reckless and he needs to be voted out of office!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerry Kelly | 1/15/2014

    " 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 Karl | 12/15/2013

    " 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 Colleen | 12/14/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 11/12/2013

    " The cover alone says it all for me "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy P. | 10/1/2013

    " A dated political book, but a well written commentary by Molly Ivins. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myke | 7/14/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 5/2/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/27/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 11/8/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/27/2012

    " I will miss Molly's insights and flavorful descriptive language! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 patsy | 5/24/2012

    " My Goddess, I miss Molly Ivins. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin Huston | 3/27/2012

    " I so miss Molly Ivins! Her comments on the upcoming election would be so insightful and on point. This book has pride of place on my bookshelf as it was inscribed and autographed at a reading when it was published. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam Lembanna | 2/14/2012

    " This is a very entertaining and informational book. I would recommend this if you are the type of person who is interested in politics and likes to do their research (whether u are a Bush fan or not). A MUST read for those who are Anti-Bush. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/20/2012

    " 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 Bethany | 11/18/2011

    " This may be a book that was so good because it was desperately needed during the middle of the Bush era, but I still recommend it! Molly Ivins is one of my favorite writers. She's witty and smart... thoroughlly enjoyable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/3/2011

    " 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 Emily | 12/14/2010

    " Wow. That man is just evil. I'm so depressed about the state of this country now. "

  • 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! "

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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.