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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:
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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

  • 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.
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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