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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,654 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matt Taibbi Narrator: David Slavin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780739366196
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A revelatory and darkly comic adventure through a nation on the verge of a nervous breakdown--from the halls of Congress to the bases of Baghdad to the apocalyptic churches of the heartland.

Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi set out to describe the nature of George Bush's America in the post-9/11 era and ended up vomiting demons in an evangelical church in Texas, riding the streets of Baghdad in an American convoy to nowhere, following a trail of pork through the halls of Congress, and falling into the rabbit hole of the 9/11 Truth Movement.

He discovered in his travels across the country that the resilient blue state/red state narrative of American politics had become irrelevant. A large and growing chunk of the American population was so turned off--or radicalized--by electoral chicanery, a spineless news media, and the increasingly blatant lies from our leaders ("they hate us for our freedom") that they abandoned the political mainstream altogether. They joined what he calls The Great Derangement.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Pollard | 2/7/2014

    " Matt Taibbi is hilariously wonderful. I would have given this five stars except for his use of the word 'retard' all throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Webb | 2/6/2014

    " A pretty humorous (and somewhat scary) look at the current state of politics and religion and how they intersect. If you like Taibbi's work in Rolling Stone, you will like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 2/3/2014

    " When politicians do their best to avoid transparency in government, people start to believe whatever insane stab a the truth happens to be most conducive to their unavoidably skewed world view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/29/2014

    " Matt Taibbi walks through the fringes of our society and points out that people aren't that different. This book chronicles his experiences with 9/11 truthers, John Hagee's ministry and congress which show how screwed up our country really is. His tale is scary, sad and funny all at the same time, but it ultimately provokes understanding and compassion for those who seem unreasonable from a distance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 1/29/2014

    " Lacking a central thesis, I skipped most of this aimless breakdown of What's Wrong in America. I did like the two short chapters, though, on how legislation actually gets molded (it's all in backroom committees), and how to spot earmarks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 1/29/2014

    " The author has written a very entertaining (while still unsettling) description of what's going on in the US. He joins an evangelical church in Texas, attends meetings of the 9-11 Truth Movement, is embedded in Iraq, and follows the doings in Congress. It sounds like a mish-mash, but it's actually quite cohesive, and, despite what might seem like a hopeless situation, the author gives the reader some hope at the end. Good stuff.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/8/2014

    " Matt Tiabbi explored fringe thinking on both the right and left. It was both hilarious and sad and proves that people who are afraid and/or feel powerless may stop thinking critically and believe some bizarre things even in the face of virtually irrefutable evidence to the contrary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 12/30/2013

    " Matt Taibbi never fails to be entertaining, knowledgeable and totally relevant in his writing. A good lead up to some of the shams, deceits and back-room politics affecting our country and world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fauz | 12/14/2013

    " that one chapter where he sneaks into the church retreat is worth the price of the book alone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 12/10/2013

    " Taibbi is a Great American Writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David M. | 12/5/2013

    " The best bit is where he tries to write the script for the meeting at which was planned the 9/11 conspiracy that the Truthers imagine. Funny stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claudette | 11/21/2013

    " I enjoyed the chapters regarding the author's undercover mission to join a megachurch in Texas..but overall I found the book unfulfilling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 11/20/2013

    " Taibbi's rage is distracting occasionally, but never inappropriate. Loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Picklefactory | 8/15/2013

    " Read this years ago, just thought about it today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 8/13/2013

    " HILARIOUS reading for political junkies. Can you imagine taking over Hunter Thompson's old job!?! Taibbi is actually eerily prescient about President Obama's election victory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erk1024 | 5/11/2013

    " Amazing material in this book, and the prose is witty and shocking. It's amazing how far from reality large swaths of Americans have drifted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Archie | 4/6/2013

    " Nyuk, nyuk. Both extreme fringes meet in the middle of incoherence and Matt is there to document the lunacy. A frightening illustration of the anti-intellectualism that's gained hold here in the last 7 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 2/19/2013

    " Brilliant. And really fucking funny, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 3/15/2012

    " One of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. Totally encapsulates my views on what is wrong with America today. Matt Taibbi is my hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 12/22/2011

    " This book is soooo good. Anyone who is into politics should read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brendan | 11/4/2011

    " he pukes demons into a bag with uber-christians and he finally teaches me what the fuck an earmark is, but he still aint no hunter s. thompson "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hans | 9/11/2011

    " Irreverent and good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Horatio | 4/15/2011

    " Brilliant! Taibbi's best yet. If you've been wondering why everyone around you seems to be getting crazier and crazier, this book will explain why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 1/31/2011

    " Outstanding story of politics and religion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erk1024 | 1/12/2011

    " Amazing material in this book, and the prose is witty and shocking. It's amazing how far from reality large swaths of Americans have drifted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 12/14/2010

    " Entertaining, but didn't really seem to have a strong point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fauz | 12/9/2010

    " that one chapter where he sneaks into the church retreat is worth the price of the book alone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 12/3/2010

    " A wishy washy Hunter S. Thompson. Good, not great, and not as outrageous as I want him to be. "

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

    " Hysterical and scary as the title suggests. His account of a Cornerstone revival the most vivid in this collection of short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 11/17/2010

    " Back against the wall, sweaty-palmed scary. That is, in between the fall-on-your-knees soblaughs. Matt Taibbi may be my new favorite news source. "

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About the Author
Author Matt TaibbiMatt Taibbi, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Divide, Griftopia, and The Great Derangement, is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and winner of the 2008 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary.