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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (864 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Frank Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged edition Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In his previous book, Thomas Frank explained why working America votes for politicians who reserve their favors for the rich. Now, in The Wrecking Crew, Frank examines the Washington those politicians have given us, showing why, no matter what happens in November 2008, we’re stuck with it for the foreseeable future.

Casting back to the early days of the conservative revolution, Frank describes the rise of a ruling coalition dedicated to dismantling government. But rather than cutting down the big government they claim to hate, conservatives have simply sold it off, deregulating some industries, defunding others, but always turning public policy into a private-sector bidding war. Washington itself has been remade into a golden landscape of super-wealthy suburbs and gleaming lobbyist headquarters. And though arch-lobbyist Jack Abramoff has crashed and burned, the government-by-entrepreneurship he pioneered so outrageously has become the law of the land.

It is no coincidence, Frank argues, that the same politicians who guffaw at the idea of effective government have installed a regime in which incompetence is the rule. Nor will the country easily shake off the consequences of deliberate misgovernment through the usual election remedies. Obsessed with achieving a lasting victory, conservatives have taken pains to enshrine the free market as the permanent creed of state.

Stamped with Frank’s audacity, analytic brilliance, and wit, The Wrecking Crew is his most revelatory work yet—and his most important.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Darrell Fisher | 2/16/2014

    " This is a must read book if you want to understand the strategies used on the conservative side of the aisle. I thought I was aware of the cynical techniques the Republican party uses but I admit I only scratched the surface. You will be amazed at the total disrespect they have toward the average American. Even the one that support them. If you have any interest in politics...this is a must read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kevin | 2/1/2014

    " I saw Thomas Frank give a talk on Book TV on C-SPAN, and it piqued my interest so I got this book at the local library. It was mostly a disappointment, as it was mostly a simplistic anti-capitalist rant. His point is that there is a conservative conspiracy to make government incompetent in order to prove their point that government is inefficient. However, I think Occam's razor gives us a better reason- because government spends peoples money to benefit other people, it is less efficient than people spending their money as they wish- it is the inherent nature of government to be inefficient, incompetent and corrupt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stewart | 1/14/2014

    " Thomas Frank's "What's the Matter With Kansas?" I consider to be the preeminent book about what has happened politically in the U.S. the past 35 years. "The Wrecking Crew" is a worthy successor. Full of statements by Far Right conservatives themselves, the book points out the Far Right's efforts to dismantle the federal government by cronyism, massive debt, and purposeful ineptitude. Which is to say, the FEMA response to Hurricane Katrina and other federal agencies' failures the past eight years have not been accidents but are a deliberate attempt to wreck the federal government and sow cynicism among Americans that their federal government can ever be effective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dan | 1/12/2014

    " One of only a few "must reads" of the decade... if you want to understand how our government works. "

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