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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Molly Ivins Narrator: Molly Ivins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2004 ISBN: 9780739313855
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The dazzling, inimitable Molly Ivins is back, with her own personal Hall of Fame of America’s most amazing and outlandish politicians–the wicked, the wise, the witty, and the witless–drawn from more than twenty years of reporting on the folks who attempt to run our government (in some cases, into the ground).

Who Let the Dogs In? takes us on a wild ride through two decades of political life, from Ronald Reagan, through Big George and Bill Clinton, to our current top dog, known to Ivins readers simply as Dubya. But those are just a few of the political animals who are honored and skewered for our amusement. Ivins also writes hilariously, perceptively, and at times witheringly of John Ashcroft, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, H. Ross Perot, Tom DeLay, Ann Richards, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, and the current governor of Texas, who is known as Rick “Goodhair” Perry.

Following close on the heels of her phenomenally successful Bushwhacked and containing an up-to-the-minute Introduction for the campaign season, Who Let the Dogs In? is political writing at its best.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louis Picone | 2/7/2014

    " good to see how the other side thinks "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Gatling | 1/2/2014

    " This book is a collection of Molly Ivins old newspaper columns. As such, it's all old news. It's topical, and it's dated. I learned many things about the politics of the recent past. But I learned more about what kind of human being Molly Ivins was. The more I read, the more I loved her. She was smart, and laugh-out-loud funny, and I might have loved her for that alone, but I loved her more dearly for her deep-rooted decency, and belief in this country. She believes that government is supposed to be all about working hard to solve problems, and making life better for people by keeping them safe, healthy, well-educated, well-employed, and protected from corporate greed. There is much depressing in this book, as she documents example after example of that corporate greed working against the common good. But she laughs whenever and wherever she can, and she praises every honest, fair and hardworking politician, even when she does not agree with their policies. She was a voice of reason in a bitter political climate. I wish I could have known her, and am sad that she died too soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 12/31/2013

    " This isn't a book of new material, but rather a compilation of some of the articles Molly Ivins wrote throughout her 40-year political reporting career. Her insight is amazing and, nine times out of ten, spot-on. If every American listened to her common sense approach to politics and government, we'd probably be in a better place today. No one is safe - regardless of what party you belong to, if you're an elected official and you screw up, you will be eviscerated in print. I especially like her commentary on George W. "Shrub" Bush (and boy, does she have a lot of material on him, being from Texas herself and observing his rise to power from the very beginning). RIP Molly, you're sorely missed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Dinger | 12/30/2013

    " Molly Ivins sadly passed away recently and it is still a national tragedy. This book shows she is a lot more than just a critic of the Bush administration. This is a great read for her views on politics for the last thirty years. I couldn't put it down it was so interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rochelle | 11/8/2013

    " I love Molly Ivins and deeply admire her ability to bring humor to an ugly situation. I read her column regularly when I lived in Texas and really enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/1/2013

    " This one is mostly reprinted essays from the other volumes. Not bad, because her stuff has always been fun to read, but it's old news. "

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

    " Fun to read anecdotes about politicians. Worth reading if only to remind us that you can never underestimate how low our elected officials can go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TJ | 9/29/2013

    " Molly Ivins is a great story teller and a great writer. She had a keen eye for the truth and absurdity in daily living and in politics. I only wish more people had listened to her insights on W. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 9/28/2013

    " Pretty funny, edgy, great for the current event politically savvy. Both politicl parties provide material for the comedic discourse. Ivins is so right-on with her sarcastic and pointed talks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 7/18/2013

    " It was just a collection of old opinion pieces, but I liked it because she read it. Great for the car. It is sad she has passed on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 5/6/2013

    " Gets to be same stuff over and over. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason Stanford | 1/19/2013

    " A cynical disappointment. More declarations of ethics and raging against the night than descriptions of corruption and bad behavior. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Masked | 11/19/2012

    " texas political humor. from the woman who brought you shrub. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Hinrichs | 8/21/2012

    " Molly Ivins was one of my favorite political writers. She told us not to vote for a guy from Texas, and it sure looks like she knew what she was talking about! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/6/2012

    " Molly Ivins is an author who is sure to make you laugh and then think. This book was no exception. After laughing, you might then feel the pain of the reality Ivins describes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 3/5/2012

    " Molly was right (small "r") about everything. Kind of depressing to read about the Right (capital "R") for the last 15 years. What a collection of bumblers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frederick Bingham | 9/23/2011

    " A collection of Molly Ivins columns from the past 20 years. Much of it is out of date and not that interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Em | 8/14/2011

    " A good collection of classic Ivins, but it gets almost a little too comprehensive toward the end. The discussions of national politicians and personalities is much more interesting than the local folks that populate most of the end of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 5/27/2011

    " Ivins hilarious expose of people in power. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hollis | 1/22/2011

    " A fabulous selection of op-eds from the past 20 years. Molly is so pithy and just tells it like it is. On Bill Clinton: Couldn't he keep his penis in his pants for 8 short years? She died several decades too young. I would have liked to have read her commentary on the 2010's and 20's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hollis | 6/23/2010

    " A fabulous selection of op-eds from the past 20 years. Molly is so pithy and just tells it like it is. On Bill Clinton: Couldn't he keep his penis in his pants for 8 short years? She died several decades too young. I would have liked to have read her commentary on the 2010's and 20's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 9/23/2009

    " It was just a collection of old opinion pieces, but I liked it because she read it. Great for the car. It is sad she has passed on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 4/2/2009

    " Molly Ivins was one of my favorite political writers. She told us not to vote for a guy from Texas, and it sure looks like she knew what she was talking about! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 1/9/2009

    " Molly Ivins sadly passed away recently and it is still a national tragedy. This book shows she is a lot more than just a critic of the Bush administration. This is a great read for her views on politics for the last thirty years. I couldn't put it down it was so interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 9/26/2008

    " Ivins hilarious expose of people in power. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 8/7/2008

    " Gets to be same stuff over and over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 7/27/2008

    " Pretty funny, edgy, great for the current event politically savvy. Both politicl parties provide material for the comedic discourse. Ivins is so right-on with her sarcastic and pointed talks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/17/2008

    " Molly Ivins is an author who is sure to make you laugh and then think. This book was no exception. After laughing, you might then feel the pain of the reality Ivins describes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 2/25/2008

    " Molly was right (small "r") about everything. Kind of depressing to read about the Right (capital "R") for the last 15 years. What a collection of bumblers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Masked | 2/21/2008

    " texas political humor. from the woman who brought you shrub. "

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About the Author
Author Molly IvinsMolly Ivins’s column is syndicated to more than three hundred newspapers from Anchorage to Miami. A three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, she is the former co-editor of The Texas Observer and the former Rocky Mountain bureau chief for The New York Times. Her freelance work has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Harper’s Magazine, and other publications. She has a B.A. from Smith College and a master’s in journalism from Columbia University. Her first book, Molly Ivins Can’t Say That, Can She?, spent more than twelve months on the New York Times bestseller list.