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Author: Molly Ivins

Genre: Popular Culture
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780749006181
Rights: UK & Commonwealth
Pub. Date: 1st January 2004

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If there was ever a book to make you glad that you don't live in the US, this is it! Bushwacked is the story of George W. Bush's America - and it's a powerful, furious indictment of his right-wing 'Christian' values and the damage they are doing to an entire nation.

Ivins and Dubose write entertainingly and with great wit, but Bushwacked is very much a desperate and despairing piece of political writing, which strikingly gives the lie to the idea that anyone who opposes George Bush is unpatriotic. There is a fierce compassion here for the 'little people' of America - those who have lost their pensions because of the collapse of Enron, those whose lives are ruined by the unregulated dumping of chemicals and the frantic rush to drill for Methane in Minnesota, the underage girls who go through unwanted pregnancies because of the pro-life bias of Bush's favourite judges. The list is depressingly long. George W. Bush is very much a figure of fun in the UK, but Ivins and Dubose skilfully expose the very real threat that Bush poses not only to the infrastructure of the US, but to the safety of the world.

Unusually for a book of this kind, the authors also suggest remedies that could stop the same thing happening again, chief amongst them being the public funding of election campaigns. This is essential reading for anyone interested in US politics, and indeed for anyone interested in the effect politics can have on the lives of real people.

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'I think by now that the whole world "thinks" that it "knows" that George W.Bush is not the brightest thing on two legs. Watching him in action, listening to his speeches he resembles an under rehearsed muppet. But can he really be that dim? Is it an act? The more I read about the man the more I doubt my initial responce to his outlandish behaviour; this man may be a buffoon but he is a dangerous one! We are witnessing the results of his twisted foreign policy with the debacle of Iraq although in that "war on terrorism" bloodbath he has an accomplice in Tony Blair. Thanks to this excellent book we can now view the workings of the man in his backyard. This is all his own work - almost!! Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose reveal the horrors of the "Home Front" in a lucid analysis that is at times very funny but there is a sinister undercurrent, this book is deadly serious. Through a series of case studies covering many aspects of life in America, energy, health, environment, education, etc, the authors describe how the quality of life for the poor and helpless is being eroded by this presidents hopeless entanglement with corporate America. The disregard for his own citizens is shocking. Here is a callous man hell bent on making money for his friends regardless of the consequences. Through the pages you begin to realise that he knows exactly what he is doing and why. There is an intelligence at work here and it is inhumane. What makes it all so much worse is that his policies have already been tried out in Texas and that state is still trying to get back to normal, years after Bush moved on! How do the authors know about all this? They lived through it all. I found this a very rewarding read and it did help me to reassess the man. He is not a buffoon, he is an evil buffoon! Next November is important for all of us.'Colin Dean

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'This book is so well written. It's very factually heavy in the first chapter, and is off-putting without a doubt, but get over this hurdle, and you will find a brilliantly written, sarcastic and tragic account of the havoc "Shrub" has wreaked on the USA. This shouldn't be compared to Michael Moore's books as this is not the soap box, goof ball comedy political preaching that Moore writes. This is a bleak book without a doubt, but quite easy to read and very very thought provoking. Having for all of my 29 years found politics and the political process boring, this book has really sparked my imagination and really made me think about what I eat!!'R. Spooner

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