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Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  2,108 ratings  ·  85 reviews
A simultaneously rollicking and sobering indictment of the policies of President George W. Bush, Bushwhacked chronicles the destructive impact of the Bush administration on the very people who put him in the White House in the first place. Here are the ties that connected Bush to Enron, yes, but here, too, is the story of the woman who walks six miles to the unemployment o ...more
Paperback, 347 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Vintage (first published 2003)
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We miss you, Molly Ivins! Being a Texan political reporter and essayist, she knew Dubya better than most when he took office as President, although he surprised even her with his capacity for murderous bungling and meanness. Her approach was, like that of Jim Hightower, to look at the lives of ordinary people and explore how they are affected by the politics of the President and the Congress. She blended laughter and hope with anger and determination not to let wrongdoing go unnoticed. The end r ...more
Jude Arnold
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Jan 24, 2008 Paige rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Americans
Recommended to Paige by: myself
This book was written in 2003; kind of a long time in the whole politics thing, but I picked it up brand new for $1, so I figured better late than never.

I am pretty glad I read it; I would have paid much more than $1 to learn some of the information in the book (of course no one should have to pay to know the truth), which is why I gave it the rating I did. Ivins & Dubose covered a lot of ground and detailed some of the horrible things Bush&Co have been doing to this country.

As for the w
I enjoyed reading this book, but the second half is better than the first. The first half is chock-full of so many statistics and dizzying governmental jargon that I had a hard time understanding it all. I also think Molly Ivins and Lou Dobose could have done with fewer sob stories. The book was very Michael Moore-ish in this way. It does get their point across, but I think it is a tool they use too often. The second half of the book is chapter after maddening chapter presenting evidence of the ...more
Not as good as her first book on Bush.
David Sarkies
Apr 21, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody - It is obsolete
Recommended to David by: My friend at work
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Political and economic attacks on the middle and lower classes
7 September 2013

Well, it is September 7th which means that it is the Australian Federal Election, and it is also the last day that I have to put up with the internet bombarding me with all of this political advertising. I remember that only a few years ago I could flee to the internet to escape the relentless bombardment of political advertising that dominated our televisions during the election campaigns but now, thanks to Barak Oba
Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America
Molly Ivins & Lou DuBose
Vintage Books (Random House)
$17 CDN, Paperback
*** 1/2

Newspaper columns come in three varieties: Good, bad and disposable. A good column is provocative. It argues a case. It makes a reader think. It compels even those who oppose the author's stance to read it.

Unsurprisingly, the best-selling Bushwhacked (now available in a mass-market paperback edition) displays all of those qualities, which points to the reason why co-autho
WARNING: political content ahead. Read at your own risk!

"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 expose 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
Jul 18, 2012 Don added it
This was written by the late, great Molly Ivins, who had seen George Bush as governor, and then president. So, some of the things he did as governor were the same as when he was president. Tax breaks for millionaires is just one example.

But Ms. Ivins also brought into perspective some of the more horrible things Bush did as president. He got the country into deep debt by taking the country into two wars, both unfunded. He was terrible at foreign relations, and that explains why so many of our a
Saleem Khan
My review, published in Metro, September 2004.

Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America
Molly Ivins & Lou DuBose
Vintage Books (Random House)
$17 CDN, Paperback
*** 1/2

Newspaper columns come in three varieties: Good, bad and disposable. A good column is provocative. It argues a case. It makes a reader think. It compels even those who oppose the author's stance to read it.

Unsurprisingly, the best-selling Bushwhacked (now available in a mass-market paperback edition) displays all of those qual
Mary Pellecchia
If only this book had been read to everyone of voting age on Halloween of 2000! It truly is a horror story, and may have changed the minds of anyone stupid enough to have voted for bush in the election following, thus producing the greatest horror story in American history, or maybe second only to slavery. We are still suffering the long-term effects of slavery, but I fear the long-term effects of the most toxic administration in history are yet to be measured.

Ivins and Dubose start with the Pre
A very carefully researched, in-depth look at the various ways in which the presidency of George W. Bush did the country harm, written after less than three years of his eight years in office. The book is written with wry humor and manages, in spite of its subject matter, to be more upbeat than you would expect. But even for someone like this reviewer, who was no fan of Bush or his presidency, many of the details found in this book are shocking.
Richard Jespers
Of all the Bush exposés, the most articulate in which anger is under control, the fact are just the facts, ma’am. Ivins uncovers even more than I thought possible. Chapter 15, “The Empire Strikes Back” is probably the most revealing in terms of Bush’s foreign policy (Kill them before they kill you).
This one took awhile to read since I picked it up during my busiest time! It was not as *funny* as I had hoped, but it is classic Molly and I did read it just after she passed as a way to revel in her viewpoint. Back in 1999 when it was clear that GW was going to get the GOP nomination and my own guy was in knots over it, Molly was the only one writing things the way I saw them. I swore sometimes it was just Molly and I and no one else! Of course, I know this is not true - many of us were out th ...more
Grandma Mush
wow. no wonder the country is in such bad shape. As always, Molly Ivins writes with a caustic pen- i'm surprised it doesn't dissolve from the acid but with great humor too.
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.
Absolutely fantastic informative book about the horror of the Bush years. It leaves the reader feeling much more knowledgeable and in my case, with much sympathy for the US electorate who have no way of having a fair election due to the immense amount of misinformation disseminated by those with the money to pay for the publicity. Shows the US system as deeply flawed. As Molly Ivins put it - government is for the "big bidness" when it should be for "the people". A must for anyone wanting an intr ...more
This is a classic from writer Ivins who knows how to craft words into a book worth reading. All aspiring writers could learn from this word master.
Lori Michael
Not only was Molly Ivins a late-great reporter in Texas, but her books and reporting always do an excellent job with pointing out political bafoonary/puppetry (think the muppets) at its greatest. Bushwhacked isn't any different. She did an excellent job at taking the former President and pointing out his hypocrisies in his legislating, but always remaining true Bush's character/personality to point-out his human qualities. Before she passed, I am glad I had the opportunity to shake her hand at a ...more
My favourite line in the book: "Into every good story about the environment must fall one major pain in the ass."
Jerry Peace
Best to be governed by money, fear, or lies? Heck, we didn't have to choose. We got all three in the Bush/Cheney trifecta of doom. Weird thing is, this book, written in 2003, does not reveal any real secrets. Of course, the unrelenting preponderance of arrogance, lies, greenback elitism, and truly undisguised aversion to the middle class and loathing of the poor is kind of like salt tablets-one is all right but eight or ten at once and you're puking next to the basketball court. And we really di ...more
I found it an interesting book on GWB's first two years in office. Though I do agree with the authors that GWB was probably one of the worst Presidents to sit in the office. I can not agree with all their plans and ideas to give government more control. Our government was created not to control or to create jobs for us but to govern us and provide laws and enforcement of those laws. I do agree with them that big business needs to have more controls placed upon them. I could go on and on about th ...more
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
Helen Bassett
I read this book and loved it. Miss Molly Ivins and her wonderful writing.
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 ...more
Richard Brand
I have always loved Molly Ivins. She is so sharp. So funny, so right that I enjoyed reading her book on one of the worst Presidents in my 70 year life. George may be smart or he may have just been a poster boy, but the policies he approved or permitted were horrible. We are still suffering from the taxes he cut to the rich and the two wars he started. So even years later it is still fun to read Molly.
Her suggests as to the solutions match up with Tom Friedmann's That Used to Be Us. The solution

I read this just before and after Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration and after the first several months of the Bush/Cheney economic meltdown --- due mostly, but not entirely, to Republican policies which have wreaked havoc on the world economy. Molly Ivins eerily predicts this in her book. She castigates Bush and the Republicans for dismantling economic safeguards which had been in place since the Great Depression.

I MISS MOLLY! She would have had so muc
I was crouched next to Molly Ivins in the elevator going to her own book reading 20 years ago. I didn't know what she looked like but I thought: this very strong woman is preening for the whole elevator and I have no idea why. She had the misfortune to work as an editorial writer in Texas, which elected George W. twice before foisting him on everyone else's spleen.

Favourite Molly Ivins quote? "I liked George Bush's speech. But I thought it was better in the original German"
If humor really is Tragedy Plus Distance, this book will grow even funnier over time. Thank you, Molly Ivans, for making me laugh at the disastrous Bush years. Rest in peace.
Pam Ela
The detail is not relevant to Australia but the underlying principles are. We should be aware of what our Governments is doing.
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