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Thieves in High Places: They've Stolen Our Country and It's Time to Take It Back

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InThieves in High Places, Jim Hightower takes on the Kleptocrats, Wobblycrats, and Bushites with hilarious results. Digging up behind-the-scenes dirt on stories the corporate news media overlooks (and don’t get him started on them!), Hightower reveals the real stories behind BushCo’s "Friday Night Massacres," what’s happened to our food, and the Bush plan for empire. With ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 29th 2004 by Plume (first published 2003)
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Imagine a country ruled by thieves. A country ruled by elites content upon transferring money from the many to the few. A country that preys upon your fears and worries to invade every aspect of your privacy. This is much the image we get (and rightly so) of the government of the US as told to us by Jim Hightower. This book is a modern-day analysis of our current country and the diminishing of our democracy. Mr. Hightower urges us to be vigilant, brave and to take it back once again making it a ...more
Anna Ligtenberg
ISBN 0965839095 - Reading "current event" books, particularly about the fast-moving world of politics, when they're no longer exactly "current" events can be an enlightening experience. It's rare, but it happens. Thieves is one of those; even five years removed from "current", it's worthy of a read.

With a great deal of humor and an often sharp tongue, author Jim Hightower shows the reader where Democrats went wrong and how they could return to the right direction - in time to beat George W. Bush
Carla Perry
Hightower wants us to agitate, and agitated I was as I read this book. The first half is pure torment. Letting us know what is actually going on behind the scenes. You thought it was bad? You don’t have a clue as to how bad it really is. And you think the Government was rotten under George Bush, "the worst President in the history of the United States," as Jimmy Carter said, then retracted? Well, the corporations are WORSE. Much WORSE. So when I was totally used up, depressed about all that is g ...more
Chickens McShiterson
As much as I love political diatribes, I have a tendency to discount most political analysis unless the author includes a works cited page that I can cross-reference for myself. While I agree with the majority of his progressive stances, and Hightower can be highly entertaining and hilarious, I tend to take most of his assertions with a grain of salt due to a lack of sources and cited works. Call me petty, but years of writing research papers has wired my brain to rely on reliable, academic reso ...more
I can say I was not a big fan of this book. I share some of the same hopes that people will wake up and take back the power they have turned over to the government. Though I do have many issues that I don't see eye to eye on with Mr. Hightower like less government intrusions on our lives such as government free healthcare. This is not the reason I don't care for the book. It was in essence the lack of professionalism in the book. It was how the book was written that irritated me to no end. This ...more
Kleptocrat Nation: 1. a body of people ruled by thieves 2. a government characterized by the practice of transferring money and power from the many to the few 3. a ruling class of moneyed elites that usurps liberty, justice, sovereignty, and other democratic rights from the people 4. the USA in 2003.

A hard-hitting, no-holds-barred expose of the first Bush administration, the Iraq war, Walmart intrusions, sweatshop clothing, civil disobedience and more!

I thoroughly enjoyed the biting criticisms
The books of Jim Hightower belong on the same shelf as those of the late Molly Ivins and Mark Twain when it comes to combining laughter and spearing governmental wrongdoers. He offers hope along with the anger and points out possible solutions along with problems, which is better than a lot of political muckrakers do. Good reading for anyone who wants to be better informed and better able to help work on making all parties and politicians accountable to the rest of us again.
Apart from the lack of citations (which is why it didn't get four stars), nothing wrong with this one. General gov't bashing, more approachable for the average voter than Noam Chomsky or Mike Ruppert, but a little more grounded than, say, Michael Moore, and surpringly focused for the range of subjects it attacks. Contained plently of information I hadn't heard, but ultimately, nothing I didn't already know, if that makes any sense.
Gregory Pierce
The one thing I remember, after reading this book, is how much I hated Wal-Mart. Then, I moved to the center of Dallas, and had to save money. So, now, I get my groceries at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. I suppose I should read this book again.

Another thing I remember, is Jim Hightower is really funny.
Jim Hightower really knows how to expose what is wrong with government in a way that is not depressing. The book is actually pretty optimistic. This book is more intelligent than what I would expect from a book highly recommended by corporate media Queen Arianna Huffington.
if you really hate bush....... you will know you're right by reading it. This book reveals why and how corporatios are te most dangerous criminals of the world....ensured not to be punished ever.
US government or Bushco?
C. Scott
Hightower is a hoot... a liberal Texan, who knew such a thing existed? A very amusing and informative read. Much better than expected.
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