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Preview — The Great Derangement by Matt Taibbi
The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion
Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi set out to describe the nature of George Bush’s America in the post-9/11 era and ended up vomiting demons in an evangelical church in Texas, riding the streets ...more
Anyway, kudos to Matt for being an intrepid reporter. I wouldn't have wanted to participate in the church he did, to find out why people are so deranged. But he did and I and this book thank him for it.
Told with a great dose of humor, irony, satire and bewilderment this book is a great ...more
His visit to the fire and brimstone evangelical mega-church in Texas is, of course, the scariest to this ...more
Oddly enough, though, there is one place where this boundless optimism is flipped on its head. Every ge ...more
Taibbi compares two narratives that he sees as being predominant. On the right, there are evangelicals of the megachurch variety, lonely, damaged people who in e ...more
“In all of this it seemed to me that what we were living through was the last stage of the American empire. Historians consistently describe similar phenomena in the past centuries of human experience. When the Bolsheviks finally broke through the gates of the Winter Palace, they discovered tsarists inside obses ...more
Taibbi's premise is that as Democrats and Repub ...more
But Taibbi also shows a voice of his own, updating that sense of moral outrage and energetic despair for the modern political climate. His discussions of where and how American government have gone wrong, and how it has left Americans on both sides of the political spectrum moving around in bewildered inani ...more
Having at one time in my life been exposed to this type of religious whackiness, his recounting of his experiences ri ...more
A REVELATORY AND DARKLY COMIC ADVENTURE THROUGH A NATION ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN—FROM THE HALLS OF CONGRESS TO THE BASES OF BAGHDAD TO THE APOCALYPTIC CHURCHES OF THE HEARTLAND
Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi set out to describe the nature of George Bush’s America in the post-9/11 era and ended up vomiting demons in an evangelical church in Texas, riding the streets of Baghdad in an American convoy to nowhere, searching for phantom fighter jets in Congress, and falling into the rabbit ho...more
Taibbi's time in Baghdad was one of my favorite portions of the book. It dealt with soldiers y ...more
Speaking as someone who has found 9/11 Truthers particularly vexing, the satirical scene he offers of Dick Cheney & Co. cooking up the plot to destroy the World Trade Center had me ...more
I'm not sure I buy his premise - that the political system is so warped, so un-understandable, that it drives people to crazy ideas. A simpler explanation would be that people are just dumb.
Especially depressing is the epilogue. It seems to be a tacked-on ray of hope after a full book length of despair. Like he realized the book was depressing but wanted to end on an upnote (a totally bullshit position given what he had just wrote, ...more
It was very interesting to see the inner workings of the intertwined workings of religion and politics in Texas - and presumably all of the south. And indeed terrifying to realize what kind of caricatures of human beings help the GOP maintain power across vast territories of 'God fearing countr ...more