The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, and Beggared the Nation
From the most astute political scoffer since H. L. Mencken, the definitive account of the conservative reign of misrule and corruption
Hailed as a â€œhunk of dynamiteâ€ (Salon) and celebrated for its â€œsatiric witâ€ (The New York Times Book Review) and â€œdelighted outrageâ€ (The New Republic), The Wrecking Crew supplies the first andâ€”lacking future fact-finding commis...more
And what is the result of such conduct? Government becomes even more inept and corrupt, giving the conservatives even clearer reasons to despise it.
The guilty are identified, with no particular surprise, as key members of the Republican Party. The guilty individuals themselves readily confess to their manipulations. And what is that? Nothing less than control of the government for their own means. We have been brought up to believe that ...more
This line by Thomas Frank effectively summarizes his latest missive, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, a scathing indictment of conservative ideology and the modern conservative movement. It is one of the most illuminating political books I've ever read.
Frank's research is exhaustive – from conservatism's birth in the cradle of industry to its modern makeo ...more
This book is a historically informed, fantastically well written look at the U.S. political system with particular emphasis on the Conservative Republicans who have dominated it for so long.
Franks, who has obviously put a lot of effort into researching this book, digs deep into the activities and thinking of right wing conservatism which has given the U.S. such nefarious characters as Ollie North, Ronald Regan, Tom De Lay and the recently departed (well just the Oval office, but ...more
Of course, this is somehow fitting given that the thrust of the book is an examination of how the conservative movement works both for and with (see "revolving door") industry and lobbyists to make government fail so badly no one minds/notices when it's gone; thereby letting the "free market" a ...more
1 - Get into a position of power by demonizing everyone else, including the government,
2 - Once in power, stuff the government with your cronies to f ...more
And from The Nation 10/8/08 (Thanks Rachel!):
Frank argues that the public failures of the Bush administration are the very essence of conservative government--the predictable outcome of the anti-Washington, free-market ideology that has triumphed within the Republica ...more
One among hundreds and hundreds of examples: on p. 72 "Working out of the suburbs of northern Virginia.....the New Right leaders" is acco ...more
The main thesis of this book, as I take it, is to point out how well made the GOP has ...more
But I was even more impressed by the book. In fact, I can't understand why this book is not required reading for everyone who seeks to understand how the U.S. g ...more