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The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  590 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Maureen Dowd's incendiary takes and takedowns from 2016--the most bizarre, disruptive and divisive Presidential race in modern history.

Trapped between two candidates with the highest recorded unfavorables, Americans are plunged into The Year of Voting Dangerously. In this perilous and shocking campaign season, The New York Times columnist traces the psychologies and patho
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Twelve (first published September 13th 2016)
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Aistė Aidukaitė
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Extremely repetitive, but I can now see how a US citizen might not want to vote for Hillary even if it means Donald wins. And yes, I am now on first name basis with the presidential candidates, thank you very much.
Scott Rhee
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maureen Dowd, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times columnist, has been covering the Theater of the Absurd that we call Washington, D.C. for over thirty years. If anyone knows how fucked up our political system is, it’s her.

In “The Year of Voting Dangerously”, Dowd compiles some of her favorite and most apropos columns and articles she has written in 2016. Unfortunately, her book only covers columns up to July 31, 2016, leaving the most vital and ridiculous months of the campaign
Fred Klein
My feeling upon reading this is that it would have made a great book. I'm being sarcastic because it did not feel like a book so much as a collection of 20 years of Dowd's essays with no effort made to edit it into some kind of cohesive whole. Hence, it is very repetitive and often boring (especially a lengthy essay on Dowd's friendship with George H.W. Bush). As I see it, this is a cynical and lazy attempt by Dowd to cash in on this fascinating election.

The laziness that resulted in this book m
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With nearly everyone I know tired of the 2016 presidential election coverage, the NYT calling the election "the most bizarre, disruptive and divisive presidential race in modern history.." NYT notable columnist and bestselling author/journalist Maureen Dowd offers her pointed shrewd political commentary and observations with her exciting informative new book (with its fun colorful cartoonish cover) "The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics".

Maureen Dowd is unwelcome
James Murphy
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
The election is over. The winner has been announced. The loser has conceded. And I have just finished "The Year of Voting Dangerously," by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. I started the book on September 26, when Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton were criss-crossing the country pursuing votes. Now that the 2016 election is history, would reading Ms. Dowd's book still be worthwhile? I say yes, because Ms. Dowd not only writes about the 2016 contest, she looks at the recent presiden ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
A collection of columns by Maureen Dowd which focus on current politics and offer insights on both Trump and Clinton. I would have liked a deeper view into both personalities.
Oct 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only got about one-fourth of the way through this before I had to give up. This is an unedited collection of Maureen Dowd's New York Times columns, some of which date back to the 1990s, and that they're unedited is important only because she's prone to referring to things like, "the events of last Thursday," without any further explanation, which is fine if you're reading it in the Times before the subsequent Thursday but not at all helpful when you're reading it years later in a collected vol ...more
Chris McCoy
Dec 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
I had no idea that Maureen Dowd was such a conservative columnist when I started this book. She's possibly the most anti-feminist, Hillary hating, gossip columnist turned wannabe political reporter that I've ever read. In her view you'd think that Donald Trump never did anything wrong to women whereas Bill Clinton's dalliances ruined the country. Her editor must have been asleep at the wheel because she repeats the same stories over and over again or else her memory is fading as quickly as her o ...more
Christopher Clark
I picked this book up, expecting a diatribe on how awful both these candidates were. What I got was a portrait of Trump which Dowd seems to paint in "Boys Will Be Boys" tones, and a sculpture of Hillary made of pure vitriol. If you're going to write a book like this, with a name like this, you should have been prepared to be equally hateful of both candidates, Maureen. Off-the-cuff and occasionally "shy when confronted with Trump for President signs" does not excuse his behavior any more than Co ...more
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics, journalism
Repetitive, and with few new insights about Trump, Hillary, or President Obama, Dowd's collection of columns and attempts at satire rings flat and uninspired. Ultimately, it serves as an example that Dowd is best suited to be a columnist, not an author (or satirist). The only real highlight in this book is a genuine, respectful, and loving portrait of Dowd's ongoing personal relationship with George H W Bush. Liberal that I am, I always felt like the first Bush president got a raw deal, that he ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Right up to date but nothing new (and how could there be, given the blanket coverage) and filled with a quite a full measure of filler (such as a blow-by-blow account of the author's long flirtation with GHW Bush, and some 'guest pieces' including one by her sister for some reason). Of course we have all had far too much of this stuff by now. I'm pleased that this book has just about tipped me over the edge into Really Seriously Not Wanting to Hear Another Word About It and I've pruned my variou ...more
David Glickman
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, people the author has written about for the past two decades. It is repetitive because it is comprised of several columns written over the years. It still is excellent and I recommended to political aficionados. I particularly enjoyed the authors discussion of her relationship with the Bush family, particularly GHW Bush.
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love Maureen's columns but this book was too repetitive a compendium. ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
I hadn’t really read Maureen Dowd but couldn’t resist the cover of this book.

There’s a lot of opinions out there about Dowd. One common take is that she’s no Molly Ivins. I suppose since their styles are similar and the field is thin, it’s inevitable. Anyway, I tend to disagree with the haters. I think Ivins would be glad to see a tradition carried on.

If Dowd was a middle aged white man, she would probably be treated like Christopher Hitchens, a lovable irascible character.

Dowd gets a lot of hat
Sandi Hemming
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
More like reading a stack of old newspapers than reading a book. Good writer but old news.
Michael Friedman
Nov 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
A Major Disappointment.
Ms. Dowd's book is a forum to display her utter contempt for Hillary Clinton based upon anything but policy, work ethic or competence. Instead she focuses on her insecurity that resulted in her e-mail debacle and the support of her husband during his adulterous trials with congress and a Special Prosecutor. Stating wrongfully that Secretary Clinton never apologized for her extra e-mail server, Ms. Dowd concentrates on her perceptions of Ms. Clinton's social failings and ne
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5

I expected Maureen Dowd's latest to be a collection of her columns on the current presidential election, given the cover, but it covers more territory than that. She goes all the way back to George H.W. Bush and moves forward from there, selecting columns and essays relted, sometimes barely, to the players in the current election. Dowd's particular strength is exploring candidates' personal and policy weaknesses - she seldom says anything complimentary - and the current political sce
Mary Sisney
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ms. Dowd's collection of New York Times columns is timely. She provides some interesting insights into Donald Trump, whom she's been interviewing since the nineties, and the Clintons. But she seems most interested in the man she alternately calls Poppy Bush and 41. They have what he calls a "love/hate" relationship and what I would call a mildly flirtatious one. While I found the book entertaining and informative, Ms. Dowd's nicknames for the politicians (she calls Obama "The One" and at one poi ...more
Richard Scholtz
Oct 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Supposedly the best of Dowd's coverage of the Donald and Hillary, but her lightweight treatment of her subjects is really indicative of the problems with mainstream media today. It's not the slightly left of center bias, but the rush for the snappy headline, the gotcha-game. That is not to say that Dowd's seething bias against any that don't play her game is absent. Had Dowd or her colleagues actually dug deeper than the surface, this election would have turned out significantly different. It pa ...more
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is not a "book" but mostly her columns and not all about the 2016 election. She has her brother and sister write some of the interludes, very lame. Don't get me wrong her columns are very interesting, but this is miss titled and looks like an effort to make a quick buck. Not sure if she admires anybody in public life. Talks nice about GHW before slicing him from stem to stern. Reading between the lines she may like Trump more than anyone, at least her sister does. The title will make this b ...more
Mandy Porter
Dec 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book was hard for me to read. I got excited when I saw it in the book store and did what I usually don't do, but it full price.

Admittedly I was at first intrigued by the authors voice narrorating the political world, but then I realized I paid full price for a subscription to her blog which I probably could have gotten for free online. I skimmed the last part of the book just to be finished. if only I could do that with this upcoming presidential term.
An essay collection about this year's presidential candidates, the wit is biting and writing is crisp. I can only give it 3 stars however, because it gets quite repetitive and, as I write this, a month before the election, it is both dated and really, really depressing. There really is nothing funny about what we are stuck with this year. ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy Dowd's writing, her investigative prowess, her sense of humor and the fact that she does not talk down to her audience. She described a quagmire from which we are having to extricate a choice of president.

Who knew that a mere 10 weeks after the end of the of the writing of the book, the content would be positively tame in comparison to the reality {{sigh}}
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
A collection of newspaper editorials by the always-entertaining NYT columnist Maureen Dowd profiles the 2016 presidential race + bonus material about GHW Bush and Pres. Obama (Meanwhile, on Planet Vulcan...). "It turns out, who we choose is not really about our souls. It's politics, man." [p. 432] ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
To be honest I have to say that I viewed this book with quite a bit of skepticism when I first saw it sitting on the local library shelf. I was surprised to find that the author, New York Times Columnist Maureen Dowd was pretty much spot on with Trump, Clinton and President Obama.
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not much new if you follow the Election on a daily basis like i do and its pretty boring writing with a lot of repetitions.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
It's not that what she was saying was wrong it's just that she didn't present it in a way that made me care. ...more
Coleen Dailey
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. it is a collection of articles written over a number of years about the Bushes, Clintons, Obamas and the current race. I enjoyed her insight and commentary.
Fran Melone
Oct 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The worst

I can't believe I wasted money on this. She took all the scraps of paper on her desk, including duplicates of many, shuffled them into a pile, and called it a book.
Genine Franklin-Clark
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Less interesting than I'd hoped. ...more
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Maureen Dowd is a Washington D.C.-based columnist for The New York Times. She has worked for the Times since 1983, when she joined as a metropolitan reporter. In 1999, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her series of columns on the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Dowd's columns are distinguished by an acerbic, often polemical writing style. Her columns often display a critical attitude towards powerful

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