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There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos: A Work of Political Subversion

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Revised, and with a New Introduction by the Author

"I am an agitator, and an agitator is the center post in a washing machine that gets the dirt out."
--Jim Hightower
Hightower is mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore! He's also funny as hell, and in this book he focuses his sharp Texas wit, populist passion, and native smarts on America's political, economic, sc
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 19th 1998 by Harper Perennial (first published 1997)
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Sherry Bupp
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
History Repeats - Again

Mr. Hightower's 1998 book is applicable to current events and could have been taken from today's headlines. His call to the Democratic Party to "BE Democrats again" is prescient; the pain of the working class, and the belief that "politicians" could not be trusted to respond to it, carried "outsider" Donald Trump into the presidency. This book should be required reading for all Democrats who aspire to public office.
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Nathan Albright
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge
This particular work is written as part of an internal debate within the Democratic party between those Democrats like Bill (and Hillary) Clinton whose move to the middle, at least in their own mind, was occasioned by obtaining the support of cultural, economic, and political elites, and those more populist and progressive and even radical Democrats who sought to bring home the bacon to working class whites and minorities and who often had a more conservative social streak.  The author is clearl ...more
Kate
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Hightower is mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore! He's also funny as hell, and in this book he focuses his sharp Texas wit, populist passion, and native smarts on America's political, economic, scientific, and media establishments. There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos leaves none of the moneyed establishment's sacred cows standing. It's lucid, smart, downright refreshing --and funny, funny, funny.

"No one in politics today can tell a stor
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Jeff Raymond
Long before I really really got interested in politics, I dabbled a bit in everything. This book, for whatever reason, spoke to me on a significant level. I cannot figure out how I got my hands on it before college at this point, but I distinctly remember reading the whole thing one afternoon on a reread freshman year because a friend had it assigned to her for a class. But this book seemed absolutely revelatory to me – this guy’s talking straight! He knows his stuff! And it’s in a book, so I ha ...more
MsBrie
Are you the type of person who avoids reading the newspaper? Does politics scare you too? Then check out this fabulous book by Jim Hightower! Learn what you really need to know (and avoid ever taking a polisci class) about politics, corporate badness, mad cow disease, organic food, and how breast cancer awareness month is actually a scam. This is a MUST READ for anyone who wants to know about what’s happening in this world. Hightower says it like it is and he is funny as hell too. Also, his chap ...more
Nathaniel
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
A string of interesting factoids about small social issues (such as city abuse of parking meters as a revenue collection tool) interconnected by a generalized liberal screed that's presented in such a boring way that even activists should be hard pressed to find anything to like. The material is also horribly dated, talking mostly about how Bill Clinton isn't a real Democrat and blah blah blah, which after eight years of Bush is an argument I just have no patience for. Some of Hightower's later ...more
James
The author is a muckraker par excellence, and often as funny as he is outraged. He provides a combination of expose and stories of the impact on ordinary people of corruption and governmental indifference to the interests of constituents who don't happen to be big campaign contributors. Discouraging but necessary. ...more
Diane Francis
Dec 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Hightower is a very funny writer. He takes on political subjects in a down-to-earth way. While I may not have agreed with everything he argues, I admire his conviction, facts, research and the way he uses humor!
Drew
Sep 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I read this book years ago and realize how Hightower introduced me to political writing with attitude. Very entertaining.

Also, I once met him and didn't recognize him because he wasn't wearing his hat. I found out after he left. Bummer....
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Brittaney
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Jim Hightower hit the nail on the head with this one! Hightower suggests certain claims and accurately backs up each and every one of them. Wonderful read! I certainly recommend it to anyone, political buffs (like myself) or not!
Sandy
I had to keep checking the publication date - it's a little disheartening that not much has changed since this book was written.

One of my favorite parts was his idea that all politicians should be required to wear jackets with the names of their corporate sponsors.
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Heather
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
You WILL want to be a vegetarian after reading this, at least for a few days if not forever. Smart and down-to-earth, if only politics were like this.
Bill Sleeman
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Brilliantly funny, a bit dated but essential for any policy and political buff.
Dave Peticolas

Jim Hightower is cool. He's an outspoken populist from Texas and writes in a fiery voice.

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Nonconformist48072
Jun 01, 2008 rated it really liked it

Ditto!
Shaun Kennedy
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Highly recommend this 10 year old book to anyone frustrated with the politics of today.
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Jan 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love Jim Hightower. He tells it like it is. Funny guy. Easy way to hear the disgusting truth.
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James Allen Hightower is an American syndicated columnist, progressive political activist, and author. From 1983 to 1991 he served as elected commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture.

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