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Bushworld : enter at your own risk /
Maureen Dowd.
imprint
New York : G.P. Putnam, c2004.
description
523 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
039915258X (alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : G.P. Putnam, c2004.
isbn
039915258X (alk. paper)
general note
A collection of the author's columns originally published in The New York times.
catalogue key
5257406
A Look Inside
About the Author
BIH Author Biography
A Washington, D.C., native, Maureen Dowd became a columnist for the New York Times op-ed page in 1995, after reporting on the Reagan, Bush I and Clinton White Houses. She is now covering her sixth presidential campaign-and the second generation of Bush presidents who went to war with the same Iraqi dictator. Before becoming a columnist for the Times op-ed page, she wrote a column, "On Washington," for The New York Times Magazine. She won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 1999 for chronicling the Clinton impeachment follies, as the Times entry put it, "with style as well as insight, with faultless instinct for hypocrisy in high places."
Excerpts
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In her first book, the celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist delivers a scorching-and often scorchingly funny-illumination of the Bush administration's fractured adventures in empire-building. From Washington to Kennebunkport to Texas to old Europe and new Europe during the past two decades, Maureen Dowd has trained her binoculars on the Bush dynasty, putting them, as both 41 and 43 have complained to her, "on the couch." Here she wittily dissects the Oedipal loop-de-loop between father and son and the Orwellian logic of the rush to war in Iraq. It's a turbulent odyssey charting how a Shakespearean cast of regents, courtiers and neocon cabalists-all with their own subterranean agendas-hijack King George II's war on terror and upend the senior Bush's cherished internationalist foreign policy and Persian Gulf coalition. As she's written about Bushworld, "It's their reality. We just live and die in it." For thirty years, Maureen Dowd has written about Washington-and America-in a voice that is acerbic, passionate, outraged and incisive. But nothing has engaged her as powerfully as the extraordinary agendas, absurdities and obsessions of George the Younger. Drawing on her celebrated columns, with a new introductory essay, she probes the topsy-turvy alternative universe of a group she has made recognizable by their first names, middle initials, nicknames or numbers-41, the Boy Emperor (who has given Dowd her own moniker, the Cobra), Rummy, Condi, Wolfie, Uncle Dick of the Underworld, General Karl and the Prince of Darkness (Richard Perle)-as they seek an extreme makeover of the country and the world. Bushworld is a book any reader who cares about the real world won't want to miss.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2004-10-01:
How many ways are there to call a president callow, incurious, provincial, and overmatched? Dowd covers what has to be most of them in this generous collection of 145 of her New York Times columns about George W. Bush, father, and family. Although she states, "I'm not well suited to being a polemicist," in fact Dowd fills that role so splendidly a reviewer could happily quote from almost any page. "W. avenged his dad, replaced his dad, made his dad proud and rebelled against his dad, all with the same war," she says in a nice summary of a few recurring themes. Recurring themes, in fact, are the book's one problem, since past a certain point one columnist's take on one president seems repetitive, even for so keen a writer as Dowd, who won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. This, her first book, mainly includes columns from 2000-2004. While a collection spanning more of Dowd's career might have served her better, in this election season the book will be in demand. Recommended for any library.-Robert F. Nardini, Chichester, NH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2004-08-02:
As scathingly funny as she is zingingly succinct, New York Times op-ed columnist Dowd has been riding Bush & Co. since his presidential campaign first gathered steam in 1999. Her approach has less to do with party than class: since winning the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for her commentary on the Clinton impeachment, Dowd, originally from working-class, Washington, D.C., has become the unlikely mouthpiece of broad-swath middle-class anger at corporate bosses, the conservative very rich and hawks of all stripes. The book collects five-plus years of pieces whose titles ("Bomb and Switch"; "Weapons of Mass Redaction") draw one into Dowd's weirdly high-low tabloid rata-tat-tat: "The Boy Emperor's head hurt. All the oppressive obligations of statecraft were swimming through his brain like hungry koi." The best of them synthesize out loud what the punditocracy e-mails to each other in private as the news day progresses. That real-time quality, with Dowd riffing out loud in medias res, doesn't always work in book form. But with events having unfolded so rapidly in the last five years, this compendium, Dowd's first, serves as a kind of summa for the mochaccino set's political grievances. Others cover the same waterfront, but Dowd's keen dramatizations of complex situations, uncannily biting caricatures and merciless re-spinning of spin set her far apart from the pack. The results remain devastating, even after the fact: "Gorzac: works to counteract nausea that occurs when you turn on the TV and see Al promising to `let it rip'...." Agent, Esther Newberg. (Aug.) Forecast: This should be one of the major political books of the fall, sure to be embraced publicly by Dowd's pundit peers and bought in droves by loyal local and national Times readers. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Reviews
This item was reviewed in:
Chicago Tribune, August 2004
New York Times Book Review, August 2004
Publishers Weekly, August 2004
USA Today, August 2004
Booklist, September 2004
Globe & Mail, October 2004
Library Journal, October 2004
San Francisco Chronicle, October 2004
New York Times Book Review, April 2005
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Summaries
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From Washington to Kennebunkport to Texas to old Europe and new Europe during the past two decades, Maureen Dowd has trained her binoculars on the Bush dynasty, putting them, as both 41 and 43 have complained to her, "on the couch." Here she wittily dissects the Oedipal loop-de-loop between father and son and the Orwellian logic of the rush to war in Iraq. It's a turbulent odyssey charting how a Shakespearean cast of regents, courtiers and neo-con cabalists-all with their own subterranean agendas-hijack King George II's war on terror and upend the senior Bush's cherished internationalist foreign policy and Persian Gulf coalition.As she's written about Bushworld, "It's their reality. We just live and die in it."For 30 years, Maureen Dowd has written about Washington-and America-in a voice that is acerbic, passionate, outraged and incisive. But nothing has engaged her as powerfully as the extraordinary agendas, absurdities and obsessions of George the younger. Drawing upon her celebrated columns, with a new introductory essay, she probes the topsy-turvy alternative universe of a group she has made recognizable by their first names, middle initials, nicknames or numbers 41, the Boy Emperor, Rummy, Condi, Wolfie, Uncle Dick of the Underworld, General Karl, Prince of Darkness (Richard Perle) and her own nickname from W., the Cobra-as they seek an extreme makeover of the country and the world.Bushworld, is a book any reader who cares about the real world won't want to miss.
Table of Contents
The old king is deposed : in which the black sheep usurps the dutiful brother
The regents enter : in which the old king encircles the dauphin with his trusted counselors
War of the chads : in which the high court purloins the throne for the Bush dynasty
Oedipus wrecks : in which the family drama Aeschylates
Washington's transit : in which the politics of secution give way to the politics of confrontation
The boy king's endless summer : in which the fault is in their star wars and in themselves
Transfusing the blue blood with red to pump up the red states
Surrendering to vice : the boy king submits to the dark father
Sleeping with the enemy : in which the Saudis fly away from 9/11 blame in their private jets
As the world turns on us : in which furious George upends his sire's friendly diplomacy
A cynical chapter : feeding the fear and stoking the homeland insecurity
On piety and pettifoggery
In which Cheney, Rummy, Wolfie, Condi, Chalabi and the Neocon gang hijack the war on terror
In which the reader roots for the gallant Colin Powell to prevail against the Pentagon Visigoths
Hey dude, where's my covert action? : in which top gun is toppled by sputtering spooks
Uncle Dick of the underworld : in which the dark father shows himself in the least amiable light
Drunk on rummy : in which the boy emperor has no clothes or weapons
In which the skull and bones scions, one who saucily sloughed off and one who pompously strived up, face off
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