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Bushworld : enter at your own risk /
Maureen Dowd.
edition
Berkley trade pbk. ed.
imprint
New York : Berkley Books, 2005, c2004.
description
541 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0425202763 (pbk.), 9780425202760 (pbk.)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Berkley Books, 2005, c2004.
isbn
0425202763 (pbk.)
9780425202760 (pbk.)
general note
A collection of the author's columns originally published in The New York times.
Originally published: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2004. With new material.
local note
REPLACEMENT for 2004 ed. by Putnam pub.
catalogue key
8582112
A Look Inside
About the Author
BIH Author Biography
Maureen Dowd became a New York Times Op-Ed columnist in 1995, having written about the White House and its occupants since the Reagan era. Previously she wrote the "On Washington" column for The New York Times Magazine. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for her commentary on the Clinton impeachment.
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
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New York Times Book Review, April 2005
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Summaries
Main Description
The Pulitzer-winning New York Timescolumnist takes on the Bush administration--now updated with new material. For the past two decades, Maureen Dowd has trained her binoculars-and her scorching wit-on the Bush dynasty. Here, she explores and dissects the entire story, in all its Oedipal, Orwellian, Shakespearean glory. Drawing from her New York Timescolumn, she journeys to Maine, Texas, Washington, old Europe, new Europe, and Saudi Arabia, chronicling both father and son as well as the cast of characters surrounding them. For any reader who cares about America, this is essential reading. As Dowd says about Bushworld: "It's their reality. We only live and die in it."
Main Description
The Pulitzer-winning New York Times columnist takes on the Bush administration--now updated with new material. For the past two decades, Maureen Dowd has trained her binoculars-and her scorching wit-on the Bush dynasty. Here, she explores and dissects the entire story, in all its Oedipal, Orwellian, Shakespearean glory. Drawing from her New York Times column, she journeys to Maine, Texas, Washington, old Europe, new Europe, and Saudi Arabia, chronicling both father and son as well as the cast of characters surrounding them. For any reader who cares about America, this is essential reading. As Dowd says about Bushworld: "It's their reality. We only live and die in it."
Unpaid Annotation
For 30 years, Dowd has written about Washington--and America--in a voice that is acerbic, passionate, outraged, and incisive. Drawing upon her celebrated columns, with a new introductory essay, she now probes the topsy-turvy alternative universe of the Bush administration.
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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