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Publisher Comments:

In his previous book, Thomas Frank explained why working America votes for politicians who reserve their favors for the rich. Now, in Wrecking Crew, Frank examines the Washington those politicians have given us, showing why, no matter what happens in November 2008, were stuck with it for the foreseeable future.   

    Casting back to the early days of the conservative revolution, Frank describes the rise of a ruling coalition dedicated to dismantling government. But rather than cutting down the big government they claim to hate, conservatives have simply sold it off, deregulating some industries, defunding others, but always turning public policy into a private-sector bidding war. Washington itself has been remade into a golden landscape of super-wealthy suburbs and gleaming lobbyist headquarters. And though arch-lobbyist Jack Abramoff has crashed and burned, the government-by-entrepreneurship he pioneered so outrageously has become the law of the land.

    It is no coincidence, Frank argues, that the same politicians who guffaw at the idea of effective government have installed a regime in which incompetence is the rule. Nor will the country easily shake off the consequences of deliberate misgovernment through the usual election remedies. Obsessed with achieving a lasting victory, conservatives have taken pains to enshrine the free market as the permanent creed of state.

    Stamped with Franks audacity, analytic brilliance, and wit, Wrecking Crewis his most revelatory work yet—and his most important.

Review:

"Frank paints a complex and conspiracy-ridden picture that illuminates the sinister and controversial practices of the Republican party in the 20th and 21st centuries. While Frank's assessments and interpretations of key events, players and party doctrines is accurate and justifiable, his overwhelming blame of the Republican Party as the source of everything that's wrong with this county and as the emblem of self-destructing government denies the Democrats and the citizenry their roles in a decaying democracy. Wyman's matter-of-fact delivery hints at the obviousness of Frank's words, but provides enough enthusiasm to make listeners believe he, too, is invested in Frank's message. His emphasis and vigor keep the text enjoyable, long after the rant of Republican despotism has become excessive. A Metropolitan Books hardcover (Reviews, May 26). (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of Whats The Matter With Kansas?, an exposé of the Washington conservatism has built: how it works, how it doesnt, and why its here to stay

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of Whats The Matter With Kansas?, an exposé of the Washington conservatism has built: how it works, how it doesnt, and why its here to stay

About the Author

Thomas Frank, the author of Whats the Matter With Kansas? and One Market Under God, is also the founding editor of The Baffler and a  contributing editor at Harpers. Recipient of a Lannan nonfiction prize, he has been a guest columnist for The New York Times and frequently writes for Harpers, The New Republic and The New York Review of Books, among others. He lives, of course, in Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781427204547
Subtitle:
How Conservatives Rule
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Read by:
Wyman, Oliver
Read:
Wyman, Oliver
Read:
Frank, Thomas
Narrated:
Frank, Thomas
Author:
Frank, Thomas
Author:
Wyman, Oliver
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Subject:
POL042020
Subject:
Political Process - Political Parties
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Politics, practical
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Edition Description:
Unabridged
Abridged:
Y
Publication Date:
20080805
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 CDs, 10 hrs
Dimensions:
5.26 x 5.64 x 1.555 in
Media Run Time:
600

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Frank paints a complex and conspiracy-ridden picture that illuminates the sinister and controversial practices of the Republican party in the 20th and 21st centuries. While Frank's assessments and interpretations of key events, players and party doctrines is accurate and justifiable, his overwhelming blame of the Republican Party as the source of everything that's wrong with this county and as the emblem of self-destructing government denies the Democrats and the citizenry their roles in a decaying democracy. Wyman's matter-of-fact delivery hints at the obviousness of Frank's words, but provides enough enthusiasm to make listeners believe he, too, is invested in Frank's message. His emphasis and vigor keep the text enjoyable, long after the rant of Republican despotism has become excessive. A Metropolitan Books hardcover (Reviews, May 26). (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,

From the bestselling author of Whats The Matter With Kansas?, an exposé of the Washington conservatism has built: how it works, how it doesnt, and why its here to stay

"Synopsis" by ,

From the bestselling author of Whats The Matter With Kansas?, an exposé of the Washington conservatism has built: how it works, how it doesnt, and why its here to stay

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