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Read a newspaper or catch the news on television and you might get the impression that America's current leadership is "mainstream": perhaps a bit more conservative and in its foreign policy more belligerent than its predecessors, but still a federal authority that functions within America's political traditions. But as Mark Crispin Miller argues here with great clarity and effect, we are in fact living in a state that would appall the Founding Fathers: a state that is neither democratic nor republican, and no more "conservative" than it is liberal. He exposes the Bush Republican's contempt for democratic practice, their bullying religiosity, their reckless militarism, their apocalyptic views of the economy and the planet, and — above all — their emotional dependence on sheer hatefulness.

Review:

"In delivering this blunt jeremiad — Bush is "fascistic," "theocratic," a "crook," etc.?Miller (The Bush Dyslexicon) argues that the Bush-era press isn't simply biased, it has been lulled into an Orwellian false consciousness. One of the major examples Miller, a professor of media studies at NYU, offers is the case of Scott Ritter, the former U.N. weapons inspector who insisted before the war that Iraq probably had no unconventional weapons and was treated by TV interviewers like Paula Zahn as a near-stooge for Saddam. For Miller, further elements of the current order include electronic voting machines that he says were used to tilt the 2002 congressional elections and a cabal of Christian Reconstructionists that wants to impose theocracy on America. Miller, sometimes overheatedly, links the "extremist propaganda" of the Christian right to Bush assertions and policies, traces it to groups like the highly secretive Council for National Policy, and presents what he sees as a final agenda: "To such apocalyptic types, the prospect of a ruined earth is no big deal, as long as God can be alleged to go for it." While such arguments are familiar, as is the indignant tone, Miller's thoroughness and clarity in tracking down the sources of the policies he decries, and the ways in which they are disseminated, set the book apart." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Bush criticism seems to demand Miller's brand of lonely brilliance...His strongest argument concerns the First Amendment: We err today in thinking it's intended to protect the producers of speech." Newsday

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"A critical contribution to America's internal, life-or-death debate over foreign and domestic policy." Booklist

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"[T]his is a critical contribution to America's internal, life-or-death debate over foreign and domestic policy." Booklist

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"[Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order] adds up to a nicely juicy rant-but not much more-some of the details of which may come as news to some readers." Kirkus Reviews

Book News Annotation:

Author Miller (media studies, New York U.) has been unrelenting in his criticism of the George W. Bush administration for many years now, charging the regime with being not only antidemocratic and antirepublican, but "fundamentally apocalyptic." Following up on his earlier The Bush Dyslexicon, he documents how the administration has used corrosive cynicism to stampede the country into war and to stifle all dissent, how it has flagrantly disregarded domestic and international law in pursuit of its autocratic "war on terror," and various other real and metaphorical crimes largely given a pass by the US mainstream media and the Congress.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Author Miller (media studies, New York U.) has been unrelenting in his criticism of the George W. Bush administration for many years now, charging the regime with being not only antidemocratic and antirepublican, but "fundamentally apocalyptic." Following up on his earlier The Bush Dyslexicon, he documents how the administration has used corrosive cynicism to stampede the country into war and to stifle all dissent, how it has flagrantly disregarded domestic and international law in pursuit of its autocratic "war on terror," and various other real and metaphorical crimes largely given a pass by the US mainstream media and the Congress. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

With great clarity and effect, this important book exposes the Bush Republicans' contempt for democratic practice, their bullying religiosity, their reckless militarism, their apocalyptic views of the economy and the planet, and--above all--their emotional dependence on sheer hatefulness.

About the Author

Mark Crispin Miller is a professor of media studies at New York University and the author of The Bush Dyslexicon. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393326789
Author:
Miller, Mark Crispin.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Miller, Mark Crispin
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Conservatism
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political Process - Political Parties
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.725 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In delivering this blunt jeremiad — Bush is "fascistic," "theocratic," a "crook," etc.?Miller (The Bush Dyslexicon) argues that the Bush-era press isn't simply biased, it has been lulled into an Orwellian false consciousness. One of the major examples Miller, a professor of media studies at NYU, offers is the case of Scott Ritter, the former U.N. weapons inspector who insisted before the war that Iraq probably had no unconventional weapons and was treated by TV interviewers like Paula Zahn as a near-stooge for Saddam. For Miller, further elements of the current order include electronic voting machines that he says were used to tilt the 2002 congressional elections and a cabal of Christian Reconstructionists that wants to impose theocracy on America. Miller, sometimes overheatedly, links the "extremist propaganda" of the Christian right to Bush assertions and policies, traces it to groups like the highly secretive Council for National Policy, and presents what he sees as a final agenda: "To such apocalyptic types, the prospect of a ruined earth is no big deal, as long as God can be alleged to go for it." While such arguments are familiar, as is the indignant tone, Miller's thoroughness and clarity in tracking down the sources of the policies he decries, and the ways in which they are disseminated, set the book apart." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Bush criticism seems to demand Miller's brand of lonely brilliance...His strongest argument concerns the First Amendment: We err today in thinking it's intended to protect the producers of speech."
"Review" by , "A critical contribution to America's internal, life-or-death debate over foreign and domestic policy."
"Review" by , "[T]his is a critical contribution to America's internal, life-or-death debate over foreign and domestic policy."
"Review" by , "[Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order] adds up to a nicely juicy rant-but not much more-some of the details of which may come as news to some readers."
"Synopsis" by , With great clarity and effect, this important book exposes the Bush Republicans' contempt for democratic practice, their bullying religiosity, their reckless militarism, their apocalyptic views of the economy and the planet, and--above all--their emotional dependence on sheer hatefulness.
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