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Novelist and essayist Joan Didion writes about the refusal of Americans to openly discuss and debate the Bush administration's new unilateralism toward both domestic and international policies since 9/11. This provocative and persuasive essay was originally published in The New York Review of Books, and garnered a tremendous response from the magazine's readers. In a preface commissioned for this book edition, Frank Rich, the popular op-ed columnist for The New York Times, echoes her argument with his own passionate analysis. Fixed Ideas is an incisive, timely political commentary from an American virtuoso.

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"A shrewd, seasoned, and superbly articulate interpreter of the machinations of American politics...Didion concisely but precisely breaks down the rhetoric and media strategies of George W. Bush and company....[T]his is an essential work of clarity in a time of obfuscation." Donna Seaman, Booklist

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In Fixed Ideas Joan Didion describes how, since September 11, 2001, there has been a determined effort by the administration to promote an imperial America --a "New Unilateralism"-- and how, in many parts of America, there is now a "disconnect" between the government and citizens.

"[Americans] recognized even then [immediately after 9/11], with flames still visible in lower Manhattan, that the words 'bipartisanship' and 'national unity' had come to mean acquiescence to the administration's preexisting agenda --for example the imperative for further tax cuts, the necessity for Arctic drilling, the systematic elimination of regulatory and union protections, even the funding for the missile shield."

Frank Rich in his preface notes: "The reassuring point of the fixed ideas was to suppress other ideas that might prompt questions or fears about either the logic or hidden political agendas of those conducting what CNN branded as 'America's New War.'"

He adds, "This White House is famously secretive and on-message, but its skills go beyond that. It knows the power of narrative, especially a single narrative with clear-cut heroes and evildoers, and it knows how to drown out any distracting subplots before they undermine the main story."

Book and cover design by Milton Glaser, Inc.

Synopsis:

Novelist and essayist Joan Didion writes about the refusal of Americans to openly discuss and debate the Bush administration's new unilateralism toward both domestic and international policies since 9/11. This provocative and persuasive essay was originally published in The New York Review of Books, and garnered a tremendous response from the magazine's readers. In a preface commissioned for this book edition, Frank Rich, the popular op-ed columnist for The New York Times, echoes her argument with his own passionate analysis.

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ISBN:
9781590170731
Preface by:
Rich, Frank
Publisher:
New York Review of Books
Preface by:
Rich, Frank
Preface:
Rich, Frank
Author:
Rich, Frank
Author:
Didion, Joan
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
United states
Subject:
International Security
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
History & Theory - Radical Thought
Subject:
Political culture
Subject:
Imperialism
Subject:
Unilateral acts
Subject:
CURRENT EVENTS / American
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
Modern - 21st Century
Subject:
September 11 Terrorist Attacks,
Subject:
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
43
Publication Date:
May 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
44
Dimensions:
7.06x5.82x.18 in. .19 lbs.

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"Review" by , "A shrewd, seasoned, and superbly articulate interpreter of the machinations of American politics...Didion concisely but precisely breaks down the rhetoric and media strategies of George W. Bush and company....[T]his is an essential work of clarity in a time of obfuscation."
"Synopsis" by , In Fixed Ideas Joan Didion describes how, since September 11, 2001, there has been a determined effort by the administration to promote an imperial America --a "New Unilateralism"-- and how, in many parts of America, there is now a "disconnect" between the government and citizens.

"[Americans] recognized even then [immediately after 9/11], with flames still visible in lower Manhattan, that the words 'bipartisanship' and 'national unity' had come to mean acquiescence to the administration's preexisting agenda --for example the imperative for further tax cuts, the necessity for Arctic drilling, the systematic elimination of regulatory and union protections, even the funding for the missile shield."

Frank Rich in his preface notes: "The reassuring point of the fixed ideas was to suppress other ideas that might prompt questions or fears about either the logic or hidden political agendas of those conducting what CNN branded as 'America's New War.'"

He adds, "This White House is famously secretive and on-message, but its skills go beyond that. It knows the power of narrative, especially a single narrative with clear-cut heroes and evildoers, and it knows how to drown out any distracting subplots before they undermine the main story."

Book and cover design by Milton Glaser, Inc.

"Synopsis" by , Novelist and essayist Joan Didion writes about the refusal of Americans to openly discuss and debate the Bush administration's new unilateralism toward both domestic and international policies since 9/11. This provocative and persuasive essay was originally published in The New York Review of Books, and garnered a tremendous response from the magazine's readers. In a preface commissioned for this book edition, Frank Rich, the popular op-ed columnist for The New York Times, echoes her argument with his own passionate analysis.
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