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The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empireby Matt Taibbi
Synopses & Reviews
A REVELATORY AND DARKLY COMIC ADVENTURE THROUGH A NATION ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN—FROM THE HALLS OF CONGRESS TO THE BASES OF BAGHDAD TO THE APOCALYPTIC CHURCHES OF THE HEARTLAND
Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi set out to describe the nature of George Bush’s America in the post-9/11 era and ended up vomiting demons in an evangelical church in Texas, riding the streets of Baghdad in an American convoy to nowhere, searching for phantom fighter jets in Congress, and falling into the rabbit hole of the 9/11 Truth Movement.
Matt discovered in his travels across the country that the resilient blue state/red state narrative of American politics had become irrelevant. A large and growing chunk of the American population was so turned off—or radicalized—by electoral chicanery, a spineless news media, and the increasingly blatant lies from our leaders (“they hate us for our freedom”) that they abandoned the political mainstream altogether. They joined what he calls The Great Derangement.
Taibbi tells the story of this new American madness by inserting himself into four defining American subcultures: The Military, where he finds himself mired in the grotesque black comedy of the American occupation of Iraq; The System, where he follows the money-slicked path of legislation in Congress; The Resistance, where he doubles as chief public antagonist and undercover member of the passionately bonkers 9/11 Truth Movement; and The Church, where he infiltrates a politically influential apocalyptic mega-ministry in Texas and enters the lives of its desperate congregants. Together these four interwoven adventures paint a portrait of a nation dangerously out of touch with reality and desperately searching for answers in all the wrong places.
Funny, smart, and a little bit heartbreaking, The Great Derangement is an audaciously reported, sobering, and illuminating portrait of America at the end of the Bush era.
Drawing on his experiences as a journalist in Washington, with the military, and with evangelical Christianity, the author of Spanking the Donkey and Smells Like Dead Elephants examines the disconnect between American politics and American life in a witty, provocative study of a country coming apart. 40,000 first printing.
MATT TAIBBI is a roving national reporter for Rolling Stone and a columnist for rollingstone.com. He's the author of Spanking the Donkey, a collection of his writings about the 2004 election. He lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Born again — Congressional interlude I, or Inside the halls of derangement — The longest three days of my life — Baghdad interlude, or The derangement at war — Discover the difference — Congressional interlude II, or Democrats seize the reins of the derangement — Bible study — Conspiracy interlude I, or 9/11 and the derangement of truth — Peak experience — Conspiracy interlude II, or The derangement of the American left — Practice, practice, practice — Conspiracy interlude III, or The derangement of the peace movement — The end.
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