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Cronies: Oil, the Bushes, and the Rise of Texas, America's Superstate
"Bryce tells his tale in a way more admiring than alarmist; he doesn't sound like a conspiracy nut, he sounds like a guy who just loves a good yarn involving a lot of bad guys. The reader will have no doubt that Bryce harbors contempt for the characters he profiles, but it's a contempt leavened by good humor and even a kind of subtle respect." Farhad Manjoo, Salon.com (read the entire Salon.com review)
Synopses & Reviews
No other province holds more political and economic power than the Lone Star State. Two of the last three American presidents — and three of the last eight — have been Texans. Each of them go to the White House by exploiting a network of money and power that no other state can match. In Cronies, renowned investigative reporter Robert Bryce illuminates how Texas turned its vast energy resources into political power, and how a small group of Texas corporations, lawyers and politicians use that power to protect and defend their own economic interests.
Through an absorbing narrative that moves from the days of the oil boom, through the rise and reign of LBJ, to today, Bryce profiles the Texans and the Texas corporations who have wielded 7#151; and continue to wield — great power in America's domestic and foreign policy, including the Bushes, James A. Baker III, Halliburton, Baker Botts, Ray Hunt, Bell Helicopter, and more, he shows how massive transfers of wealth from the rest of the country to Texas have allowed the state to prosper. Cronies demonstrates how George W. Bush is the living embodiment of Texas' crony networks, and how those networks continue to play critical roles in the 21st century.
Distinguished by the same crack investigative skills and colorful storytelling that reviewers loved in Pipe Dreams, Cronies not only explains the astonishing rise of Texas; it offers a timely, provocative new way to look at American politics and our deadly entanglements in Iraq.
"A well-told tale whose sheer, documented scope of corruption and backslapping in a pernicious and virulent strain of cronyism will have readers agog — until the steam starts shooting from their ears." Kirkus Reviews
"There's little in Bryce's book that is freshly revelatory....But in this election year, partisans looking for evidence of Republican corruption will find plenty of tidbits here." Publishers Weekly
Book News Annotation:
The road to political power in the United States now runs through the state of Texas argues investigative journalist Bryce in his exploration of the networks of oil, money, and power in the Lone Star State. Beginning his narrative in the 1930s, he describes a "long history of cronyism" in which the Texas political system became bound to the Texas energy system and the way that system has now been transferred to Washington, D.C.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Renowned investigative reporter Bryce illuminates how Texas turned its vast energy resources into political power, and how a small group of Texas corporations, lawyers and politicians use that power to protect and defend their own economic interests.
Texans are running the country—maybe the world. Now the author of Pipe Dreams examines who they are, how they got into power, and how they reward themselves and each other, often at the expense of American taxpayers.
About the Author
Robert Bryce's work has appeared in the The New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Austin Chronicle and Texas Observer. His first book, Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron, was named one of the best books of 2002 by Publishers Weekly and several other newspapers and magazines. He lives in Austin.
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