Summer Reading Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | Yesterday, 10:00am

Jessica Valenti: IMG Full Frontal Feminism Revisited



It is arguably the worst and best time to be a feminist. In the years since I first wrote Full Frontal Feminism, we've seen a huge cultural shift in... Continue »
  1. $11.90 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

spacer

This item may be
out of stock.

Click on the button below to search for this title in other formats.


Check for Availability
Add to Wishlist

The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire

by

The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385525701
Subtitle:
A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
Author:
Taibbi, Matt
Author:
Matt Taibbi
Subject:
Political Science : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Political culture
Subject:
Decision-making
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics-Political Science
Subject:
Politics-United States Culture
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080506
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
269

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General

The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire
0 stars - 0 reviews
$ In Stock
Product details 269 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780385525701 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.