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Losing Our Democracy: How Bush, the Far Right and Big Business Are Betraying Americans for Power and Profitby Mark Green
Synopses & Reviews
Mark Green is coauthor with Eric Alterman of the recent New York Times bestseller The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)Leads America. In Losing Our Democracy he takes on a larger subject, revealing in chilling detail how the far and religious right, a coalition of big business and, most shockingly, President Bush and his White House are in the process of sabotaging our democracy.
With careful reasoning and brilliant style, the author provides anecdotes and extensive evidence demonstrating that our liberty is under attack.
This is not, however, just another Bush-bashing book, this is a call-to-arms to all the people in America who cherish our freedom and who are sick and tired of seeing rich, born-again, politicians line their pockets so that special interests can have whatever they want at the America people's expense. Subjects include voter suppression, religious, corporate, and legislative tyranny, so-called tort reform, the problem of purchased politicians and the far right's Stone-Age approach to race and civil rights.
"Green (The Book on Bush), president of the New Democracy Project and currently a candidate for New York State attorney general, delivers a 'Democracy Audit' that takes to task the Bush administration and the right wing of the Republican Party, and though well-documented, his case suffers from staleness. As readers might already suspect, the state of American democracy is grim: the 43rd president has undermined the rule of law and ushered in a 'new authoritarianism' characterized by corporate malfeasance, religious intolerance, voter intimidation and media 'self censorship.' Politicians, meanwhile, conduct business 'Tony Soprano-style' and bully lobbyists into hosting fundraisers and hiring staffers. He bolsters his analysis with copious, albeit well-trod, evidence, culminating in 27 examples of Bush's 'deceptions,' most of them concerning Iraq and domestic anti-terrorism tactics. But Green's remedies to 'save democracy' aren't new or innovative, and range from the practical (elections should be held on Saturday) to the obvious ('Presidents should obey the law'). Green mostly spares his audience the gutter-sniping that sometimes passes for political analysis, but while Bush detractors will relish this well-crafted indictment, others may find their attention wandering mid-way through these familiar charges." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[Green's] catalogue of Bush and company's misdeeds adds up to an impressive indictment....A compendium of talking points for the midterm, tetchy without being shrill." Kirkus Reviews
Book News Annotation:
In this accessible text, bestselling author and attorney Green explains how the Bush administration's systematic consolidation of power and disregard for the rule of law threatens the foundation of American democracy. Just a few of the issues addressed: voter suppression, domestic spying, tax cuts for the wealthy, and violation of the Geneva Conventions. The author or editor of more than 20 books, Green (New York U.) is president of the New Democracy Project. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Celebrated author and lawyer Mark Green, who coauthored the New York Times bestseller The Book on Bush, now takes aim at the most chilling and dangerous trend in America today: the betrayal of America's democracy by its own leaders. In a perpetual quest for more money to line their pockets and more power to wield against average citizens, a coalition of big business, the Far and Religious Right and, most terrifyingly, Bush & Co. are assaulting our rights, our liberties, our very democratic system of government by, of, and for the people.
With his classic blend of careful reasoning and brilliant style, Mark Green provides anecdotes and ample evidence of a systematic attack being waged by Americans against America From voter suppression to religious, corporate and legislative tyranny, from the problem of purchased politicians to the Far Right's Stone Age approach to race and civil rights, this is a call to arms for all real patriots who have had enough of reactionary politicians who wave the flag while they trample on its values.
Green reveals in chilling detail how the far and religious right, a coalition of big business and President Bush and his White House, are in the process of sabotaging democracy. With careful reasoning and brilliant style, the author provides anecdotes and extensive evidence demonstrating that liberty is under attack.
About the Author
Mark Green is the author or coauthor of 19 other books, including Who Runs Congress?, which he coauthored with Michael Waldman, and What We Stand For: A Program for Progressive Patriotism. He has written over 250 articles for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsday, New Republic and The Nation.
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