Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2003
CS ISBN 0739307487 $25.95 Four cassettes
CD ISBN 0739306596 $29.95 Five CDs
Those preferring to remain comfortably unaware of the effects of Bush policies on the lives of Americans and the health of our democratic institutions would do well to avoid this book. Others, regardless of political affiliation, owe it to themselves to listen with open mind. Not an anti-Bush rant, this is a well-researched, well- written examination of the current state of the union. In accessible language the authors trace the complex machinations of policy-making in the Bush White House. They then provide case studies of how these policies have affected real people. Known for her sharp Texas wit, Ivins gives a lively delivery, informed by a combination of optimism and outrage. She is by turns funny, sarcastic, ironic, and deadly serious. It's a pleasure to listen to facts that might otherwise be dry and stories that, on their own, would be even more painful. The final chapter offers solutions, a call to action, and hope. Recommended for anyone who will be voting in 2004. E.S.
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