Bush has made plenty of friends and supporters along the way, including Texas oil barons, evangelist Billy Graham, and co-investors in the Texas Rangers baseball team. But for all of Bush's likeability, Ivins points to a disconcerting lack of political passion from this ascending presidential candidate. In her words, "If you think his daddy had trouble with 'the vision thing,' wait till you meet this one. To head to the voting booth without it would be downright un-American. If a politician is left, right, weak, strong, given to the waffle or the flip-flop, or, as sometimes happens, an able soul who performs well under pressure, all that will be in the record.
It has been interesting and amusing to watch the process. Interesting because it's sometimes hard to tell who's leading and who's following; amusing because when a scion of Old Yankee money gets together with a televangelist with too much Elvis, the result is swell entertainment. Since Governor Bush's election, Texas air quality has been rated the worst in the nation, leading all fifty states in overall toxic releases, recognized carcinogens in the air, cancer risk, and ten other categories of pollutants.
Why the Bush Administration is Recklessly Destroying a I read this book around the time the Shrub was being "elected" the first time.
- Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush by Molly Ivins.
- Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush – Texas Monthly.
It was quite possibly the scariest book I've ever read. Molly Ivins was a genius. I miss her a lot.
I got to see her speak towards the end of her life. She had been going through chemo and barely looked like herself, but she was still razor sharp. It made me want to read all of her books. This, of course, is all old information by now. But at the time it was scary stuff.
Still is to an extent, especially now that we've I read this book around the time the Shrub was being "elected" the first time. Still is to an extent, especially now that we've een living with it for 7 years. Feb 24, Elaine rated it really liked it Shelves: I credit this book with giving me my first political education on George W. Ivins conveys just how abominable a governor and undeserving a leader he is. May she rest in peace. Mar 29, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ivins wrote this as Dubya was making his move from the Texas governor's mansion to the White House, and is her account of his doings as chief executive of her home state.
She wasn't mean or petty, but she pulled no punches in pointing out how he'd conducted himself as governor of Texas, an unimpressive record at best; he apparently changed for the even-worse, or had hidden some darker aspects of his character, though, because as she looked ahead to his presidency she said that the m The late Ms. She wasn't mean or petty, but she pulled no punches in pointing out how he'd conducted himself as governor of Texas, an unimpressive record at best; he apparently changed for the even-worse, or had hidden some darker aspects of his character, though, because as she looked ahead to his presidency she said that the man wasn't mean and wasn't dumb, and he turned out to be meaner than Nixon and dumber than Harding.
A good read for a snapshot of how things stood a bit more than eight years ago now, sad in some ways in the light of all that's happened since then. Mar 07, Dave Schumaker rated it really liked it. Molly Ivins' book was written before Bush was elected err The book provides an interesting insight into the Molly Ivins' book was written before Bush was elected err The book provides an interesting insight into the past and privileged life of the man who is our current President. While there are people who like to rail on Barack Obama for not having enough experience to potentially be President, this book definitely shows that experience really isn't everything.
Sep 18, Danielle rated it really liked it Shelves: Not sure what kind of masochist would read a book written before GWB was elected that is making the case for why he shouldn't get elected. Definitely reminds me how perverse and inexplicable politics is - e.
Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush
This catalog of Bush's flaws is amusing at times, but also demonstrate Not sure what kind of masochist would read a book written before GWB was elected that is making the case for why he shouldn't get elected. This catalog of Bush's flaws is amusing at times, but also demonstrates that the outcomes from his presidency are very much predictable from traits that were obvious years ago.
Oct 24, Mike Jensen rated it really liked it. It is genuinely scary that this nincompoop was given the keys to the White House, and even scarier that his failings as revealed in this book were not better known and not considered sufficient reason to vote for anyone else. Sep 12, Rick rated it really liked it. She wrote this shortly before Bush's selection in Apparently, not enough people read this book. My copy has an additional chapter added right after the selection process was over, and it gives me a chill to read it today. In it, Molly basically tells us not to worry; after all, she asks - - how bad can he be?
There's an even later edition with an additional chapter covering his first two years in office, but it all comes down to the same thing: Sep 05, Yvette rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This tool is President Aug 08, just sarah rated it liked it. Jul 10, Lauren Donoho rated it really liked it Shelves: Inexplicably, I had never heard of this book until I discovered it in the discount bin at the used book store.
Being a huge fan of Molly Ivins, I gladly handed over my last crumpled dollar bill. You'd think Shrub would be outdated now, five years after the end of the Bush presidency, since it was written in the run-up to his election in Political tell-alls are rarely relevant a decade-plus after their publication. Ivins, however, packed this one full of Texan political history and context i Inexplicably, I had never heard of this book until I discovered it in the discount bin at the used book store. Ivins, however, packed this one full of Texan political history and context in such a way that it has aged very well.
I actually got quite a bit out of it. Weirdly, it made me less upset about Citizens United; Ivins makes it really obvious that functionally unlimited corporate money in elections pre-dated the decision.
Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush
Second, if you are interested in Texas, you should read this book for Ivins' take on the structure of state politics. Her analysis of the state political parties who their major donors tend to be, some of the more arcane rules in their respective primaries and conventions, their various organizational failings and successes is quiet enlightening about the way local politics works. Third and finally, you should read this book for the information it gives you about Texas political figures who, unlike Shrub, are still relevant: Given Perry's announcement this week that he won't seek re-election as Governor and the existence of his presidential exploratory committee , Ivins' anecdotes about "Mr.
Good-hair," as she refers to him, are more relevant even than when she wrote them. Greg Abbott, Perry's presumptive GOP successor to the governor's chair, also features in a few stories about corporate money and corruption in Texas, and not to his credit. Jun 14, deconstructed rated it really liked it Shelves: I can boil this down into two sentences from Shrub. George W Bush is promising to do for the rest of the country what he has done for Texas.
Clearly not enough Americans were reading Ivins at the time. If you were a woman journalist in Texas covering the Bush years, you would have needed a really, really good sense of humor too.
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Ivins has lots of fun picking apart the sleeping defense attorneys, incompetent surgeons, and especially the bat-shit crazy Christian-right that dominate Texas politics. She hits the nail on the head with this one… One of the most consistent reactions in politics is the unholy uproar that follows whenever you try to take away special privileges.
Makes no difference how obvious the unfairness is, those who have been favored over others by the system invariably feel entitled to that favoritism. It is theirs by right, by heritage, tradition, and divine providence, and if you try to take it away, you are in for the fight of your life. The underprivileged in this country can still raise a fair political stink on occasion, but it is nothing compared with the titanic stench that erupts when the overprivileged are invited to a level playing field.
Mar 24, Janis Gilbert rated it liked it. What voters need now is an original, smart, and accessible analysis When it comes to reporting on politics, nobody does it smarter or funnier than bestselling author Molly Ivins. Jul 29, Kristen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Molly Ivins was an amazing journalist, and this book is proof of that. This is an excellent view of Bush Jr. I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking information about real Bush history. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful.
Prior to reading this book, if you held the impression that Dubya was no great thinker or visionary but rather a brand name that could get back the White House the GOP so desperately covets--you'll pat yourself on the back for being so on-target. However, the extent of Dubya's capitulation to big business, the far right Shiite Republican wing and well-funded fat cats appears far worse than you would have ever imagined. Reading this unflattering but mostly even-handed portrait of W. Also alarming is how many far right-wing lunatics manage to steer the agenda of this so-called "compassionate conservatism.
Regardless of the "doomsday" feelings, Ivins truly has a hilarious and wonderful style of relating things--there are plenty of LOL moments. While she appears to despise the hypocrisy and secret agendas of certain GOPers, at the same time there seems to be a halting affection for Bush and his frat boy charm. Plus, she gives him props for his education accomplishments in the state. Disregard the liberal propaganda excuses offered among other reviews here; it's a well-documented account factually.
And a fun, quick read. There is no other writer that has such a witty presentation on such a difficult subject. She saw George W. Bush and his impact on Texas and with her wonderful sense of humor told the American citizens what to expect with regard to education, guns, laws and leadership.
As I read I was amazed at the warnings we had, but we "elected" him anyway. Molly said what so many think, but are afraid to say outloud. This book is not heavy or difficult, but explains what GWB did and would do while injecting lots of humor to keep us from crying.
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Conservative reviewers seem to feel that because Molly stands to their left, she must be slinging mud. Don't let them fool you. Shrub is factual and meticulously researched. It details Dubya's military stint, his years in corporate-oil culture, his Rangers years, his policies and accomplishments as governor of Texas.
If it seems like Dubya hasn't done much, well, that's not exactly Molly's fault. If it seems like he's a bit weak on environmental issues and a bit light on foreign policy, well, can't blame that on Molly either. If it seems like he's in the pocket of the extreme xtian right I recommend this book to anyone who wants a hint of what the next four years will hold for the United States. Bush, one of my least favorite politicians, I was quite happy.
I was truly looking forward to her devastating Bush with her vicious political wit. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.
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The book's revelations on Bush are as harsh as I had hoped, but it lacks the wonderful wit Ivins' showed in her earlier books. In short, if you want a good book that exposes GW, read this book. But don't read it if you want vintage Molly Ivins. If you are truly interested in the bare bones facts of who you are being seduced into voting for, this is the book for you.
Molly Ivins is one of the most honest and unbiased reporters on the scene today. If you haven't heard of her, it's because she has a nasty propensity for telling the truth Before you vote, whatever your politcal persuasion, read this book. Find out who the man is you're voting for, and who bought and paid for him. As someone who cares about the environment, I would never vote for a republican. But if we have to have one for president, why this guy? I read both this book and "Is Our Children Learning" and they share the same problem: I think both of these books should now be required reading for all Americans, so we can have a little better insight into the new leader of the free world.
I ask myself everyday, what does Bush's victory over first John McCain a real American hero with real Washington experience and then Gore say about American's priorities? Audio Cassette Verified Purchase. Don't be fooled by the whimsical name of Molly Ivan's book. Written during the presidential campaign, finished before George W. Bush was "elected," Shrub provides some fascinating information about our current President's political and business track record. Ivan's is clearly not a George W fan, but she is fair in her presentation of his record, including giving credit where credit is due.
In this age of hypnotic sound bites that unfortunately determine so many votes, I think it is important that more of us read this book, and other books like it. If we don't do what it takes to be informed, then we cannot expect to be fairly represented in government.