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Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order Hardcover – August 1, 2004
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Miller does a great job of illustrating the distinction between Republican rhetoric about honor, decency and "values" and the reality of 30 years of win-at-all-costs politicking, rife with character assassinations and demagoguery. He also makes a more than convincing case that the media, with its increasingly clear conservative bias, has been complicit in allowing their hypocrisy to succeed for so long. In the most unique part of Miller's assessment, he drives it all home with an analysis of Bill Clinton's record in office and that of his right-wing detractors.
He argues along the way that the right's vilification of Clinton amounted to their projection of their own dark sides onto a politically expedient target. Appropriately, Miller refers to Clinton, the mushy-middle president of reality, and "Clinton," the viciously unethical left-wing radical so often depicted in the media, as two all but completely different entities. Indeed, it is remarkable how many of the false accusations against Clinton have proven to be true of Bush, with no apparent political fallout resulting for the latter; Miller's list is probably incomplete, but it more than makes his point.Read more ›
put down "The Bush Dyslexicon" after I bought it, and
"Cruel and Unusual" is even better. We have been
inundated, for many good reasons, with anti-Bush books
in the last few years, but a few of them, however
well-intentioned and well-researched, are simply too
maddening to read. I bought "The Best Democracy Money
Can Buy" by Greg Palast and even though he is a great
reporter whose work anyone interested in marginalized
news stories should read, his journalistic style and
the litany of past crimes he details made me feel
helpless and angry and made the book difficult to read
in its entirety. "Cruel and Unusual," however
terrifying its conclusions, is, on the other hand,
empowering. As I read it I felt like I was coming
across my own thoughts and feelings articulated more
powerfully than I might have done. I recommend it to
anyone on the left looking for a book about the whole
picture - civil rights issues, the Iraq war,
terrorism, religion, Bush's personality, as well as
the origins and workings of the mechanisms that
undergird the current administration.
All political books preach to the choir, but only a
few move the choir to sing in such a way that draws
others to the song. This is such a book. Don't try to
get your conservative Republican brother-in-law to
read it. Just buy it yourself, read it, and tell your
conservative Republican brother-in-law the things that
the Bush administration is doing to his country while
betraying his trust.
Cheer up. This new book will make you feel positively giddy about trooping to the polls Nov. 3 and voting Democratic.
With hardly a mention of the disheatening John Kerry, media critic Mark Crispin Miller has penned a book that will fire up your enthusiasm for the dreary Dem--or, for that matter, anyone to the left of the ayatollahs or Jerry Falwell.
Yes, the prospect of a second Bush term is that bad, the NYU professor writes.
"Our unprecedented problem is that Bush & Co. is intent not just on fortifying the presidency, as did, say, FDR," Miller writes. "The regime's goal is to abort American democracy and to impose on the United States another kind of government entirely."
To put it another way: For all his considerable faults, at least John Kerry won't ditch the Constitution.
At a recent booksigning, Miller put the election in perspective: "I'll be happy if we come out of this with the right to free speech and free assembly."
You can't say you weren't warned after reading this compelling book by one of our leading intellectuals.
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What an amazing eye-opener!!! Despite a few rather dry and complicated passages and a slightly confusing organization, I rate this as one of the most enlightening books I have... Read morePublished on April 15, 2008 by R. E. Morgan
Mark Crispin Miller's "Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order" provides an indictment of both our current administration and the press assigned to report both the good,... Read morePublished on April 13, 2008 by Winslow Bunny
Cruel and Unusual is an outspoken narrative about the Bush administration and its many abuses of power from 2001 to 2004. Read morePublished on January 9, 2008 by Bryan Carey
Simply a great book. I have read so many books about Bush, the Republicans, and the Iraq War that I am thoroughly disgusted with our current national leadership. Read morePublished on March 12, 2007 by Noel953
This was an excellent read:
Mark Crispin Miller brings to light the Bush Neo-Con's Machiavellian agenda, and how this agenda has become the proverbial ambsace that is... Read more
Miller does it again. Only better. Filled with copious sourcing and research, he presents an irrefutable critique of the current administration. Well, let's be honest. Read morePublished on September 18, 2006 by Jedidiah Carosaari
Skull and Bones Bush and his cronies
take note. We know who are and are
watching. Read more
This book convincingly explains the basis of the current culture/religious war in America. The author's chilling analysis fits the facts, including the far-right's irrational... Read morePublished on February 13, 2006 by K. Hoffman