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Author Jim Hightower is not, as the title of his recent book about the George W. Bush administration indicates, a fan of equivocation. "The Bushites are--let me put this politely as I can--NUTS!" he writes, "They're insane. They're zealots totally dedicated to implementing their plutocratic, autocratic, militaristic, and imperialistic vision of America." The chapters in Hightower's book are prefaced by a series of reasons Bush fans may give for supporting the President followed by blistering and often highly entertaining refutations of those reasons. However, Hightower phrases the pro-Bush reasons to sound as boneheaded as possible, thus giving himself an easier time shooting them down. Meanwhile his down-home humor and polemical wackiness can be tiresome, occasionally getting in the way of efforts to clearly make a point. But don't be fooled by the wackiness: Hightower has done his homework and presents disturbing evidence of the dangers of Bush policy, particularly in the areas of food safety, personal privacy, and the environment. Unlike many on the left, he largely avoids the war in Iraq and the reasons given by the Bush administration for fighting it but that focus on domestic life helps Hightower avoid the pitfall of attacking everything Bush has ever done and being left to spend only a limited amount of time on each. Let's Stop Beating Around the Bush was published in July of 2004 just as the presidential election was heating up and it is very much a book of the moment, featuring references to the need to win the election and attempting to give those who oppose Bush some talking points for when they talk to those who support him. Neither those talking points nor this book are likely to change any minds but Jim Hightower's humor and energy provide are welcome in an election season. --John Moe --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Donts just read ittake Hightowers message to heart, take action on it, and take your country back!" -- Michael Moore, author of Stupid White Men --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Bush is a liar. That's all there is to it. He is part of the crony Capitalist society of Washington DC in which ALL POLITICIANS -- both on the Left and the Right -- are nothing... Read morePublished 22 months ago by E. A. Hara
I recommend this book be read by everyone. United States citizens need to know what actually happened during the Bush Administation years. Read morePublished on January 21, 2009 by May Sinclair Mason Clare
Enjoying the lifting of the veil from an extremeley dangerous individual.The material is all in the public domain but this places it between two covers. Read morePublished on February 21, 2006 by H. Crosby
There are no perfect sides to take in politics. We can only fulfill our obligation to this country and our fellow countrymen by being inquisitive, willing to listen, and being able... Read morePublished on May 4, 2005 by Stephen Thoemmes
This book lays out the truth and makes you laugh at the same time. You would only cut this book down if you were a narrow-minded right-wing extremist who gets upset when anyone... Read morePublished on August 18, 2004 by Radical Centrist