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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (September 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679741836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679741831
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Ivins, past or present columnist for The Nation , Mother Jones , The Progressive , Ms. , and other unabashedly liberal publications, combines political savvy with a wicked sense of humor. Her primary target is Texas politics and "bidness," but she also discusses Ronald Reagan (including her classic look back on the Cowboy Ronnie Show, "Don't Worry, They're Happy"), George Bush (in a section titled, "The Discreet Smarm of the Bushwazee"), journalism ("Coppeeeee!" a eulogy on the Copy Boy), feminism ("The Women Who Run Texas"), and others. Ivins concludes with "How Ann Richards Got To Be Governor of Texas," a breathless whistlestop tour of Texas's 1990 gubernatorial race, a classic paradigm for Texas politics. Highly recommended for academic libraries and political science, women's studies, humor, and journalism collections.
- Keith R.A. De Candido, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

Review

"If there is a shrewder, funnier observer of the American scene writing today that Molly Ivins, I do not know her. This is unconventional wisdom with no inhibitions.  Bless her and don't let her change."- David Broder, Washington Post

"A delight from start to finish... Molly Ivins proves that keen intelligence and a Southern accent are real good buddies... She has wise and often hilarious things to say." -The New York Times Book Review

"Wickedly funny."- Detroit Free Press

"Molly Ivins has birthed a book and it is more fun than riding a mechanical bull and almost as dangerous."- Ann Richards, governor of Texas.

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Truth can hurt but it can also be funny as Hell.
R. S. Kohn
If you are a public figure in Texas and do something stupid or dishonest, Molly Ivens will call you on it - and in a very embarrasing way.
Doug Vaughn
Recommended either as a book on humour, a book on Texas attitudes, or a book on near-current affairs--take your pick.
J. K. Kelley

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Crethar on November 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have been following the commentary of Molly Ivins for several years now, and must say that this book is a must-read for anyone who follows American politics, Texas politics, and the changing social policy environment. Molly doesn't only write thoroughly enjoyable and readable essays, but she also does a consistently thorough job of collecting up data to back her views. This book, and many other writings by Ms. Ivins would also serve political science professors well in bringing a voice and views to discussion that is not only unaffected by the pulls of the corporate press, but unabashedly vocal about corruption and the controls of Big Money on our lives.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By watzizname VINE VOICE on November 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
Molly Ivins has the unusual talent of being informative and hilarious at the same time. She loves to make laughingstocks of politicians who are stupid and/or crooked, and she does a beautiful job of it. This is a book like the TV show *MASH*: it ages well. You can read Molly's columns again every year or two, and enjoy them anew. I especially love the fib Ann Richards told to the judge from East Texas. That was absolutely beautiful. If you don't remember it, read the book again; you will crack up. Molly Ivins is, indeed, a national treasure.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Abruzzese on May 6, 2005
Format: Unknown Binding
I subscribe to The Progressive, so I read Ivins' current work monthly in that publication, as well as any time she appears in the paper. And actually, I have not been a huge fan. I have felt that she mainly repeats the center-left mantras of the day, and works somewhat over-hard to craft and maintain the image of folksy, curmudgeonly, old-guard Southern progressivism. But I found this collection of older columns for $1 in the clearance section of a used book store, and found it to exceed my expectations. These columns, mainly from the 70s and 80s, are rich in the kind of political commentary that is genuinely edifying. For me, they provide a window on a time that I am too young to remember well (or at all), and teach me about the continuity between the political climate of that time and today.

But more than that, Ivins knows Texas politics as intimately as anyone. If you are not from Texas, as I am not, you might think that you are not especially interested in the culture and history of the Texas legislature. Or you might think that one state legislature is pretty much the same as any other. But I think you'll be surprised at the degree to which Ivins' "Texas Leg" columns are both entertaining and insightful. She may beat some jokes into the ground sometimes, but this book belongs in the library of any connoisseur of political commentary.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mary L. Dillard on November 17, 2002
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Molly's book is a breath of fresh air in an often stifling political world. A sentence like
To call Bush shallow is like calling a dwarf short
belongs among the most memorable statements of
recent times. What if she does repeat it a couple of times? A really good idea is worth reiterating.
The only limitation of this book is that it focuses on Texas so much and does not fully represent Molly's trenchant view of the politics of the country as a whole. Her recent columns, printed even in some narrowly conservative local newspapers, remedy that lack.
If we didn't have Molly Ivins, we might be reduced to reading William F. Buckley.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1997
Format: Paperback
How does a liberal political commentator stay alive, much less flourish, in the state of Texas? First, she is a native Texan. Second, she has a rapier wit that slices with such accuracy that her targets are stunned. Third, even if she is talking about you, you are falling down with side-splitting laughter, so it's hard to strike back at Molly Ivins. She is a wonder and a treasure.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1996
Format: Paperback
You don't have to be an obssessive observer of politics to enjoy this book, but if you are, the book rings too true.
If you are but an droll watcher of human foibles, Molly Ivins's humorous take on humanity -- pants up and pants down -- will tickle your fancy and make you jealous that you didn't say that first.
Molly Ivins is someone whom you'd like to invite over on a Saturday morning to share a pot of coffee, a dozen doughnuts, and a wheel-barrow-full of mordent chuckles about the human condition.
She doesn't degrade humanity: she only wishes that we would take some time out to fulfill our potential. And you have to admit: the only people who receive the full sting of her barbs are the one's who've asked for it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Kelley on February 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
This, Ivins' first book, is a collection of her columns. She is one of the better-known writers on Texas politics and has a national following.
Strongest point about the book? As the title implies, she says things that many in her home state of Texas find outrageous. (To the credit of Texans, they seem not to hold it against her too much; in fact, there is something characteristically and enjoyably Texan about her 'let it all hang out' style.) She is dearly fond of her homeland and in fact of most people, which is how she can be critical without carping.
Recommended either as a book on humour, a book on Texas attitudes, or a book on near-current affairs--take your pick. Denied five stars only due to the fact that all the material has appeared elsewhere before and is not original content, but if that's not a negative for you, feel free to see it as five stars.
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