Collecting articles Taibbi wrote for the New York Press, the Nation and Rolling Stone while covering the 2004 presidential election, this book is not so much a campaign diary as it is a compelling, and somewhat chaotic, mix of reporting, anecdote, social commentary and rant. After spending time primarily on the Democrat trail, but also working undercover with a few Republicans in Orlando, Taibbi came to the conclusion that people on both sides of the political fence seemed to be motivated "mainly out of hatred and contempt for the guy on the other side, not inspiration or idealism." In his introduction, Taibbi points out his big problem with the 2004 elections: the red vs. blue drama kicked America into such a fervor that the "fraudulent electoral system was reaffirmed." In each piece, Taibbi's rage and humor bleeds through, making this a vivid and very personal critique of both politics and the mainstream journalists who cover it. His unabashedly opinionated reporting-he writes of the antiwar marches in Washington, of following Dennis Kucinich around New Hampshire while high and of meeting John Kerry while wearing a gorilla suit-will either amuse or irritate, depending on one's political persuasion, but it's hard not to be engrossed by the eccentric characters, entertaining scenarios and rich details that drive these stories. Though the newsworthy moment for this book may have passed, Taibbi's observations about the people he meets are acute, and his criticisms of American politics and the press will still feel relevant to many.
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"The funniest angry book and the angriest funny book since Hunter S. Thompson roared into town." —James Wolcott
“Catch one of the funniest and most honest American political journalists argue that the electoral system is seriously, seriously busted.” —Philadelphia City Paper
“Taibbi may be the only political writer in America that matters.” —Hartford Advocate
Absolutely hilarious and insightful, there needs to be more journalism like this.Published 8 months ago by Brian
Matt Tiabbi is hilarious, smart, and I would read anything he writes. I miss him so much in Rolling Stone.Published 12 months ago by hannah
Those who don't remember history are doomed to relive it. Or something like that. If so, reading about the 2004 campaign is probably a good idea. Read morePublished 17 months ago by NyiNya
Read this book. Taibbi captures the absurdity of modern campaign politics and explains why politicians are not answerable to the public. Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by DG
Daringly honest, surprisingly thoughtful, charmingly humorous, Taibbi looks at the confusing world of American political culture from a point of consciousness sadly missing in main... Read morePublished on October 5, 2009 by Martha Bromberg
Matt Taibbi is great at writing as the disgusted Washington outsider, trying to examine how things work there. Read morePublished on May 13, 2009 by R. Smith
Taibbi is a journalist similar to Hunter Thompson, and the 'gonzo' style of reporting. He takes no prisoners in his approach to coverage of the ludicrous process of a presidential... Read morePublished on April 5, 2008 by Patrick A. Villano
This is a great book. A must for anyone interested in the workings of America's elections.Published on September 2, 2007 by Michael La Ronn