From Publishers Weekly
With his trademark mordant wit, journalist Taibbi explores the black comedy of the American polis, where a citizenry shunted out of the political process seeks solace in conspiratorial weirdness and Internet-fueled mysticism. Trained from birth to be excellent consumers, Americans have become experts in mixing and matching news items to fit [their] own self-created identities, according to the author, who embeds himself in these pockets of people as he travels to the Congress press gallery, Iraq, meetings of the 9/11 Truth Movement, and goes undercover at a Christian Retreat. He pillories born-again Christians and the 9/11 conspiracy theorists, concluding that despite their differences: Both groups were and are defined primarily by an unshakeable belief in the inhumanity of their enemies on the other side; the Christians seldom distinguished between Islamic terrorism and, say, Al Gore–style environmentalism, while the Truthers easily believed that reporters for the Washington Post, the president and the frontline operators of NORAD were equally capable of murdering masses of ordinary New York financial sector employees. Thoughtful Democrats, Republicans and independents will find common ground in this book that punctures pretense, hypocrisy and know-nothingness. (May 6)
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THE GREAT DERANGEMENT
"Matt Taibbi is the best American journalism has to offer. As The Great Derangement shows, he has absolutely no fear in confronting the corruption that plagues our government and exploring rising desperation that plagues America. And somehow, he pulls it off while making us simultaneously weep in sorrow and laugh our asses off." –David Sirota, author of Hostile Takeover
“The Great Derangement is a scabrous, hilarious vivisection of our disintegrating nation. An unstinting reporter and sensational writer, Taibbi shines a light on the corruption, absurdities and idiot pieties of modern American politics. Beneath his cynical fury, though, are flashes of surprising compassion for the adrift, credulous souls who are taken in by it all. I loved this book."
–Michelle Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism
“Where other mainstream news sources fail, Matt Taibbi madly embraces his role as an honest political observer/writer/citizen in a democracy. I would also like to take this opportunity to ask for Matt’s hand in marriage”.
“With his trademark mordant wit, Taibbi explores the ‘black comedy’ of the American polis. . .thoughtful Democrats, Republicans, and independents will find common ground in this book that punctures pretense, hypocrisy, and know-nothingness.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“Taibbi is a powerful writer, and his righteous fury with the sickening mechanism of congressional corruption seethes on every page.” –Kirkus Reviews
“It's a fascinating and hilarious study, fueled by Taibbi's own brand of paranoia, reflecting a cruel light on an America gone wild.”–Los Angeles Times
“A vicious, funny, heartbreaking tour of the American scene.” –The New York Observer
“Acidly funny… For readers who have themselves grown desperate, Taibbi’s renegade book is a bracing kind of salvation–the kind that will amuse and enrage at the same time.” –Time Out
“Vibrant, rich and irreverent. It's quotable, pointed, painful, funny and true. Thank God we have Matt Taibbi around.” –Daily Kos