From Publishers Weekly
This second collection of Pollitt's columns in the Nation
offers more lively and penetrating discussion of political, social and cultural trends from one of the country's finest left commentators and feminist stalwarts. Picking up in early 2001 where her previous collection (Subject to Debate
) left off, the 84 taut essays—invariably witty, astute and relentlessly logical—together chart the progress of right-wing policies under the Bush administration before and after the flash point of 9/11, while engaging such urgent and related issues as the attack on abortion rights, the health-care crisis, the rise of the Christian Right, expanding war and militarism, gay marriage and the perpetual "demise" of feminism in the mass media. Selections include perhaps her most infamous essay, "Put Out No Flags" (Oct. 8, 2001)—an account of an argument with her teenage daughter over displaying the U.S. flag at home after 9/11—but there are also dozens of incisive, frequently hilarious gems here. While no conservative interested in public debate should ignore so formidable an opponent, this book will appeal mostly to progressive readers (fans of Barbara Ehrenreich or Molly Ivins are only the most obvious match). (June 13)
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Noting that the editorial staff likes to observe that while George Bush "has been a disaster for the nation" he has been great for the Nation
, columnist Pollitt offers a collection of the many ways the administration has provoked her wry observations. Arranged in chronological order, this collection provides an acerbic look at a wide range of social and political issues from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to Catholic priests sexually abusing children. Pollitt asks why women seeking abortions must be subject to a litany of possible--and unsubstantiated--health risks but are never advised of the greater risks of continuing a pregnancy, as conservatives cover their antiabortion positions under the guise of protecting women's health. She critiques the myriad other ways that women's rights have come under attack, from bogus research on the harmful effects of day care on children to popular books purporting to show that career women are unhappy. Her column cautioning Americans against the impulse to engage in flag-waving jingoism after 9/11 is also included in this thought-provoking collection. Vanessa BushCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved