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You Got to Dance with Them What Brung You Paperback – February 2, 1999
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The title flushes out the core concern of the collection. One of the oldest sayings in politics, "You got to dance with them what brung you," points to the reality that special-interest money rules today's politics. For Ivins, the centerpiece of corruption is gold, and such inevitable consequences as the tax burden shifting from corporations to individuals; the widening gap between rich and poor. You've Got to Dance with Them What Brung You, inimitably bold and broad, attacks racism, homophobia, terrorism; offers a terse and dismally delightful excoriation of the "ineffable" Newt Gingrich; reports on political farces at both the state and national levels. It's full of incisive gems that offer insight on some of our national extremes (Timothy McVeigh's obsession with the bizarre and racist book, The Turner Diaries, replete with the bomb recipe that blew up the Murrah Federal Building).
Champion of commonsense and compassion; frank and boldly funny, Molly Ivins has been called by the L.A. Times "H.L. Mencken without the cruelty, Will Rogers with an agenda." Those of us who love Molly Ivins read her for her gutsy, lively, liberal values, and those of us who don't ... should. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The far right, filled with paranoia and mistrust, needs to resort to name calling when they deal with this witty, tough, and very well-informed treasure. Why? She's got the goods on them. (She has been a thorn in Bush's side relentlessly cutting through his misdirection to reveal what he does. And, oh, how that annoys those who want to revive the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities -- that wonderful little gang that brought blacklisting and mud-slinging to the halls of congress.)
Ivins is a patriotic writer -- too in love with her country and its Constitution to sit by quietly while it gets dismantled in the name of "security" by those who use fear as their political cover, and too sharp to allow the politics of destruction to go unpunished.
Thanks to Molly Ivins, there is something to love about Texas after all!
The pieces in this book are full of Texas charm, humor, and just plain common sense, but also the facts that so often go unreported in today's news. Her topics are many, but three that come up often in this collection are media ethics (got that? media ethics debated by a journalist!), hypocrisy (Al D'Amato conduct an ethics investigation?), and her favorite, the U.S. campaign financing system (which she refers to as ``legalized bribery'') and its fundamental effects on our society. ``The truth is that there is no political story more important than campaign financing. It's not just the hottest political story---it's the only story. It's the key to the real source of class warfare in this country.'' Not only are these issues and many others addressed intelligently with an eye toward ferreting out the truth, but they are often a laugh riot!
The introduction to the book was written in January, 1998, just after the Lewinsky scandal broke, and all but one of the pieces were originally published from 1993 to 1997. Some of the events Ivans refers to are thus a bit dated today (early 1999), but her writing still packs a wallop.
I gladly recommend reading her thoughts because they are just as applicable today as when she wrote them. Enjoy.
A nice thing about this book is that the columns are divvied up in to topical groupings, which makes it better organized and gives it a better flow. Other than that, it is standard Ivins: bitingly humourous political commentary with a Texan flavour. It says a lot for her that she likes her home state very much, and that it seems to mostly like her. It should: she's a credit to it.
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Reading Molly is always such a delight. Each time I finish one of her books am sad that she is gone.Published on April 20, 2014 by Socalede
I love her barbs at the clowns who make up our state legislatures.
revealing disclosures of the foibles, greed and downright stupidity of the many of the... Read more
The author is smart, insightful and humorous. Sometimes I take politics too seriously. She gave me a different perspective on the subject. Politics can be funny and often is.Published on November 28, 2013 by Roy Fortin
Molly Ivins' political columns are a treasure. But this collection of Clinton-era columns loses something with the years. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Margaret Gentry
Molly Ivins is a wonderful writer, funny and on point. Her assessment of politics was way ahead of her time. Read morePublished on November 17, 2012 by delay
Molly Ivins is simply the finest Bleeding Heart Liberal who ever lived - and the sharpest writer as well. Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by Francie
The book arrived in good time and in a great shape. I bought the book to check out some actual facts that supposedly appeared in it. I found them! Read morePublished on November 1, 2009 by George M. Noark