- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat; F First Edition edition (October 10, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802170412
- ISBN-13: 978-0802170415
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Until a few years ago, I had assumed that the people who were in charge must be reasonably smart. At the very least, they were educated. They might lack ethics and morals, but they must have done something to deserve the respected positions they're in.
Members of Congress are exposed as not even being able to write a simple letter without irrational capitalizing and nonsensical sentences. It clears up the question of "What the hell is going on?" that people have been asking themselves when they weren't so completely busy struggling to survive that they had a minute to think.
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This is a very good book but it is depressing as hell. I enjoy reading this book in short bursts because it is honest and factual. I can only stand reading Smells Like Dead Elephants: Dispatches from a Rotting Empire in short bursts because, I do love the United States of America even with all its many flaws. I just get depressed when I look closely at the behavior of all the people we send to Washington DC. That government is filled with so many degenerates just hurts my heart no end,