Wrecking Crew How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, and Beggared the Nation

ISBN-10: 0805090908
ISBN-13: 9780805090901
Edition: N/A
Authors: Thomas C. Frank
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 8/18/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

From the most astute political scoffer since H. L. Mencken, the definitive account of the conservative reign of misrule and corruptionHailed as a "hunk of dynamite" (Salon) and celebrated for its "satiric wit" (The New York Times Book Review) and "delighted outrage" (The New Republic),The Wrecking Crewsupplies the first andlacking future fact-finding commissionsprobably the only full reckoning of what conservatism has wrought.Casting his eyes from the Bush administration's final months of plunder to the earliest days of the Republican revolution, Thomas Frank uncovers the deep logic behind the graft and incompetence of conservatives in power. He shows how leaders dedicated to a doctrine of government by entrepreneurship proceeded to sell off the state, channeling the profits to cronies and loyalists. He surveys the federal agencies doomed to failure by the inept and even hostile staff appointed to run them. He charts the practice of wholesale deregulation and the devastating results now clear for all to see. From political scandal to mortgage meltdown, Frank documents the consequences of enshrining the free market as the logic of the state.As conservatives retreat to lick their wounds and a new administration prepares to undo the years of misgovernment,The Wrecking Crewmakes clear the challenges before the nation. A brilliant and audacious stocktakingnow thoroughly revised and updatedthis is Frank's most revelatory work yet.

Thomas Frank is the author of Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, What's the Matter with Kansas, One Market Under God and others. Frank is a former opinion columnist for The Wall Street Journal and is the founding editor of The Baffler and a monthly columnist for Harper's.

Introduction: Follow This Dime
Insurgents
Golconda on the Potomac
Their Enemy, the State
The World as War and Conspiracy
Marketers of Discontent
From Paranoia to Privatopia, by Way of Pretoria
Saboteurs
"The Best Public Servant Is the Worst One"
Putting the Train in Reverse
City of Bought Men
The Bantustan That Roared
Win-Win Corruption
Conclusion: Reaching for the Pillars
Afterword: G�tterd�mmerung
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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