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Spanking the Donkey Dispatches from the Dumb Season

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ISBN-10: 0307345718

ISBN-13: 9780307345714

Edition: 2006

Authors: Matt Taibbi, David Rees

List price: $13.95
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The 2004 Election Was a Circus, and Matt Taibbi enjoyed a Front-Row Seat. As a correspondent for the "New York Press," "The Nation," and" Rolling Stone," Matt Taibbi scoured the political landscape for hard-hitting news stories. But the closer he got to the politicians, the more pompous and vapid they appeared. How could he write anything meaningful about these puffed-up martinets, much less vote for them? Nevertheless, Taibbi forged on and continued his responsibilities as a serious campaign reporter-- though not without frequent bouts of blind panic, drug use, and donning a gorilla suit. "Spanking the Donkey" indicts the surreal irrelevance of today' s mainstream politics with barbed wit and caustic intelligence. Follow Taibbi as he covers the primary for the 2004 presidential election, joining him for a spot on John Kerry' s campaign plane, face-to-face encounters with John Edwards' s pancake makeup, enough Howard Dean press conferences to memorize the good doctor's stump speech by heart, and-- just to spice things up-- a two-month stint working undercover in a Republican campaign office in Orlando, Florida. Brimming with uncensored opinions and total truth, Taibbi captures the real American political mind; as a patron at Flo' s Bar in Manchester, New Hampshire, eloquently puts it: " They all suck . . . who' s running?" " Gonzo journalist Matt Taibbi will do anything . . . to bring political reporting back to life. "Spanking the Donkey" is all the more necessary in the aftermath of an election that harnessed enough liberal outrage to light the Vegas strip, cost more than a billion dollars, absorbed hundreds ofhours we will never get back, and achieved absolutely nothing." -- "Salon "
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Book details

List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/22/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English