The Wrecking Crew

The Wrecking Crew

How Conservatives Rule

Book - 2008
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From the author of the landmark bestseller What's the Matter with Kansas? , a jaw-dropping investigation of the decades of deliberate-and lucrative-conservative misrule In his previous book, Thomas Frank explained why working America votes for politicians who reserve their favors for the rich. Now, in The Wrecking Crew , Frank examines the blundering and corrupt Washington those politicians have given us.Casting back to the early days of the conservative revolution, Frank describes the rise of a ruling coalition dedicated to dismantling government. But rather than cutting down the big government they claim to hate, conservatives have simply sold it off, deregulating some industries, defunding others, but always turning public policy into a private-sector bidding war. Washington itself has been remade into a golden landscape of super-wealthy suburbs and gleaming lobbyist headquarters-thewages of government-by-entrepreneurship practiced so outrageously by figures such as Jack Abramoff.It is no coincidence, Frank argues, that the same politicians who guffaw at the idea of effective government have installed a regime in which incompetence is the rule. Nor will the country easily shake off the consequences of deliberate misgovernment through the usual election remedies. Obsessed with achieving a lasting victory, conservatives have taken pains to enshrine the free market as the permanent creed of state.Stamped with Thomas Frank's audacity, analytic brilliance, and wit, The Wrecking Crew is his most revelatory work yet-and his most important.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805079883
Branch Call Number: 973.92 FRA
Characteristics: x, 369 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: How conservatives rule


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Jul 04, 2011

To get an idea about just how much work there is for the new Obama Administration to confront, this is an excellent read. Frank provides a laundry list of examples of corruption, cronyism and bad governance that has been at the heart of a conservative revolution over the last few decades.

Aug 07, 2010

This diatribe on the modern conservative movement was exactly that--a diatribe. The book is not without interest, but it would have been much more valuable, not to mention enjoyable to read, if the author had taken a more objective tone of voice.

carknerdy Aug 06, 2009

Quite a good book, and relevant if you want to understand the baffling behavior of government parties.

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