In BROKEN GOVERNMENT John Dean examines one of the most critical questions facing Americans today: How can our democracy function when the key institutions of government no longer operate as contemplated by the Constitution because of politics? This concluding volume of a trilogy that began with the national bestsellers Worse Than Watergate and Conservatives Without Conscience is a revelatory investigation of the effects of three decades of Republican rule–three decades in which honored political processes established by the rules, traditions, laws, and constitutional mandates of the federal system have been broken or simply ignored.
Dean carefully traces the development of fundamental failures of the political system, from Nixon's imperial presidency through Reagan's popular disparagement of government to the doctrines that have reached their fullest expression in the administration of George W. Bush, a presidency that growing numbers of scholars have already begun to assess as one of the worst in the nation's history. The reasons for that harsh judgment, and for the shameful state of our civic order, are methodically analyzed in this audiobook: secrecy where there should be transparency, corruption where there should be accountability, self-interest where there should be public advocacy. All these symptoms can be traced, Dean believes, to a breakdown in the processes of government.
A broken government is not one beyond repair, and former White House counsel Dean concludes this illuminating audiobook on an optimistic note providing a foundation for a responsible future.
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"John Dean knows something about broken government, having served as White House legal counsel during the Nixon administration. His latest book is a scathing dismemberment of the political party he once supported. Paul Michael delivers the bad news with the objective tone of a news anchor, which makes the book's message all the scarier. Dean's attack on the Republicans is the third part of a trilogy on the subject. This part focuses on the beleaguered George W. Bush administration and its legacy. Frightening stories of payoffs, power-grabbing, and ruthless behavior have a ring of truth. Frankly, it might be better if Michael's delivery were less believable. The subject matter is dense, and Dean makes it even more difficult with frequent footnotes, which are distracting on audio. M.S. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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