In his previous book, Thomas Frank explained why working America votes for politicians who reserve their favors for the rich. Now, in Wrecking Crew, Frank examines the Washington those politicians have given us, showing why, no matter what happens in November 2008, we're stuck with it for the foreseeable future. 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. And though arch-lobbyist Jack Abramoff has crashed and burned, the government-by-entrepreneurship he pioneered so outrageously has become the law of the land. 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 Frank's audacity, analytic brilliance, and wit, Wrecking Crewis his most revelatory work yet-and his most important.
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"Thomas Frank puts solid research behind his book on corruption, cronyism, and manipulation under Republican administrations. He's glibly partisan, making clear his admiration for liberal ideals and even calling conservatives "wing nuts," but he criticizes the Clinton administration for not living up to his ideals. Narrator Oliver Wyman hits the right tone, blending mock na•vetŽ and sarcasm with indignation for breezy listening on a heavy topic. Although the writing conveys a mocking attitude throughout, Frank takes a more serious, thoughtful tack in his conclusion, calling for long-term change that could make both parties nervous. With writing aimed at the ear and a strong reading, listening is the way to go for this hot book. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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