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by Oliver Wyman,Thomas Frank

Category: Politics and Government
Subcategory: Political books
Author: Oliver Wyman,Thomas Frank
ISBN: 1427204543
ISBN13: 978-1427204547
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (August 5, 2008)
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The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule. Written by Thomas Frank .

The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule. Narrated by Oliver Wyman. Now, in The 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.

Author and journalist, Thomas Frank, talks about his latest book, THE WRECKING CREW: HOW CONSERVATIVES RULE

Author and journalist, Thomas Frank, talks about his latest book, THE WRECKING CREW: HOW CONSERVATIVES RULE. He currently writes a weekly column for the WALL STREET JOURNAL. pdxjustice Media Productions Producer: William Seaman.

The Wrecking Crew explains how cynical conservatives have wrested control of the government by railing against its . Thomas Frank is back with another hunk of dynamite.

The Wrecking Crew explains how cynical conservatives have wrested control of the government by railing against its very existence, all while using federal perches to funnel billions into the pockets of lobbyists and the corporations they represent. The Wrecking Crew should monopolize political conversation this year.

Now, in The Wrecking Crew, Frank examines the blundering and corrupt Washington those politicians have given us.

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His latest book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule. THOMAS FRANK: It’s very interesting. Conservatives have had a beef with the civil service for a really long time. This is part of their identity. This goes all the way back. Thomas Frank joins us here in our firehouse studio. THOMAS FRANK: Well, how are you guys doing today? AMY GOODMAN: It’s good have you with us. Who are conservatives, and can they be Democrats as well as Republicans and others? THOMAS FRANK: Well, yeah, of course. I was able to find an article published in 1928, and it was written by - or maybe it was an interview with the president of the US Chamber of Commerce.

In The Wrecking Crew, the liberal journalist Thomas Frank tells the story of free-market ideologues who came to. .Frank dates the beginning of the modern lobbying era to 1995 and the arrival of Gingrich Republican idealists.

In The Wrecking Crew, the liberal journalist Thomas Frank tells the story of free-market ideologues who came to Washington to start a revolution and built a lucrative lobbying empire instead.

The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule (August 2008) is a book written by American journalist and historian Thomas Frank, which explores the current state of conservative Washington. Frank summarized the message of his book: "Bad government is the natural product of rule by those who believe government is ba.

In his previous book, Thomas Frank explained why working America votes for politicians who reserve their favors for the rich. Now, inWrecking 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 describesthe 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.

Comments to eBook The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule
Lightwind
I love this book, in that I hate what it has to say about what has happened to
our country, and all under the radar of a citizenry who have been cheated,
lied to, disenfranchised and are being killed by such abusive class warfare.

Franks goes into heavy detail explaining how the top level Conservatives, who
are really Libertarian revolutionaries think, and what they have done to destroy
the America that is the dream of the founding fathers and replace it with a
false puppet government whipping boy while the criminal mafia at the top just
thinks of newer and more evil ways to screw us over and enslave us.

I know Frank from his book "Listen Liberal" but this books is so much more
informative and instructive ... but it is completely devastating, and I am not sure
there are many American who can read this, recognize just how awful things
are, and ever be able to smile again ... that is, unless they are of the psychopathic
oligarchic class. How these people can live with themselves I will never understand.

To really sink in one has to read this book multiple times. It is so well written
and full of information one reading is simply not enough. It's actually extremely
depressing and downheartening when you find out how long and well thought out
this assault on our country by extreme right wingers is and how little regard
they hold this country in. These are very sick and evil people who run this country
and the world, and no one wants to hear that or think about it.
FailCrew
Sobering description of the lengths to which certain conservative politicians have hijacked the Republican Party and co-opted conservative values and philosophy for their own selfish ends, tragically betraying the country, their voters and their espoused morals in the process. Superbly researched and easy to understand.
Todal
This book just validates my way of thinking that the right wing politicians are bent on making government look bad by governing in a sure-to-fail way. The author describes a number of instances on how they go about "de-funding the left". Too many good people fall for this plan and keep electing Republicans to the House and Senate.
showtime
When Ronald Reagan was elected president, I was attending college. I was neither liberal nor conservative, but eager to become a well-informed, critical-thinking U.S. citizen. So, for the next three decades, I spent a great deal of time and energy reading a wide variety histories, social issues, and opinions. Hedrick Smith's tome "The Power Game' was extremely illuminating in this area. Over the following three decades, conservatism was our country's zeitgeist. What I found disturbing was the ever-increasing harshness of Republican assaults on government as an evil entity. President Reagan drove our country's deficit to record-breaking heights with nary a peep from Republicans. Then President Clinton took drastic austerity measure to balance our federal budget while the Republicans hounded and blamed Democrats for the huge deficits they conveniently forgot to mention were caused by Reagan. Then President George W. Bush came into office and drove the deficit waaaaaaay beyond Reagan's shenanigans and, once again, nary a peep from Republicans. Now President Obama is elected and conservatives have found Jesus again about out-of-control spending and, surprise surprise, they're blaming the Democrats again. The pattern to me looked like the Republicans where intentionally trying to destroy any sense of a functional government. But I silently thought that was just plain crazy. Well, along came Mr. Frank's book.

The author not only reaffirms my theory but convincingly lays out how the far-right conservative movement is trying to cripple the government and any forms of liberalism. The hardcover was published in 2008 a short time before the sub-prime mortgage fiasco sent the economy into the crapper. Mr. Frank's book holds up in the wake of President Obama's election and the stalling tactics used by Republicans in such areas as judicial appointments and their assaults to prevent the highly capable Elizabeth Warren in running the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Just compare the continual glowing praise of President Obama from Governor Chris Christie after Hurricane Sandy to the horrible Mike Brown debacle after Hurricane Katrina. The Democrats believe government can be a source of good. The Republicans, to paraphrase Grover Norquist, just want to weaken it enough so they can drag it to the bath tub and drown it. The book shows how Washington has become a huge cash cow for business interests, lobbyists and anyone with strong hard-right views. The author focuses on many of the famous odious zealots such as Tom Delay, Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist as well as some less renowned ogres.

Mr. Frank's book is for citizens who are liberal, independent, or moderate Republicans who believe government's top priority should be all its citizenry and not just big business. The author puts it best: "Fundamentally amoral, capitalism is loyal to no people, no region, no heroes, really, once they have exhausted their usefulness - not even to the nation whose flag the wingers pretend to worship." And THAT'S why we need a functional government; to protect us from a plutocracy and not turn into another Saipan* (*read the book.) If you're of the Rush Limbaugh mindset or drink the FOX News Kool-Aid, don't even bother reading this thing. Our country needs a two-party system where compromise is not viewed as an apostasy. Right now, the Republicans are more focused on their jihad and that's just sad for our nation. The material in the book is historically accurate and the author's assessment is dead on. Heck, even Reagan apostle/columnist George Will is impressed with Mr. Frank's bona fides. The highly readable and informative "The Wrecking Crew", despite being five years old, is still extremely relevant.
Tejora
Great book. I love listening to and reading Thomas Frank.
Whitehammer
Listened to the audible book and wanted a hard copy to keep some information handy. Very well done!
Kikora
Thomas puts it all together
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