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Author: Lou Dubose,Molly Ivins
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Title: Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush
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Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (February 15, 2000)
Pages: 179

Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush by Lou Dubose,Molly Ivins



Personal Name: Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-. Geographic Name: Texas Politics and government 1951-. Personal Name: Dubose, Lou. Rubrics: Governors Texas Biography Presidential candidates United States Children of presidents Large type books. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book Shrub : the short but happy political life of George W. Bush, Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose.

A candidate of vague speeches and an ambiguous platform, Bush leads the pack of GOP 2000 presidential hopefuls; "Dubya" could very well be our next president. Don't be fooled by the whimsical name of Molly Ivan's book. Written during the 2000 presidential campaign, finished before George W. Bush was "elected," Shrub provides some fascinating information about our current President's political and business track record.

Political columnist Molly Ivins is well-known as a "liberal gadfly" in Texas, and so it's hardly surprising that her political biography of George W. Bush paints an unrelentingly unflattering picture of Dubya. However, in critiquing the accomplishments (or lack of same) of George the Younger, Ivins writes with grace and wit, and without undue rancor toward her political opponent. She lets the facts speak for themselves. The result is a highly readable, entertaining, and yet clearly disturbing book.

Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America with Lou Dubose (Random House, 2003). Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron by Robert Bryce, foreword by Molly Ivins (PublicAffairs, 2002). Sugar's Life in the Hood: The Story of a Former Welfare Mother by Sugar Turner and Tracy Bachrach Ehlers, foreword by Molly Ivins (University of Texas Press, 2002). The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President (2001) with Vincent Bugliosi (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2001). Ivins, Molly; Dubose, Lou (2000). Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush. New York: Random House.

Youthful political reporters are always told there are three ways to judge a politician," write Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose in Shrub. The first is to look at the record. The second is to look at the record. And third, look at the record. The record under scrutiny in this brief, informative book belongs to one George W. Bush-dubbed "Shrub" by Ivins-governor of Texas and 2000 presidential hopeful.

Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose. Molly Tyler Ivins was a no-bullshit Texan who took George W. Bush to task over and over for his lies, dissembling and spin. She held a spotlight to his record. Online bookstores carrying Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W.

By Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose. 179 pp. 'If you think his daddy had trouble with 'the vision thing,' wait till you meet this one,'' they allow in one of the book's better lines. The book mostly covers Bush's record as governor, which the authors reminds us is a problematic yardstick in itself because Texas governors have a bully pulpit but not much more. Even so, they find his record less than inspiring, concluding that Bush's ''compassionate conservative'' line gets it exactly half right.

Movies TV Shows Music Books Games DVDs/Blu-Ray People Art & Design Places Web TV & Podcasts Toys & Collectibles Comic Book Series Beauty Animals View more categories . Explore. Written by. Molly Ivins. Manufacturer: Vintage Release date: 10 October 2000 ISBN-10 : 0375757147 ISBN-13: 9780375757143.

Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Molly Ivins Lou Dubose. Published October 10th 2000 by Vintage (first published February 15th 2000).

FOR THE BRIEFEST OF MOMENTS in Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush (Random House), the authors allow that political expediency is not George W. Bush’s sole call to arms. Witness his aggressive pursuit of a school funding initiative. A f’rinstance: The Candidate says the air in Texas is cleaner since he took office.

When it comes to reporting on politics, nobody does it smarter or funnier than bestselling author Molly Ivins. In Shrub, Ivins focuses her Texas-size smarts on the biggest politician in her home state: George Walker Bush, or "Shrub," as Ivins has nicknamed Bush the Younger.         A candidate of vague speeches and an ambiguous platform, Bush leads the pack of GOP 2000 presidential hopefuls; "Dubya" could very well be our next president. What voters need now is an original, smart, and accessible analysis of Bush--one that leaves the "youthful indiscretions" to the tabloids and gets to the heart of his policies and motivations. Ivins is the perfect woman for the job.         With her trademark wit and down-home wisdom, Molly Ivins shares three pieces of advice on judging a politician: "The first is to look at the record. The second is to look at the record. And third, look at the record." In this book, Ivins takes a good, hard look at the record of the man who could be the leader of the free world. Beginning with his post-college military career, Ivins tracks Dubya's winding, sometimes unlikely path from a failed congressional bid to a two-term governorship. Bush has made plenty of friends and supporters along the way, including Texas oil barons, evangelist Billy Graham, and co-investors in the Texas Rangers baseball team. "You would have to work at it to dislike the man," she writes. But for all of Bush's likeability, Ivins points to a disconcerting lack of political passion from this ascending presidential candidate. In her words, "If you think his daddy had trouble with 'the vision thing,' wait till you meet this one."         Witty, trenchant, and on target, Ivins gives a singularly perceptive and entertaining analysis of George W. Bush. To head to the voting booth without it would be downright un-American.From Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush"        The past is prologue in politics. If a politician is left, right, weak, strong, given to the waffle or the flip-flop, or, as sometimes happens, an able soul who performs well under pressure, all that will be in the record." ¸         Bush's welfare record: "Texas pols like to 'git tuff' on crime, welfare, commies, and other bad stuff. Bush proposed to git tuff on welfare recipients by ending the allowance for each additional child--which in Texas is $38 a month." ¸         Bush and the Christian right: "Bush has learned to dance with the Christian right. It has been interesting and amusing to watch the process. Interesting because it's sometimes hard to tell who's leading and who's following; amusing because when a scion of Old Yankee money gets together with a televangelist with too much Elvis, the result is swell entertainment." ¸         Bush's environmental record: Since Governor Bush's election, Texas air quality has been rated the worst in the nation, leading all fifty states in overall toxic releases, recognized carcinogens in the air, cancer risk, and ten other categories of pollutants. ¸         Bush's military career: "Bush was promoted as the Texas Air National Guard's anti-drug poster boy, one of life's little ironies given the difficulty he has had answering cocaine questions all these years later. 'George Walker Bush is one member of the younger generation who doesn't get his kicks from pot or hashish or speed,' reads a Guard press release of 1970. 'Oh, he gets high, all right, but not from narcotics.'"
Reviews: 7
Morlunn
This is an excellent view of Bush Jr.s background, his ways and means, how he operated and whose influence he followed...written by an excellent Texas author who was Keeping up with what transpired as it happened. I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking information about real Bush history.
IGOT
Prior to reading this book, if you held the impression that Dubya was no great thinker or visionary but rather a brand name that could get back the White House the GOP so desperately covets--you'll pat yourself on the back for being so on-target.
However, the extent of Dubya's capitulation to big business, the far right Shiite Republican wing and well-funded fat cats appears far worse than you would have ever imagined. Reading this unflattering but mostly even-handed portrait of W. will leave you feeling considerably more worried about the idea of a Bush presidency. Also alarming is how many far right-wing lunatics manage to steer the agenda of this so-called "compassionate conservatism." In fact, it is this faction that keeps reappearing throughout the book and one ends up knowing more of them than of Dubya, apparently because, well--with Dubya there's just not a lot there to know.
Regardless of the "doomsday" feelings, Ivins truly has a hilarious and wonderful style of relating things--there are plenty of LOL moments. While she appears to despise the hypocrisy and secret agendas of certain GOPers, at the same time there seems to be a halting affection for Bush and his frat boy charm. Plus, she gives him props for his education accomplishments in the state.
Disregard the liberal propaganda excuses offered among other reviews here; it's a well-documented account factually.
And a fun, quick read.
Timberahue
There is no other writer that has such a witty presentation on such a difficult subject. She saw George W. Bush and his impact on Texas and with her wonderful sense of humor told the American citizens what to expect with regard to education, guns, laws and leadership. As I read I was amazed at the warnings we had, but we "elected" him anyway. Molly said what so many think, but are afraid to say outloud. This book is not heavy or difficult, but explains what GWB did and would do while injecting lots of humor to keep us from crying.
sobolica
Conservative reviewers seem to feel that because Molly stands to their left, she must be slinging mud. Don't let them fool you. Shrub is factual and meticulously researched. It details Dubya's military stint, his years in corporate-oil culture, his Rangers years, his policies and accomplishments as governor of Texas. If it seems like Dubya hasn't done much, well, that's not exactly Molly's fault. If it seems like he's a bit weak on environmental issues and a bit light on foreign policy, well, can't blame that on Molly either. If it seems like he's in the pocket of the extreme xtian right... well, you get the picture.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants a hint of what the next four years will hold for the United States.
Saithinin
When I saw Molly Ivins, one of my favorite political writers, had written a book about George W. Bush, one of my least favorite politicians, I was quite happy. I was truly looking forward to her devastating Bush with her vicious political wit.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The book's revelations on Bush are as harsh as I had hoped, but it lacks the wonderful wit Ivins' showed in her earlier books.
To be honest, I suspect the work was largely Lou Dubose's with Molly Ivins' name attached.
In short, if you want a good book that exposes GW, read this book. But don't read it if you want vintage Molly Ivins.
Reighbyra
If you are truly interested in the bare bones facts of who you are being seduced into voting for, this is the book for you. Molly Ivins is one of the most honest and unbiased reporters on the scene today. If you haven't heard of her, it's because she has a nasty propensity for telling the truth ... and the propogandists who spend fortunes controlling your beliefs can't cope with that. Before you vote, whatever your politcal persuasion, read this book. Find out who the man is you're voting for, and who bought and paid for him.
Fato
As someone who cares about the environment, I would never vote for a republican. But if we have to have one for president, why this guy? I read both this book and "Is Our Children Learning" and they share the same problem: they dilute their journalistic findings with sophomoric humor. I think both of these books should now be required reading for all Americans, so we can have a little better insight into the new leader of the free world. However, I think that if someone could have written in a style that sounded more journalistic and less sarcastic, these discussions of Bush/Shrub/dublya's record might have reached a wider audience and thus had the impact on the electoral process they deserve. I ask myself everyday, what does Bush's victory over first John McCain (a real American hero with real Washington experience) and then Gore say about American's priorities?
Don't be fooled by the whimsical name of Molly Ivan's book. Written during the 2000 presidential campaign, finished before George W. Bush was "elected," Shrub provides some fascinating information about our current President's political and business track record. Ms. Ivan's is clearly not a George W fan, but she is fair in her presentation of his record, including giving credit where credit is due.
In this age of hypnotic sound bites that unfortunately determine so many votes, I think it is important that more of us read this book, and other books like it. If we don't do what it takes to be informed, then we cannot expect to be fairly represented in government.
-Thom Rutledge
author of Embracing Fear (HarperSanFrancisco)