Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America

Version: Abridged
Author: Molly Ivins , Lou Dubose
Narrator: Molly Ivins
Genres: Politics
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
Published In: August 2004
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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From Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose, authors of Shrub, Bushwhacked is a hilarious, no-holds-barred look at George W. Bush and his administration, and an essential book for understanding the full, destructive impact of his presidency.

For years, bestselling political commentator Molly Ivins has been sounding the alarm about George W. Bush. In Shrub, her 2000 skewering of presidential candidate Bush, the inimitable Ivins, with co-author Lou Dubose, offered a devastating exposé of Dubya’s career and abysmal record as governor of Texas. Now, in their second book on our current White House occupant, Ivins and Dubose take the wire brush to the Bush presidency and show how he has applied the same flawed strategies he used in governing Texas to running the largest superpower in the world.

Bushwhacked brings to light the horrendous legacy of the Bush tax cut, his increasingly appalling environmental record, his administration’s involvement in the Enron scandal, and the real Bush foreign policy—botched nation building in Kabul and Baghdad, alienation of former allies—and, unfortunately, much more. Ivins and Dubose go beyond the too frequently soft media coverage of Bush to show us just how damaging his policies have been to ordinary Americans—“the Doug Jones Average,” rather than the Dow Jones Average. Bushwhacked is filled with sharp observation, humor, and compassion for the people often ignored by the federal government and the Washington press corps.

With the war on terrorism posing unprecedented challenges to our civil liberties, and with the Bush economic policy in shambles, it is high time for a close look at the state of our Union. Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose provide just that in Bushwhacked—an incisive, entertaining, and damning indictment of the Bush presidency.

We've been Bushwhacked
Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose on:

Dubya’s involvement in the failure of Harken Energy Corporation:
“There are countless subjects on which George W. Bush might have pleaded ignorance in 1990, but a failing oil business was not one of them.”

Dubya’s accomplishments as governor of Texas:
“As full-time residents of the state that gave you tort reform, H. Ross Perot, and penis-enlargement options on executive health plans, we’re obliged to warn you that if Dubya Bush really had exported ‘the Texas Miracle,’ the country would be in deep shit.”

Dubya’s environmental record:
“Bush has a chemical-dependency problem, but it’s not cocaine. It’s Monsanto, Dow, and Union Carbide. They wrote the checks that put him in the Texas governor’s mansion....Bush had two voluntary emissions-control programs here in Texas. One involved polluting industries. The other was directed at adolescent males, who were encouraged to ‘try abstinence.’ Only 3 of our 8,645 most obnoxiously polluting refineries actually volunteered to cut back on their toxic emissions. Numbers on teenage boys are not yet in.”

Why the Republican Party is the party of unregulated meat and poultry:
“The Republicans win elections in the ‘red states’ in the center of the country, where cattle and chickens are produced and slaughtered. Democrats win their elections in the ‘blue states’ on the coasts. Republicans use the USDA to pay off their contributors in the red states. The result of that crude electoral calculus is laissez-faire food-safety policy whenever a Republican is in the White House. (If you must eat while the Republicans control the White House, both houses of Congress, and the judiciary, you might want to consider becoming a vegetarian about now.)”

Reviews (13)


Written by d. rahl from Colorado Springs, CO on December 14th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This should be required reading in all high schools. It's unfortunate it wasn't required before. How sad Molly Ivans is no longer with us.


Written by Mary on August 20th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I wish more people had listened to Shrub before the 2000 election. The saga continues in Bushwhacked. Having read other books on the Bush Admin, Iraq, and the CIA's role, they back up what Molly Ivins says in her books. For instance, The Price of Loyalty, the Education of Paul O'Neill, presents the viewpoint of an administration insider on Bush's dismal environmental record, the influence of companies such as Enron and oil lobbyists during Cheney's secret meetings on energy policy, and Bush's disastrous economic policy.

Many inaccuracies

Written by Anonymous on May 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I am sorry to write this posthumously... However, Ms. Ivins' all out hatred for the Bushes and basically anything conservative comes to a head in this book and sadly so. There were Democrat led investigations to disprove a Bush - Ken Lay inappropriate relationship and these in addition to 90% of Ivins' unfair and ridiculous accusations are baseless and in my opinion libelous!!!

Sad, but true

Written by Julie Ames on October 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Excellent research and information. Unfortunately all too true. I loved the details. The world lost a good one when it lost Molly Ivins.

Too Bad She's Gone

Written by Michael Herb on April 27th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Molly Ivins professional approach and her commitment to journalistic standards blows the smoke and shatters the mirrors that obfuscate public perceptions of the Bush presidency. I found this book to be highly informative and entertaining. She does the American people a great service by uncovering the destructive side of the Bush Administrations policies.


Written by Anonymous on April 27th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book is so clever and poignant. It's like listening to a witty talk show host about an important topic.


Written by Tom D. on February 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Overwhelming with facts. Listening to it a second time. Easily this could have been written over two books.In an environment where there are no "real" facts coming out in the news media..it is hard to be critical for too many facts being thrown at you...where is the news media on these facts, where are the Democrats..we might as well call him "KING GEORGE"!


Written by Anonymous on October 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An excellent review of Bush's term in office. All the facts without the spins, lies, or photo ops so typical of this presidency. Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose tell it like it is.

Just So-So. Get Lies and the Lying Liars Instead

Written by Kitleigh Clark on July 4th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I'd give this book a just so-so rating. Ivins does good on the facts of the Bush debackle, but her reading is not at all engaging. "Lies and the Lying Liars who tell them" was a much more enjoyable and inspiring listen.

Thousand Points of Light and One Dim Bulb

Written by Gem Spector on July 4th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Ivins is meticulous in detailing the shortcomings of the W presidency, and she does it with wit and humor. Bush's adherence to evangelical protestant Christian political stands maintains his core constituency, but at what cost? The role of right-wing Christianity in justifying Middle-east foreign policy and the war in Iraq is well established, but it leaks into other foreign problems too. Ivins tells how during the crisis in Korea, Bush managed to alienate not only North Korea, but the South as well, "There's a feat," when Bush came out against the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Sunshine Initiative of cooperation between the two Koreas. This is when "the word incoherent began to be replaced by the word silly to describe our foreign policy." In other dubious foreign policy achievements, the Bush administration has failed to come out against both forced child marriage as well as female genital mutilation. Now, Oh Boy! he's going to start naming Supreme Court Justices too!

Author Details

Author Details

Ivins, Molly

"Political Columnist

Molly Ivins, best-selling author and widely syndicated political columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, says politics, particularly in Texas, is great entertainment -- ""better than the zoo, better than the circus, rougher than football, and even more aesthetically satisfying than baseball.""

One of the nation's wittiest and best-known political pundits, Mary Tyler Ivins, better known as Molly, was born August 30, 1944 in Monterey, Calif., but grew up in Houston.

Ivins, the author of the best-selling book, Molly Ivins Can't Say That Can She?, is the former co-editor of the liberal monthly Texas Observer and former Rocky Mountain bureau chief for the New York Times. She has also worked for the Houston Chronicle, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and the Dallas Times Herald.

Ivins' freelance work has appeared in Esquire, Atlantic, The Nation, Harper's, the Progressive, Mother Jones, TV Guide and numerous other publications. She is a frequent guest on network radio and television shows.

Ivins has a B.A. from Smith College, a master's in journalism from Columbia University and studied for a year at the Institute of Political Science in Paris.

She served for three years on the board of the National News Council, is active in the Amnesty International's Journalism Network and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. She writes about press issues for the American Civil Liberties Union and several journalism reviews.

She has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist three times, and has won numerous journalism awards, including a 1991 Headliner's Award for best Texas column. She was named Outstanding Alumna by Columbia University's School of Journalism in 1976, and was a member of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize jury.

She speaks both French and Spanish and has a love of the outdoors.

Her column appears in 113 newspaper besides the Star-Telegram. "

Dubose, Lou

Dubose has been active in Texas journalism for 17 years, as both a newspaper reporter and a freelancer. He has a master's degree in Latin American studies.