The Great Derangement

The Great Derangement

A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire

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Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi set out for Washington in 2005 to find out how laws are made in twenty-first-century America, but soon realized there are two sides to this story: on one side, the Pit, a frivolous and isolated Congress where the laws are made; on the other, the howling madness of the rest of America, where the effects of our politics-of-the-absurd play out in real lives. To get at this wider story, he embeds himself with other key American institutions: the military, for a darkly humorous tour of duty in Baghdad; the left-wing resistance, where he joins (and antagonizes) the comically inept 9/11 truth movement; and finally, the Church, where he immerses himself with the true believers of an apocalyptic mega-church in Texas. He weaves these disparate strands into a lacerating and painfully comic portrait of a country losing its grip, from the core of its law-making machine to the wilds of Texas and the bomb-scarred streets of Baghdad. Perfect for an election year, and bound to provoke controversy, this is a scathingly funny, audaciously reported, and genuinely illuminating narrative of what America has become at the end of the Bush Era, from a major new voice in political journalism.
Published: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385520348
0385520344
Branch Call Number: 973.93 TAI
Characteristics: 269 p. ;,25 cm.

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Persnickety77
Nov 29, 2014

provides an excellent skewering of our political system as it currently is, namely: ridiculous, insulting, and beyond messed up.

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StarGladiator
Nov 22, 2013

".. He pillories born-again Christians and the 9/11 conspiracy theorists..." The problem with Taibbi is his preppie, "status quo joe" background, which somehow takes him into a cognitive dissonance state of mind, instead of logically asking the next question: what were the backgrounds of many of the passengers aboard the four airliners that day? (Important because they were doomed to die.) What department or departments were the victims of the Pentagon crash affiliated with? (Important because they were doomed to die.) What corporate computer/communications systems were destroyed when the two planes flew into the towers, and what connection could that have had to the Pentagon deaths? Always, always ask the next question.

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