978-0-385-51187-2 / 9780385511872

Sore Winners: (And the Rest of Us) in George Bush's America


Publisher:Doubleday & Company



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The dollars are green. The terror level is orange. And everybodys seeing red. Welcome to Bush World.

Rich, scary, and insanely polarized, America is living through one of the wildest eras in its history. In this delicious hybrid of pop mythology and political commentary, John Powers offers an irreverent guided tour of what he dubs Bush Worldwith its terror attacks and obsession with Martha Stewart, its preemptive wars and celebrations of shopping. Sore Winners takes a fresh new look at the multiple personas of the Real Slim Shady, George W. Bush, the gloating Social Darwinism of shows like Survivor and The Apprentice, and the right-wing triumph of Fox News and the ranting Id Conservatives. Whether pondering our two greatest white rappers, Eminem and Donald Rumsfeld, or the amazing rise of Gubna Schwarzenegger, the book paints a freewheeling portrait of a society in which racial politics are symbolized by the Colin and Condi Show, gay-marriage opponents battle with Queer Eyes Fab Five, and religious fundamentalism is everywherefrom Mel Gibsons Passion to Americas bogeyman, Osama bin Laden. As he charts the sometimes comic tale of the lefts attempts to escape from Bush WorldMichael Moore and Paul Krugman leading the chargePowers explores the need for liberals to reclaim virtue from sanctimonious conservatives and take back the political agenda.

Witty and wide-ranging rather than narrowly political, Sore Winners is one of the smartest, most enjoyable books on American culture in years.

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