The Wrecking Crew

How Conservatives Rule

Frank Thomas; Read by Oliver Wyman

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

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Thomas Frank's book The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, and Beggared the Nation. The Wrecking Crew supplies the first and—lacking future fact-finding commissions—probably the only full reckoning of what conservatism has wrought. Casting back to the early days of the conservative revolution, Frank describes the rise of a ruling coalition dedicated to dismantling government.

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“The author of the best-selling What’s the Matter with Kansas? Examines the political, social, and economic consequences of several decades of deliberate and lucrative conservative misrule, revealing how Washington has been remade into a world of economic disparity, lobbyists, and incompetence.” -Forecast

 


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Frank Thomas; Read by Oliver Wyman

Thomas Frank, the author of What’s the Matter With Kansas? and One Market Under God, is also the founding editor of The Baffler and a  contributing editor at Harper’s. Recipient of a Lannan nonfiction prize, he has been a guest columnist for The New York Times and frequently writes for Harper’s, The New Republic and The New York Review of Books, among others. He lives, of course, in Washington, D.C.

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The Wrecking Crew
How Conservatives Rule
Frank Thomas; Read by Oliver Wyman

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
August 2008
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427204554
ISBN10: 1427204551
Audio Run Time: 10:00
$19.99

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Trade Paperback
Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
August 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805090901
ISBN10: 0805090908
5 1/4 x 8 inches, 400 pages
$16.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
August 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429929813
ISBN10: 1429929812
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$9.99
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