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Books on Tap: The Wrecking Crew

February 24, 2011

The Wrecking Crew by Thomas Frank

Review

“A no-holds-barred exegesis on the naked cynicism of conservatism in America.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Written with barbed wit and finely controlled anger, he skewers such juicy targets as libertarian strategist Grover Norquist and Michelle Malkin.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Glorious… Often brilliant… Frank’s gloom is leavened by an eye for the unexpected and the absurd.”—Los Angeles Times

“Well-researched and witty… Provides a powerful liberal antidote to the high-volume rantings of Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter and Fox News.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Frank’s gifts as a social observer are on display… His analysis of why there are so many libertarian think tanks in a country with so few libertarians is dead on. In Thomas Frank, the American left has found its own Juvenal.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Frank offers one damning anecdote after another. The Wrecking Crew explains how cynical conservatives have wrested control of the government by railing against its very existence, all while using federal perches to funnel billions into the pockets of lobbyists and the corporations they represent.”—Time

“Thomas Frank is back with another hunk of dynamite. The Wrecking Crew should monopolize political conversation this year. It’s the first book to effectively tie the ruin and corruption of conservative governance to the conservative “movement building” of the 1970s, and, before that, the business crusade against good government going back at least to the 1890s.”—Salon.com

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