Sore Winners

Sore Winners

(and the Rest of Us) in George Bush's America

Book - 2004
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The dollars are green. The terror level is orange. And everybody's 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 World"--with its terror attacks and obsession with Martha Stewart, its preemptive wars and celebrations of shopping.Sore Winnerstakes a fresh new look at the multiple personas of the Real Slim Shady, George W. Bush, the gloating Social Darwinism of shows likeSurvivorandThe 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 withQueer Eye's Fab Five, and religious fundamentalism is everywhere--from Mel Gibson'sPassionto America's bogeyman, Osama bin Laden. As he charts the sometimes comic tale of the left's attempts to escape from Bush World--Michael Moore and Paul Krugman leading the charge--Powers 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 Winnersis one of the smartest, most enjoyable books on American culture in years.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385511872
Branch Call Number: JK271 .P65 2004
Characteristics: x, 371 p. ; 25 cm


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