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

Powers, John

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ISBN 10: 0385511876 / ISBN 13: 9780385511872
Published by Doubleday, 2004
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Title: Sore Winners (And the Rest of Us) in George ...

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hard

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed By Author

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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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 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 Eye’s Fab Five, and religious fundamentalism is everywhere—from Mel Gibson’s Passion to 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 Winners is one of the smartest, most enjoyable books on American culture in years.


L.A. Weekly editor/columnist John Powers surveys the landscape of George W. Bush's America and finds it littered with frothing liberals, sneering conservatives, sluggish reporters, and mindless commentators. From reality TV to the "embedded media," Powers dissects the post-9/11 milieu with something bordering on glee. Brooks can't help but be repulsed by journalists who are as incompetent and slothful as they are ideologically driven. True, our leaders are failing us at our time of greatest need. But, hey, he gets to write about this stuff! With sharp, snappy, self-confident prose, Powers delights in devastating the likes of Ann Coulter (engaging in debate with the strident right-winger "can only make you dumber"), Bill O’Reilly (pegged as a man who pens "short books with very large print"), and "serial bigot" Michael Savage. Not that the left escapes unscathed. The progressive mag The Nation is "profoundly dreary" and Fox's opposition voice Alan Colmes is dismissed as a "quasiliberal munchkin." Still, it's the incessantly wronged right (despite holding the White House, Congress, Supreme Court) that defines this era of "sore winners"--and for them the sometime NPR commentator reserves his bitterest bon mots. Powers is an adept essayist who, in contrast to, say, David Brooks, is as surefooted writing about culture as he is about politics. His breadth of interests and store of on-target epithets make for provocative reading for those on both sides of the great divide. --Steven Stolder

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