By Matt Taibbi
A REVELATORY AND DARKLY comedian experience via A country at the VERGE OF A anxious BREAKDOWN—FROM THE HALLS OF CONGRESS TO THE BASES OF BAGHDAD TO THE APOCALYPTIC church buildings OF THE HEARTLAND
Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi got down to describe the character of George Bush’s the United States within the post-9/11 period and ended up vomiting demons in an evangelical church in Texas, driving the streets of Baghdad in an American convoy to nowhere, looking for phantom fighter jets in Congress, and falling into the rabbit gap of the Sept. 11 fact Movement.
Matt stumbled on in his travels around the nation that the resilient blue state/red kingdom narrative of yankee politics had develop into inappropriate. a wide and starting to be bite of the yankee inhabitants was once so became off—or radicalized—by electoral chicanery, a spineless information media, and the more and more blatant lies from our leaders (“they hate us for our freedom”) that they deserted the political mainstream altogether. They joined what he calls the good Derangement.
Taibbi tells the tale of this new American insanity by way of placing himself into 4 defining American subcultures: The Military, the place he unearths himself mired within the gruesome black comedy of the yankee career of Iraq; The System, the place he follows the money-slicked direction of laws in Congress; The Resistance, the place he doubles as leader public antagonist and undercover member of the passionately bonkers Sept. 11 fact flow; and The Church, the place he infiltrates a politically influential apocalyptic mega-ministry in Texas and enters the lives of its determined congregants. jointly those 4 interwoven adventures paint a portrait of a kingdom dangerously out of contact with fact and desperately looking for solutions in the entire flawed places.
Funny, clever, and slightly heartbreaking, The nice Derangement is an audaciously said, sobering, and illuminating portrait of the US on the finish of the Bush era.
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