The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule

Version: Unabridged
Author: Thomas Frank
Narrator: Oliver Wyman
Genres: Politics, American Politics
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: August 2008
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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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.

Reviews (1)


Written by Anonymous on June 21st, 2013

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I'm a Democrat, and I've listened to some good books like "Don't Think Like an Elephant", but I was disappointed in this book. It's mostly generalizations about Republicans without a lot of data. What I like to read is fact based information explaining what is going on and why based upon facts that it is right or wrong. For me this book is a lot of what I hear from Republican extremists which is just opinion based upon conjecture not facts.

Author Details

Author Details

Frank, Thomas

Thomas Frank is the author of "What's the Matter with Kansas? "and "One Market Under God," The founding editor of "The Baffler "and a contributing editor at "Harper's," Frank has received a Lannan award and been a guest columnist for "The New York Times," He lives, of course, in Washington, D.C.