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The best American political writing 2003
Flippin, Royce.
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New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, [2003]

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xx, 401 pages ; 23 cm
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The Best American Political Writing 2003 preserves the most incisive, controversial, and entertaining writing about the notable events and people of 2002. In a year engulfed in political controversy, from President Bush's plans for a preemptive war on Iraq to the Enron and Adelphia scandals, American politics provided no shortage of fodder for debate. Gathering from the nation's leading publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, the New Yorker, the Nation, the Atlantic Monthly, the Weekly Standard, Foreign Affairs, Vanity Fair, and, as well as writing from such think tanks as the Heritage Foundation and the Brookings Institution, Royce Flippin culls the best writing on the year's most talked-about topics. In a year that saw Karl Rove stealthily engineer the decisive drubbing of the Democrats in the 2002 midterm elections, as well as continuing debate over the controversial U.S.A. Patriot Act and the creation of a new Department of Homeland Security, America's finest political reporters -- including Joe Klein, Jeff Greenfield, Robert Kagan, Christopher Hitchens, Paul Krugman, Ron Suskind, Elizabeth Kolbert, Michael Ignatieff, Sir John Keegan, Meryl Gordon, Senator Robert Byrd, and Jeffrey Toobin -- produced some of the most passionate, disparate, and controversial writing in decades.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Absorbing and provocative, Flippin's collection of political writings is as incisive as it is entertaining. The selection of essays is well balanced, presenting the best-written examples from both liberal and conservative perspectives, about both national and domestic policies. Indeed, the book gives an comprehensive vision of almost all the major events of the past year, including the 2002 elections, the 2003 tax cut legislation, the invasion of Iraq and the first weeks of the post-war rebuilding effort. Among the volume's 55 selections are James Carney and John F. Dickerson's analysis of Karl Rove's legendary campaign to create a Republican majority in Congress ("W and the Boy Genius"); Michael Ignatieff's argument that America is in the process of building an international empire ("The Burden"); and James Wolcott's discussion of how the Right dealt with anti-war protesters ("What if They Gave A War And Nobody Cared?"). The inclusion of speeches by Senator Robert Byrd and President George W. Bush round out the book's perspective. Hints of the what the future elections hold appear in Lawrence Kudlow's claim that "victory [on tax cuts] is vital to the president's political credibility and his reelection" and in Michelle Cottle's contention that "Democrats are forced to go begging to [Al] Sharpton" for the black vote because they've neglected the African-American community since President Clinton left office. An intelligent and enjoyable compilation, Flippin's anthology is an excellent resource for both teachers and general readers. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

This fine collection presents articles culled from a variety of sources, including magazines (both online and print), newspapers, journals, and books. Flippin (Best American Political Writing 2002) has selected works that reflect liberal (e.g., Mark Green, Michael Moore, Ralph Nader, and Anna Quindlen), conservative (e.g., Pat Buchanan, William Kristol, John McWhorter, and William Raspberry), and moderate (e.g., E.J. Dionne, James Fallows, and Fareed Zakaria) political views. Helpful editor's notes precede each article and provide a context for what follows. The book is divided into five sections, each dealing with a broad topic, such as the politics of the Bush era, marching to war, and America and the world. While not necessarily the "best" political writing-always a rather pretentious assertion-these are clearly among the better, more thought-provoking, absorbing, and discussion-inducing articles that this reviewer has come across this year. Recommended for public libraries, especially those that do not subscribe to periodicals of diverse political perspectives.-Thomas J. Baldino, Wilkes Univ., Wilkes-Barre, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Royce FlippinJames Carney and John DickersonRon SuskindRichard BrookhiserJonathan ChaitRobert KuttnerElisabeth BumillerEleanor CliftDavid FrancisRyan LizzaLawrence KudlowJohn CassidyBob HerbertKaren TumultyJack BeattyMark GreenPaul KrugmanStephanie MencimerRalph NaderMatt TaibbiSimon LazarusMichael MooreWilliam RaspberryBenjamin ForestJohn McWhorterGregory RodriguezKenneth PollackBob WoodwardLewis LaphamJames WolcottChristopher HitchensAnna QuindlenJohn LeoMichael KinsleyMichael WolffWilliam KristolMichael IgnatieffAnthony LewisJames FallowsLawrence KaplanRobert KaplanThomas FriedmanFareed ZakariaNicholas KristofNaomi KleinPatrick BuchananMaureen DowdRichard CohenE. J. Dionne Jr.Jeffrey ToobinRobert DraperMeryl GordonJoe KleinMichelle Cottle
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Part 1 Politics in the Bush Era (continued)
W. and the "Boy Genius" from Timep. 2
Why Are These Men Laughing? from Esquirep. 10
The Mind of George W. Bush: from The Atlantic Monthlyp. 30
Special K: from The New Republicp. 52
The Ideological Impostor: from The American Prospectp. 60
With Signals and Maneuvers, Bush Orchestrates an Ouster: from The New York Timesp. 66
National Conversation: Debt and Taxes
What Is He Thinking? from Newsweekp. 72
Partisan Lines Harden in Debate Over Tax Cuts: from The Christian Science Monitorp. 75
Wealthy Choice: from The New Republicp. 78
From Baghdad to Iwo Jima: from National Review Onlinep. 82
Bushonomics: from The New Yorkerp. 84
The Faces of Budget Cuts: from The New York Timesp. 87
Part 2 The State of the Union
Govs Under the Gun: from Timep. 92
The Enron Ponzi Scheme: from Atlantic Unboundp. 95
The Evil of Access: from The Nationp. 99
For Richer: from The New York Timesp. 107
Children Left Behind: from The American Prospectp. 125
The Media: An Ongoing Non-Debate: from Crashing the Partyp. 131
Cleaning the Pool: from New York Pressp. 142
The Most Dangerous Branch? from The Atlantic Monthlyp. 145
One Big Happy Prison: from Stupid White Menp. 152
National Conversation: Affirmative Action
Affirmative Action: Goal vs. Issue: from The Washington Postp. 164
A Policy That Depends on Segregation: from The New York Timesp. 166
Don't Do Me Any Favors: from American Enterprise Magazinep. 168
Mongrel America: from The Atlantic Monthlyp. 176
Part 3 Marching to War
Next Stop Baghdad? from Foreign Affairsp. 182
Bush at War: from Bush at Warp. 193
A Decade of Deception and Defiance: President George W. Bush's Address to the United Nations General Assembly, September 12, 2002p. 205
Cause for Dissent: from Harper's Magazinep. 212
What if They Gave a War and Nobody Cared? from Vanity Fairp. 221
National Conversation: The Iraq Conflict
We Stand Passively Mute: U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, on the Floor of the United States Senate, February 12, 2003p. 232
War and Consequences: from Slate.comp. 236
The Sounds of Silence: from Newsweekp. 238
Befuddled in Baghdad: from U.S. News & World Reportp. 241
The Power of One: from Timep. 243
Bush Family Values: from New York magazinep. 246
The End of the Beginning: from The Weekly Standardp. 250
Part 4 America and the World
The Burden: from The New York Times Magazinep. 254
Bush and Iraq: from The New York Review of Booksp. 269
The Unilateralist: from The Atlantic Monthlyp. 278
White Lie: from The New Republicp. 285
A Post-Saddam Scenario: from The Atlantic Monthlyp. 290
National Conversation: Winning the Peace
Our New Baby: from The New York Timesp. 298
Giving Peace a Real Chance: from Newsweekp. 300
Missing in Action: Truth: from The New York Timesp. 302
Privatization in Disguise: from The Nationp. 304
What Was Newt Thinking? from WorldNetDaily.comp. 307
He's Out With the In Crowd: from The New York Timesp. 309
Return of Bin Laden: from The Washington Postp. 312
Part 5 The Democratic Contenders for 2004
... and Sets the Tone: from The Washington Postp. 316
Candide: from The New Yorkerp. 318
Is John Edwards the Next Bubba? from GQp. 332
The Unlikely Rise of Howard Dean: from New York magazinep. 345
The Long War of John Kerry: from The New Yorkerp. 357
How the Dems Created Al Sharpton: from The New Republicp. 382
Contributorsp. 391
Permissionsp. 397