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Cruel and unusual : Bush/Cheney's new world order
Miller, Mark Crispin.
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First edition.
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New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2004]

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xviii, 343 pages ; 25 cm
The bright constellation which has gone before us -- What we don't know -- The wrong man: I -- The wrong man: II -- "We're changing the culture of America" -- The wisdom of the framers -- Conclusion: the truth shall make you free.
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E902 .M55 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
E902 .M55 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Offers a critique of the right-wing threat to American freedom and democracy as exemplified by the Bush administration, condemning its contempt for democratic principles and practice, bullying religiousity, and reckless militarism.

Author Notes

Mark Crispin Miller is a professor of media studies at New York University.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Miller parsed the language of presidential-candidate George W. Bush in his Bush Dyslexicon 0 (2001) to reveal a chilling mind-set that belied an aw-shucks style of speaking. Now he delivers a deeper, more urgent indictment of George W. Bush, in this case his presidency and the news media covering it. The book's centerpiece is Miller's detailed argument that the Bush administration cynically manipulated Americans-- with the unwitting help of such news organizations as CNN and the New York Times-- 0 into believing that Saddam Hussein's Iraq was a greater threat to global and national security than it actually was. The author also argues forcefully that the "Bush/Cheney New World Order" is systematically chipping away rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, showing in the process just how prescient the Founding Fathers were to anticipate such a threat. Surprisingly, Miller does not address the issue of embedded war correspondents, and his sometimes dyspeptic tone will probably not convert anyone on the other side of the aisle. Still, this is a critical contribution to America's internal, life-or-death debate over foreign and domestic policy. --Alan Moores Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In delivering this blunt jeremiad-Bush is "fascistic," "theocratic," a "crook," etc.-Miller (The Bush Dyslexicon) argues that the Bush-era press isn't simply biased, it has been lulled into an Orwellian false consciousness. One of the major examples Miller, a professor of media studies at NYU, offers is the case of Scott Ritter, the former U.N. weapons inspector who insisted before the war that Iraq probably had no unconventional weapons and was treated by TV interviewers like Paula Zahn as a near-stooge for Saddam. For Miller, further elements of the current order include electronic voting machines that he says were used to tilt the 2002 congressional elections and a cabal of Christian Reconstructionists that wants to impose theocracy on America. Miller, sometimes overheatedly, links the "extremist propaganda" of the Christian right to Bush assertions and policies, traces it to groups like the highly secretive Council for National Policy, and presents what he sees as a final agenda: "To such apocalyptic types, the prospect of a ruined earth is no big deal, as long as God can be alleged to go for it." While such arguments are familiar, as is the indignant tone, Miller's thoroughness and clarity in tracking down the sources of the policies he decries, and the ways in which they are disseminated, set the book apart. Agent, Emma Parry for Fletcher & Parry. 12-city author tour; 20-city radio satellite tour. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Tocqueville's "tyranny of the majority" made it difficult for voices critical of President Bush's policies to find a place in the public sphere. Today, with the war in Iraq going poorly, the opposite seems true. A spate of new books, mostly critical of the President, now flood the market. Miller (media studies, NYU; The Bush Dyslexicon) offers one of the harshest. Condemning the Bush/Cheney administration's bullying religiosity, foreign policy, and obsession with secrecy as irrational imperialism and reckless militarism, Miller argues that the Constitution is in danger; for the goal of this administration is to "abort American democracy, and impose on the United States another kind of government." This "other" kind of government is a radically Christian form of militarism and imperialism that undermines the Bill of Rights and favors the wealthy. The Bush regime, Miller concludes, is un-American. Lively, entertaining, and hard-hitting, this book is a searing indictment of the Bush administration. However, the case made does not always lead to the conclusions drawn, and this work may be too polemical for mainstream tastes. Recommended for public libraries.-Michael A. Genovese, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. IX
Prefacep. XIII
Chapter 1 "The bright constellation which has gone before us"p. 5
Chapter 2 What We Don't Knowp. 55
Chapter 3 The Wrong Man: Ip. 109
Chapter 4 The Wrong Man: IIp. 167
Chapter 5 They Have Met the Enemyp. 209
Chapter 6 The Clear and Present Dangerp. 251
Conclusion: Public Trustp. 293
Appendixp. 301
Notesp. 305