The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics by Maureen Dowd (5 out of 5)
I will tell you motherfuckers to read this to get a neutral look at the madness currently known as the election for our next President. The cesspool of repugnancy known as the Republican party, in tatters over a pool of highly illogical candidates, end up with a semi-orange zigot as their candidate. And the Dems aren’t much to write home about, as their candidate is on her third go-round and it seems there is a lot of unspoken doubt about her abilities to beat the orange misogynist. We won’t forget about the socialist meteorite known as Bernie. Dowd also brings us back and forth to the overcrowded lunch table, full of has-beens like Chris Christie, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Carly Florina, Jen Bush, and Ben Carson. Our current Pres’ tour of duty is examined, as is the Bill Clinton presidency. No shortage of material here; Dowd did her homework, as well as share her columns, most of which are gathered here, starting back in the 90’s and going up to now. There are a lot of ups and downs, but I particularly loved this book because she has done what no one else has managed to do in this madness…stayed unbiased and on neutral ground. Her interviews with all of the parties involved are calm, well thought out, and some bordering on outright funny (Sarah Palin, a number of the Trump interviews, the Lewinsky lunch, and the Lorne Michaels interview are standouts). A little bit of everything, but with professional and journalistic grit to the nth degree. I love reading about politics, minus the muckraking. This is an excellent book in every regard. You would be hard-pressed to find a more worthy source to go to. Whatever you do, don’t get your info off of Facebook! Grab a copy of this from your nearby bookstore.