Monday, November 11, 2013

You Got to Dance with Them What Brung You

1998, first edition, from Random House
Molly Ivins
You Got to Dance with Them What Brung You: Politics in the Clinton Years
Possibly bought new for $23.00
Hardcover in good condition

As the title suggests, this covers 1993 to '97, with the introduction addressing the Lewinsky scandal.  As always, the focus is on both Texan and national politics, although those overlap at times, as when she writes about Ann Richards losing the governorship to George W. Bush.  Ivins is critical of Clinton, although much less than Hightower was, partly because she feels the man faced enough criticism, from all sides.  She's got a nifty piece on Nixon, happily speaking ill of the dead, because he deserved it.  My favorite obituaries though were of her mother ("a combination of Sigmund Freud and Gracie Allen") and Jessica Mitford.  I found the collection funnier than the last one, especially the thing about the boss who talked to a thermostat.

I've read but don't own 2000's Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush.  (Yeah, talk about wishful thinking.)  This is it for her among my books, and she died of cancer in 2007.

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