A Colossal Wreck: A Road Trip Through Political Scandal, Corruption, and American Culture
By: Alexander Cockburn (author)Paperback
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Whether ruthlessly exposing Beltway hypocrisy, pricking the pomposity of those in power, or tirelessly defending the rights of the oppressed, Alexander Cockburn never pulled his punches and always landed a blow where it mattered. In this panoramic work, covering nearly two decades of American culture and politics, Cockburn explores subjects as varied as the sex life of Bill Clinton and the best way to cook wild turkey. He stands up for the rights of prisoners on death row and exposes the chicanery of the media and the duplicity of the political elite. As he pursues a serpentine path through the nation, he charts the fortunes of friends, famous relatives, and sworn enemies alike to hilarious effect. This is a thrilling trip through the reefs and shoals of politics and everyday life.
Alexander Cockburn (1941-2012) was the coeditor of "CounterPunch "and the author of a number of titles, including "Corruptions of Empire," "The Golden Age Is in Us," "Washington Babylon "(with Ken Silverstein), and "Imperial Crusades." One of three brothers, all journalists, he was the son of the journalist and author Claud Cockburn. Born in Ireland and educated in Scotland and England, he moved to America in 1972, soon establishing himself as a radical reporter and commentator, writing for the "Village Voice," the "New York Review of Books," "Esquire "and "Harpers." He also wrote regular columns for the "Nation," "Wall Street Journal," "Los Angeles Times," "New Statesman," and his influential newsletter "CounterPunch." In 1991 he settled in Petrolia, a rural hamlet in Humboldt County, Northern California, where he remained until his death. "From the Hardcover edition."
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