It's Getting Ugly Out There
The Frauds, Bunglers, Liars, and Losers Who Are Hurting America
On Sale: September 10, 2007
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In his daily "Cafferty File" segments on CNN's The Situation
Room, Jack Cafferty focuses on the high, the mighty, and the
often mindless public figures in politics and corporate
America who think they can hoodwink the great American
middle class indefinitely and get away with it. Millions of
people watch him, feeling that he expresses their own
concerns. Now, in his first book, Cafferty kicks his outrage
into high gear with a brilliant condemnation of some of the
most egregious and infuriating boondoggles, screw-ups, and
swindles ever perpetrated on the American public. With both
logic and heart, he assesses the ongoing damage done to our
American democracy by the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act,
illegal immigration, cowboy diplomacy, and the media that
have often been all too willing to overlook or even
encourage these nightmares.
While his sights are set primarily on President George W.
Bush and his team—Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove, Rice, Brownie, and
many more—Cafferty is an equal-opportunity curmudgeon. With
the same intensity, he goes after the Democratic Party,
Nancy Pelosi, the ACLU, and some causes beloved by liberals
while sizing up the leading candidates for the 2008
Cafferty argues that those in power are so isolated from the
rest of the population and so indebted to the corporations,
lobbyists, and tycoons who finance their campaigns and hire
them when they leave office that they simply don't have a
clue what life is like for most Americans and don't care
enough to find out. Cafferty does care—and he shows it. It's
Getting Ugly Out There shares many of the thoughtful,
hilarious, perceptive, and moving e-mail messages from
viewers of the "Cafferty File." These include some of the
unprecedented thousands of e-mails received by CNN in the
two days following Cafferty's resounding denunciation of the
government's response to Hurricane Katrina—the ultimate
example of indifference to the plight of citizens in
Passionate, controversial, and in your face, It's Getting
Ugly Out There is a rarity among current-affairs books—a
searing, hard-hitting critique of the powers that be, not
from the left or the right, but straight from the heart of a
proud mainstream American.
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