A Colossal Wreck
A Colossal Wreck
A Road Trip Through Political Scandal, Corruption, And American Culture
Alexander Cockburn



Alexander Cockburn was without question one of the most influential journalists of his generation. His writing stemmed from the best tradition of Mark Twain, H. L. Mencken and Tom Paine. A Colossal Wreck, his final work, finished shortly before his death in July 2012, exemplifies the prodigious literary brio that made Cockburn's name.

Whether ruthlessly exposing Beltway hypocrisy, pricking the pomposity of those in power, or tirelessly defending the rights of the oppressed, 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, he 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. Combining a passion for the places, the food and the people he encountered on dozens of crosscountry journeys, Cockburn reports back over seventeen years of tumultuous change among what he affectionately called the "thousand landscapes" of the United States

Title A Colossal Wreck
Subtitle A Road Trip Through Political Scandal, Corruption, And American Culture
Author Alexander Cockburn
Publisher Verso
Title First Published 10 July 2013
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 498 p.
ISBN-10 1781681198
ISBN-13 9781781681190
Publication Date 10 July 2013
Main content page count 498
Weight 32 oz.
List Price $29.95