Greg Palasts The Jokers Wild is a card game with an agenda like the infamous U.S. Military deck of most wanted Iraqis, by which it was inspired. Featuring a rogues gallery of politicians, insiders and power brokers (the Bushes, the bin Ladens, Jim Baker, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pat Robertson, Ken Lay), it comes packaged as a set of oversize playing cards, each of which portrays a particular public figure or scandal, all featuring quotes and pithy bites of information, marked by a savage sense of irony. Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Truth About Corporate Cons, Globalization, and High-Finance Fraudsters, is an equal-opportunity muckraker; his targets include Bill Clinton, whom he chides for, among other things, signing an end to food-stamp entitlement for poor children. His favorite antagonist, however, is President Dubya, characterized here as the Joker, and drawn in a court jesters cap. Its a funny idea, but before you laugh, remember whats at stake. Or, as Palast wonders: Whats so funny? The jokes on you.
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THE JOKERS WILD: Dubyas Trick Deck | By GREG PALAST; Illustrated by ROBERT GROSSMAN | Seven Stories | $9 boxed