From the foreward:
"Jim Morin has a clear idea how he feels about issues. He then expresses himself clearly and concisely in a
matter that is both exciting and explorative...obviously no editor messes with Morin. [He] has all the attributes of a first-rate
cartoonist including a signature which is suitably illegible, a fine design and drafting sense and a cunning eye for the unusual.
They have all come togther wonderfully in this book." -- Pat Oliphant.
"Ambushed! recounts the exploits of the Bush administration,
at home and abroad, 2001 to 2008, through the lens of a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for The Miami Herald and the analysis
of a leading political scientist at Boston University and Harvard University. The book begins with ways in which American
voters were ambushed in two presidential elections and ranges widely among the ensuing disasters from Enron to Katrina to
the budget deficit to the economy and finally to the "global war on terror" that lost America many friends and inspired
enemies worldwide. Contrasting the Bush administrations lofty promises with its policy failures -- from Baghdad to New Orleans
-- the book suggests that this has been not only the least effective but the most destructive presidency of the past century."
From the back cover:
"With all due respect to Roger Tory Peterson, John James Audubon, and the great ornithologists
of the world, in Jim Morin's Field Guide to Birds the whooping cranes are whooping it up, the surf scoter is hanging ten,
the common loon ought to be locked away, the wandering albatross desperately needs directions, and the sandwich terns are
the main course. Real birds all, they have never quite so fit their names as in Jim Morin's alternative view of the aviary."