Kapow. Now that the presidential election of 2008 is over, and the new President is at work, it’s time for the historians and poets to take over the explanation of what happened. Bud Trillin’s new book, Deciding the Next Decider, condenses the long campaign into 100 pages, most of which is a long narrative poem. Trillin injects poems previously published in The Nation (where he has been the deadline poet since 1990) and elsewhere throughout the text. His song parodies are especially wicked. Every candidate in the campaign is skewered in verse, and I found myself reading a page or two again after I had stopped laughing. Trillin’s talent soars on these few pages, and this book will entertain readers of all political persuasions.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)