Yes, I have read this book. And, yes, I also like Franken. But Moore is clearly the KING of political satire. The scary thing, however, is just how much Moore seems to know about the "real" politics that are going on while most of the public sleeps. Just how close is Bush to the Saudis? Did Bush profit from the "war" in Afghanistan and Iraq? Why did Bush rush to help the Bin Ladens leave the US within hours of 9/11? Moore seems to have tapped into frustration most people have with modern day politicians, yet holds out persistent hope that we (the people) will wake up and smell the bulls***.
This is a well written book and does just want it is meant to do, wake you up. I loved it, I felt as if the research done was complete and accurate. He showed us a side of the US that we all knew was there but no one really wants to look at, including me. We live in one of the greatest countries, as Michael Moore points out several times, but sometimes we do not show that we really understand that. Michael Moore shows us how great our country is by even writing this book when many other countries would have said NO WAY. But the USA says bring it on, it is your right to say what you feel and no one can take that away from you. Whether or not you agree with Michael Moore is irrelevant, but if you want to hear someone else's opinions which are backed by very good facts, then read this book. Hopefully you will read this book and learn something more about your country, whether it is showing that your president is doing an amazing job or that change is needed, you will be a more rounded person because you have opened your eyes to somethign else. All in all Michael Moore showed Americans something wonderful, he showed us our 1st Amendement Rights and showed us just how beautiful they are.
Yet again Michael Moore has adressed the current state of politics head on. This is a must read for any one interested in the current state of affairs of the American nation. Will keep you interested right to the end.
This would have been a much better audio book if Michael Moore himself had read it. The narrator is ok but he doesn't give it the sense of outrage and sarcasm that are in the words.
"Dude, Where's my Country?" is Michael Moore's clever new catch phrase, which jokingly invokes the name of that Ashton Kutcher stoner flick that you probably set on auto-ignore three years ago. Here, the phrase is presented in the form of a kind of indignant rallying cry, murmured sweetly into your ear by another one of those darn-happy-to-know-you narrators. This one sounds a bit like Michael Moore but cannot hope to summon up the amount of sarcastic outrage required here. As if the director forgot to supply him with his motivation, he squeaks on and on about, among other things, the war in Iraq (these are agonizingly long, vitriolic chapters despite the squeaking), greedy corporate executives (ironically, Moore's bread-and-butter) and later on -- speaking of bread-and-butter -- holier-than-thou vegetarians.
Moore's book is mainly about getting rid of Bush, but he explores other topics, too -- like the reason why you'll never, EVER be rich, or why your employer wouldn't mind it if you died. Here, his words take on the angry tone of a late-night drunken debate, but, actually, it's the best part of the book. Moore seems to enjoy bashing the rich, and he's quite good at it, maybe even the best; of course the rich ARE an easy target -- especially when one considers his audience
As critics have noted, Moore does tend to rant, but when occasionally he manages to touch the right nerve, "Dude, Where's my Country?" works really well. His use of profanity from time to time actually livens things up instead of feeling forced, even though the narrator sounds about as natural using the F-word as Dan Rather enunciating "bling-bling" on the evening news. Expect a lot of boring statistics near the end as he provides mountains of evidence that prove once and for all that America is really a liberal country. Do NOT expect to laugh very much. Despite its title, this book is surprisingly mundane.
I found this to be even better than Stupid White Men.
Michael Moore has done his homework. He raises the questions that so many of us want to ask, and he has a gift for exposing the true motives of the highly suspect Bush and company.
Truly excellent book.
I have always wondered what a dissenting opinion about the The US government would sound like. Yet, It always seems like EVERY news channel asks the same questions....come to find out, they're all affiliated with the Government. I have always been a "patriotic," I too don't like to condemn "our" decisions to go to war...but hey, when we're there, we may as well delve in and find out more. Moore is witty, and uncovers some things that you wouldn't believe, and it had me questioning everything from our "reasons" for going to war to "How in the Heck did Bush ever get to be president, when he knowingly was business affiliates with the Bin Ladens?" I must say, this book is a very interesting piece and will bring out the "doubt" in you and make you question our democracy. No doubt, Moore uses alot of personal opinions but he makes great points and can realy stir up controversy with his fact finding mission. I'm not a political fanatic at all....I just enjoy reading things by people who aren't afraid to "let the truth be known."
With incisive tone and witty -- albeit bitterly witty -- prose, Moore cuts through the smokescreen of the Bush administration, exposing their de facto theft of the country from under our noses. Collecting information that has been easily available, but never widely or popularly disseminated, Moore lays open the festering wound that is the current political state of the world's "only superpower," a greed-driven oligarchy controlled by power-made manicas on both the right and the left. Where's your country? The sad answer is, it's been bought, sold and paid for.
This was excellent.....I know that Michael Moore is not doing this for his own political aspirations.....what he says confirms what I thought.....I am glad that there is someone like him who has taken the time to research this and tell us the truth.
I love Michael Moore, but I have to say this isn't his best work. Michael is at his best when he's mercilessly hammering away at a single issue from every angle, leaving his quarry with nowhere to run. Here, he takes swipes at a few too many targets and while it is, at times, thought provoking and insightful, he tends to ramble and get lost in his own tangents, until he eventually runs out of steam. Still, the "Questions for George of Arabia" chapter is alone worth the price of the book.