I'm a big fan of Michael Moore & my politics are largely aligned with his. I've liked his other books, likewise his movies. But there's something about this piece that feels a little generic and repetitive. To me, listening to this book felt more like Michael Moore's words put into the mouths of people writing him. I doubt this is the case, but I was looking forward to a more revealing look inside soldiers' lives and the lives of their families. Instead I found a lot of political passion conveyed through letters.
So, I can't say I really recommend this to you even if you're a Michael Moore fan. Then again, it was good background noise while I did the dishes. Not worth $20, but if you've got a book left in your balance to spare and just looking for some lightweight listening, this might be worth it your while...
Michael Moore has changed my life drastically. From his brazen Oscar Speech (daring to speak his view, when it would have been so much easier to shine in that moment and accept all the praise and adulation that comes from receiving an Oscar) to Stupid White Mean, to 911 and finally this book. I am always eager to read something from someone not afraid to speak what they see as truth. The people who speak negatively about his writing are mainly people who havent ever OPENED his book nor seen his film, nor heard a single FACT. Dont you think if any of his statements were false they'd have him arrested so fast our heads would spin! Come on people WAKE UP!! Face FACTS and stop hiding in fear and lies. This book is just one more listing of truths that many refuse to hear because it is so much easier to hide our heads in the sand. Open your eyes and dont be afraid to state the obvious... The King Has No Clothes.
It amazes me how many people have given the review for Michael Moore when the body of work is from our soldiers out in Iraq fighting for our freedom. Thats not something I can give less than five stars for. And that they have had the courage to not accept the lies that they have been told, seeing from the frontlines exactly what is going on and trying to impart this information back to us at home, that doesn't seem like something to attack to me but to uphold and honor. Shame on you reviewers for putting your politics and beliefs in front of their lives.
WARNING, do not listen to this book while driving as it is very hard to control a car while you are crying or are furious or BOTH!
People love to rant about Moore and his books & movies, but here the troops bravely dare to speak for themselves. Many of the contributors insisted that their names be used at great risk to themselves. You need to hear this, but I warn you that it will break your heart.
Do not let those mindlessly "God and Country" types fool you. What you will hear in this book is the true personal cost of war. You will also hear that the Iraqis don't want us there. You will also hear that this war was a mistake and we never should have gone in there in the first place. Iraq was not a threat; Iran is! Osama is!
If you cannot imagine being "stop loss" forced (to stay in the service after your enlistment period is up) to fight and perhaps die for a war you do not believe in, read this book. If you don't remember VietNam, here is VietNam II unfolding from the mouths of our precious youth who are doing the suffering and the dying.
Moore is to be commended for giving our troops their voice; the deployed troops are the expert opinion we need to listen to as they are there living this horror every day.
I was skeptical of the bias of Michael Moore from this book, but Moore only writes the introduction. This book is a compilation of letters from soldiers, veterans, and family members- all read by a variety of narrators, who do an excellent job bringing each letter to life. Several of the letters come from those who saw Moore at the 2003 Academy Awards and thought he was just a moron, but after seeing how the war is being so ineptly fought, they wanted to hear what he had to say. Others had either read ?Dude, Where is My Country?? or had seen Fahrenheit 9/11- bought bootlegged in Iraq no less. Many letters vent the frustration felt by our soldiers at things they have seen in Iraq that were morally wrong and unethical. These actions not only hurt the Iraqi people we are there to liberate, but our own servicemen and women. Michael Moore gives them a voice, in an environment where asking questions is not looked upon favorably. Our soldiers allowed Moore to print their letters, many anonymously, because they realized the goodness and patriotism in questioning our government. It does a lot in helping our soldiers and this country. Where would America be if Thomas Payne had not written ?Common Sense??
I feel that Mike definitely cares about the well being of soldiers and in supporting them, either in getting them a more effective leader than Bush or making sure their needs are met in other various ways. In fact the last ten minutes of the book are nothing but ways to aid our military people (monetary aid to families, or even sending them books to read)and all those who feel this war directly (medical aid). I have profound respect now for Moore in that he uses his status and, yes his money for the common good. It has given him the power and responsibility and he is using it as he sees to influence good not only for those protecting our freedom and rights but every American, even those who hate Moore. You may not listen to him, but at least hear our valiant.
I think that any person who voted for GWB in the last election should listen to this book with an open mind and really think about what its message says. Also if you are in any way involved with the Armed Forces listen to this book!
It is what it is. Those who support Bush will hate it - those with relatives and friends involved in the war will welcome it. It is emotional, war is emotional !