An avid reader, who also loves to listen.
I know the point Moore is trying to make here but to me, it seems as if he's using the soldiers to help further justify his cause. Don't get me wrong, the book is good as it details some of the many sad stories that these young brave soldiers go through (and the folks at home should know the exact conditions that we put our soldiers through) but then again, we all know war is bad and I'm pretty sure that many of these soldiers knew what risks were when they enlisted to begin with.
First, let me say that I am not a lefty nor a righty. I am for whomever I feel will run the country better. Fact is, I hope Kerry wins. Now... it really saddens me to realize that there are millions of people who believe even a single word Micheal Moore says. Much of what he says is exaggerated (if not outright lies) which has been proven. He continues to get rich by suckering in those who have no faith in Bush and then tells you how he has concern for "the little guy." This book, like his past movies and books, is filled with imagination and little fact. *sigh* When will we have writers who prefer truth over their own opinion?
This is just hour after hour of narrators reading emails received by servicemen, past and present, who support Michael Moores position, which I happen to agree with, but I feel a bit cheated that M.M. did not actually write this book. The servicemen and women did it with very little input from Mr. Moore. The emails are certainly touching but very redundant. This could have been a one hour book and that's stretching it.
Purportedly by and for those in service to the country, it's just another excuse to line Michael Moore's (ample) pockets.
Note that while my review gives it one star, that's just because Audible won't accept zero stars.
Just start by listening to the sample (Moore talking to a soldier, Moore speaking): "You do not owe me any apology. What did you do wrong? You believed your commander and chief. You're supposed to believe your commander and chief. You're in the Navy. All of us should be able to believe what comes out of the president?s mouth.? From this point: 1) Bush lied about the war, Iraq, everything. 2) A soldier who was in the war was apologizing for being in it. From this "staged" position Moore's attempt to use sarcasm is demeaning and sophomoric. What is supposed to come off as caring is only blatantly condescending. Diagram what Moore is doing: 1) Start with a scenario that is only plausible from a purely anti-bush/anti-war partisan position, 2) add condescension that is probably "over-the-top", 3) soft peddle this with even more arrogant condescension that is so thick it is palatable only to the blindly partisan followers. Just imaging standing in front of your peers and repeating Moore?s words and putting your reputation behind them (you are putting your money there). People wonder why there is so much hate in politics; Moore is putting himself at the top of the hate speech/vicious politics list with this book. People can disagree about Iraq and Bush, but this is so condescending that only those that are entirely partisan/anti war at all costs/Bush haters at all costs, would find it tolerable. If you consider yourself in the "HATE BUSH/IRAQ" crowd, then you will feed well on this book. For everyone else who is not blinded by thinly veiled pure partisanship, then let me suggest a new mantra: "anyone, anyone but Moore". This was all hype, no substance. Disappointing, I was hoping for some dialogue and discussion.
Did these soldiers really write these? If they did, what percentage of the troops feel this way? Why did our troops choose President Bush overwhelmingly if they actually think we are doing wrong? Why does everyone in the military that I know, support this war? I've served in the military and my dh just retired after 23 years. We have strong ties to the military and talk to people over there all the time. Everyone is proud of what they are doing there. Everyone of them passionately dislikes Michael Moore.