Americans *are* exceptional. We're exceptionally jingoistic, bellicose, misogynistic, self-infatuated, ignorant, illiterate, sexually enamoured of instruments of death, and so phenomenally hubristic that we presume to consider ourselves "exceptional," whereas we enjoy a Gini Index of Wealth Inequality squarely athwart that of Rwanda! (factoid taken from that left-wing, conspiratorial document, The CIA Handbook) To be fair, it's not really our fault. The malevolent plutocracy has been engaged in a forty-year campaign so to undercut American education, that we've churned out a hopelessly stultified populace eager to wave flags, root for unnecessary wars, and cheer on their own economic evisceration as we obliterate the middle class and they all move to jobs flipping burgers. Exceptional!
Pierce assembles a painfully graphic pastiche of the resultant cretinism rampant in the land, and of course, none of the dinosaur-saddling troglodytes will comprehend a word, nor will the vicious kakistocrats who've overseen the national lobotomy care a single whit. But it's worth reading (for the residue of us who still retain that faculty)... partly for its mordant humor, and partly for its historical significance as a requiem for American sentience.
Dinosaur Dressage? Atlantis? American Democracy? The stupid things we sell each other and ourselves. Oi.
Pierce saw the downward spiral coming after Obama's election, with the rise of the Tea Party, Glen Beck and the Creation Museum. His three components of Idiot America are present everywhere today. This is a must read for any educated voter now.
The story was great. Fantastic history lesson, however you need to listen to the audiobook. The narration is a fantastic theatrical experience and the emphasis on specific words or phrases really helps you delve into the mind of Idiot America.
A passionate defense of the enlightenment values of our founding fathers. Pierce hammers the damage the elevation of cranks has done to our ability to make informed decisions. However unlike other books on the subject Pierce's work engages this topic with a mixture of humor and seriousness that is very enthralling. The narration is very well done. I highly recommend this book.
Started audiobooks years ago. Now instead of pop music on my ride to work or walk around the neighborhood I get enriched and smarter.
We actually get a historical look at the dumbing down of America. How certain trends started and grew way out of control.
Have not read any others.
I have not heard any of his other performances, but this wwas nice. Just the right amount of sarcasm and condescension.
This is the prequel to Idiocracy.
3 stars is generous and I'm only giving it three stars because I listened about 25% and decided that I had listened to enough.
I prefer objective factual information, this book did not have enough of it to support it's points. I just felt like he took a bunch of cheap shots at conservatives the whole way through, inflating outlier events/people that he mentions as if they were an accurate representation of the entire conservative community.
I just felt like there was too much subjectivity in his criticisms, too much appeal to the emotion rather than to logic. So, I wouldn't recommend this book, had I listened to >25%, I am relatively sure that I would feel justified in going down to one star.
This is what was going through my head the entire audiobook. Although I agree with his premise and most of the points he makes, the flow of the book is a complete and utter mess. One minute he's talking about Glenn Beck, then about James Madison, and I really have no idea why. Once he gets on a topic (Terri Schiavo for example) the flow of the details and the descriptions are really great. It's just that he jumps from topic to topic without really any rhyme or reason.
I don't disagree with the author's basic premise,.. unfortunately, this turns into a far-left 'hit piece' pretty quickly.
If you are on the far left,.. this book is for you.
I would not. The title promises more than is delivered. The author's attempts at crafting a lens by which "Idiot America" has evolved and responds is clouded by irrelevant rants devoid of any argument deconstruction, and a chronology that wantonly skips back and forth over the last 200 years like your mother's big band records.
Did not have one.
It's non-fiction - this is a stupid question. Maybe Idiot America is alive and well.