Michael Moore tells stories of his childhood, youth and some special events of his life. He shares the experiences of developing a sense of injustice and general fairness based on moral values of the Michigan working class family embedded in the basic principle of "live and let live". He never tries to hide that he belongs to the "lucky ones".
The book is a collection of single well written stories with a sense of style. The stories are funny and sad and expose the hypocrisy of politics and company CEOs as well as school boards in the style of his well known documentaries. It makes you reflect on the system and its flaws.
If you stop after one story you can come back without any problems after weeks.
Even if you don't like Michael Moore you have to acknowledge that this man has passion and that he cares - not only about himself. This is incredibly rare and cannot be highlighted enough. I would recommend this inspirational and hopeful book as a gift for every college kid!
I was skeptical that I would like an autobiographical book, even though I'm a huge Michael Moore fan. However, the stories are as captivating as any audio book I've ever listened to. Moore is an awesome author-reader right up there with Frank McCort. He adds much production value to the reading both with his adjustments to the text for the audio format and awesome sound effects (especially the bomb blasts).
I highly recommend this audio book on its own merits. But if you are looking for American history from the perspective of a person from the middle in the 60's and 70's, this book is a must-listen.
What a lovely gift to get to read this book. I guess you now know what I think about Michael Moore, what my politics probably are and who I probably voted for in the last presidential elections as well as local elections no matter where I live. Your guesses would be right. (I am not a Democrat, however.) Is this all about me?? NO. It means that there is never ever any doubt where Michael stands on the issues. It means he never bought in to ..."It isn't proper to discuss politics" It means he has more courage than almost anyone living. Dennis Kucinich has it. Ralph Nader has it. I am lucky to have some personal friends who have it. The special gift is that Michael has it plus being a great story teller and such a wit.
If you like Michael Moore's movies and john Stewart's Daily show, you'll love this book. First off it is read by the author with irreverent abandon. Yu'll found yourself moving from shocking amazement at what lengths Michael Moore has had to protect himself to the point of having to hire a small army of 9 ex navy seals and green berets to protect himself, his family and his home from right wing vengeance and terrorism. At times you will find yourself moving from 'he got em' satisfaction to bursts of laughter as you say to yourself 'thank god for the Michael Moore's and john Stewart's of the corrupt branches of government that serve as puppets for what is now multinational corporate greed. So buy this book, weep for what is used and abused and laugh your ass off as Michael Moore finds ways to get in their faces and expose their lies and hypocrisy. Very entertaining.
Michael Moore has the body and the skull (the look, some might put it more gently) of a stupid person (not that I am more attractive than he is, frankly I know I am not). But once he opens his mouth you realize how smart a person he is.
I was always intrigued by that. This audiobook, as would a documentary on Michael Moore by Michael Moore, lifts that mystery completely.
And he is a TERRIFIC reader
I didn't read it
Micheal was my favorite, followed by his gay dancing jewish neighbor.
OMG his delivery was hysterical~!
What you don't know about Michael Moore
Didn't know much about Michael Moore besides that he liked to stir things up ...A LOT, but now I see he had a purpose and he was RIGHT!
Whatever you think of Michael Moore's movies, you can't say the guy hasn't lived an interesting life. Listening in on his very personal anecdotes about everything from protesting Reagan at a SS soldier memorial in Bitburg, Germany; to receiving death threats after his memorable reception speech at the Oscar's in 2003, is truly an illuminating experience.
Growing up in Flint, Michigan, and experiencing the senseless business policies exerted upon the population by General Motors throughout the later half of the last century, Moore's heart lies firmly with the working class, and he seems always to be on a mission to speak their voice. Yet, this book is about Michael's voice.
Here Comes Trouble is organized into self-contained stories, ranging from starting up the Flint Voice newspaper in response to the established local news outlet being in the hands of GM, to personal conversations with a Roman Catholic bishop to the making of his first film Roger and Me.
Moore's ability to capture an audience easily transfers to a biographical format, due to his share willingness to expose his vulnerability. His insecurity, shyness and self-conscious affliction makes for a bumpy ride. As Moore himself admits, he is innately pessimistic about pretty much everything, even when he experiences success.
The pessimistic attitude mirrors Moore's gloomy character known from his documentary films, and his huge capacity for self-irony adds another dimension to whatever picture you may already have drawn from his political agenda.
Moore's films are centered on issues he cares about; this book is more about himself than anything else.
Writer, Professor, and Filmmaker. 80's themed Love on the Big Screen and Midwestern Gothic themed Horseshoe. For the Love of Books and The Mushroom Hunter are my films. Go literacy!
Didn't realize Michael's history, starting with the trouble he stirred up when he was 17 and received his first invitation to address congress. Lots of amazing and surprising stories in here!
When Michael pestered Roger Ebert to attend his film premiere. Also, the phone call from John Lennon.
I listen when I run or when I commute. Time flew!
Moore showed good enthusiasm in his reading. He took a very conversational tone.
I had some general notions about Michael Moore, mostly good, before reading this book. I now know so much more about this extremely interesting, patriotic, passionate, sweet man. I was completely inspired by his intelligence, tenacity, and compassion. Moore's storytelling style combines wit and sincerity in such a successful way that I felt I would like to know much more about him.
Honest, Unflinching, Determined
His ability to never give up.
Anything is Possible
A "wandering minstrel" singing out loud his beliefs and mission throughout his life, not taking no for an answer and questioning everything. The stories are sometimes sad, sometimes unjust, sometimes uplifting but always leave you with a sense of "The World needs more Michael Moores"