The government has been seized by a ne'er-do-well rich boy and his elderly henchmen...Our great economic expansion is unraveling faster than a set of Firestones...Our water is poisoned, the ozone's in shreds, and the SUVs are advancing like a plague of locusts...
Remember when everything was looking up? When the government was running at a surplus, pollution was disappearing, peace was breaking out in the Middle East and Northern Ireland, and the Bridge to the Twenty-First Century was strung with high-speed Internet cable and paved with 401K gold?
Well, so much for the future. Michael Moore, the award-winning provocateur behind Roger & Me and the best seller Downsize This!, now returns to size up the new century - and that big, ugly special-interest group that's laying waste to the world as we know it: stupid white men.
Whether he's calling for United Nations action to overthrow the Bush Family Junta, begging African-Americans to place "whites only" signs over the entrances of unfriendly businesses, or praying that Jesse Helms will get kissed by a man, Stupid White Men is Mike's Manifesto on Malfeasance and Mediocrity. Among his targets:
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"The latest appraisal of contemporary American society by a popular and iconoclastic commentator." (Booklist)
"As fulminating and crammed with infuriating facts as any right-wing best seller, as irreverent as The Onion, and as noisily entertaining as a wrestling smackdown." (Amazon.com)
Moore makes insightful and valid points in a clear cut and easy to digest manner. As ambitious as he is however, Moore lacks comprehensive argument in the issues at hand by oversimplifing or diluting problems to mere type-specific groups and/or distinctions. His tendency to portray America's problems from a tight box of labels such as Black vs White or rich vs poor is fractioned, contrived, and prejudiced even as they attempt the fight those very things. This can undermine the legitimacy of his arguments and serve as a barrier for acknowledgement. Post-BFC, Moore has earned a great amount of authority over what will typically be seen as the "Liberal/Leftist" cause (especially to younger generations), with this added responsibility, it is essential that he reflect a more encompassing view of our society's problems and their vehicles. This audio piece is well worth listening to as long as it does not become the say-all of our solutions: a good introduction.
What prevented me from giving this book a higher rating was the narration, which seemed to me to frequently miss the tone of delivery that Moore himself tends to impart to his text.
This doesn't make it bad, just not what you might expect to hear, if you're fond of Moore's films or TV Nation or the like.
I found that I didn't get the feeling of "What the hell's going on here?" humor that I was hoping to.
The content of this book is great. Explosive, funny, provocative. I just whish Michael Moore had read the book himself for this audio version. His personality plays such a great role in delilvering his humor. Unfortunately this narrator doesn't even come close.
I do not agree with everything he had to say in the book but still brought up very valid points. Very entertaining and informative. I am glad that someone had the guts to stand up against the far right.
I admit that I found the book's introduction SO strident and SO accusatory (and shallowly thought out) that I almost discarded the whole book.
My experience in the actual chapters was much better, finding some information I didn't actually know, and other material that was very cleverly interpreted to support a rather radical agenda.
Most interesting was a pro-Nader rationale that was quite carefully composed and presented.
I found that the point-of-view was quite entertaining, and the content was much more positive about finding remedies to society's ills than I expected to see.
It's a fun little pamphlet (audio book). It's full of resentful elitism and sharp punches at establishment inefficiences and prejudices. What's most interesting about the book is that it reveals what a very insular point of view Moore has. He thinks whitey is afraid of blackie...only a half-educated, obese white boy would offer this! His films have all been wonderful but this book is written in such a naive tone that I can't expect that he was ever trying to make a real point with anyone. No, in fact it's clear that Moore likes to preach to his choir.
This is a very thought provoking book that provides a witty and humerous insight int0 many realities that people often ignore. Although I don't agree with all of his views, at least he is standing up and calling attention to a lot of areas that certain others would have us look the way.
It is too bad that the right wing wackos don't want to read this book. It decribes perfectly the way the election was stolen by a spoiled rich kid and the crooked way it was accomplished. It makes Presidet Clinton look like a choir boy. Left up to Bush and his cronies our country will become a giant oil field and mining country. He wlll make sure a hole is dug deep enough to bury all of the elderly, poor and helpless so his rich cronies will have something to brag about. Stupid White Men is a great title I just hope that another book doesn't have to follow called Stupid White Followers.
Book brings to light many of the atrocities surrounding the 2000 election. It also takes a good look at George W. Bush's cabinet and shows some forsight in discussing Trent Lott and Kenneth Lay. Very interesting read.
Excellent work. Finally, we hear truths that are in such short supply. Certainly, I would not go as far as Moore in his contempt for Democrats as well as the obvious Republicans. Getting stuck with George Bush instead of Al Gore has been a tragedy of mind-boggling proportions. Until I can make contributions to countering Republican lies, I thank Michael Moore for speaking the plain truth and for pointing out facts, thereby restoring semblence of sanity to public discourse.
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