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Idiot America Audiobook

Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

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Publisher's Summary

The culture wars are over and the idiots have won. This is a veteran journalist’s caustically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States.

The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units; anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough; "fact" is that which enough people believe. And "truth" is determined by how fervently they believe it.

Charles Pierce has led a career-long quest to separate the smart from the pap, and now it’s time to try and salvage the Land of the Enlightened, buried somewhere in this new Home of the Uninformed. With his razor-sharp wit and erudite reasoning, Pierce delivers a gut-wrenching, side-splitting lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States and how a country founded on intellectual curiosity has deteriorated into a nation of simpletons more apt to vote for an American Idol contestant than a presidential candidate.

With Idiot America, Pierce’s thunderous denunciation is also a secret call to action, as he hopes that, somehow, being intelligent will stop being a stigma and that pinheads will once again be pitied, not celebrated.

©2009 Charles P. Pierce (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A raucous rant against the armies of the right…. Pierce is at his scathing, insightful best.” (Boston Globe)

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    FjHarty 05-08-14
    FjHarty 05-08-14

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    What made the experience of listening to Idiot America the most enjoyable?

    To me the examples resonated and were things that some of my more right leaning friends haven't thought through. I think there are many many more examples that make this "Idiot America"


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Nothing was really "compelling" but is pressed I would have to say the narrators tone at times.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    video meliora proboque 06-21-16
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    "beyond knowledge and mental competence"

    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.

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    Melissa 02-15-17
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    "Excellent"

    Funny, informative, articulate, opinionated but not pushing his opinion on you. Can't wait for his next book.

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    mrsmuggy LEWISBURG, PA, US 02-10-17
    mrsmuggy LEWISBURG, PA, US 02-10-17 Member Since 2013

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    "rudder stuck hard to port"

    First Bronson Pinchot is the best reader. it's worth listening to anything he reads. as someone who considers himself conservative this book allowed me to visit the smug lefts self indulging superiority complex that recently allowed its headlong run off the cliff.

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    Chris Hollingsworth 02-05-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Started out slow"

    The book started out slow and rambled, but the further in it got, the better it got and the more factual information began to become clear. For a while, I wondered if this was simply a Democrat beating up on Republicans, but it eventually came back full circle when it got to the time of the Obama administration.

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    John Titgemeyer Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 02-03-17
    John Titgemeyer Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 02-03-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Even more relevant today."

    Excellent coverage of the idiots on the political right, but thin coverage on the political left.

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    Josh TX 02-02-17
    Josh TX 02-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "spot on"

    i was hesitant buying this book, but it is amazing! it should be required high school reading.

    it's disheartening that the people who need to read this book the most will either never touch it or reject the premise outright based on some superfluous 'offense'.

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    "Some humility would be nice"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone with a pre-conceived opinion of conservatives might.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charles P. Pierce again?

    no


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is great in any format. I love his narrations.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Savannah, GA, United States 06-21-16
    Jim Savannah, GA, United States 06-21-16 Member Since 2010
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    "A Stupid Good account of American History"

    Dinosaur Dressage? Atlantis? American Democracy? The stupid things we sell each other and ourselves. Oi.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eilene Edwards Wentzville, MO 05-10-16
    Eilene Edwards Wentzville, MO 05-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Tad bit disorganized and hard to follow."
    Any additional comments?

    There is a ton of interesting information in this book and the narration helped me to get through the material faster (listen during my drive). That said, it was often difficult to distinguish between a character being quoted - or the author interjecting his thoughts. This is obvious when reading - but not as obvious when listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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