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.
“A raucous rant against the armies of the right…. Pierce is at his scathing, insightful best.” (Boston Globe)
I agreed with the author's points. But, the organization, the structure, was a disappointment. The author got lost in too many tedious historical stories from the 19th century. Of the last ten audio books I have done, this is the dullest. And most of my books are about history or politics.
The book could have been more tightly built around more contemporary examples of idiocy in American life. At least it could have started in the 1920's, an era more relevant to us. There is plenty of idiocy material to work with in the last 90 years : -)
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.
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.
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