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)
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.
The author sounds just like conservative who complains about liberals....except he's a liberal who complains about conservatives. Whether his arguments were reasonable or not can be argued about amongst different groups. For me, he knocks conservative perspectives without accurately explaining them which is what offends me. I dont see any humor in this. Will be requesting a refund. - Jami
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.
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.
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 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.
This book sounded very interesting, I thought it would be dealing with the decline of science education in America.
However really the book seemed to be a rant, and the basic premise is that anyone who believes in any sort of higher power must be complete and total idiot. This is less well researched social critique and more diarrhea of the mouth rant.
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 was hoping for an unbiased piece on educational/cultural values but what the author seems preoccupied with is that if you don't think like him...your an idiot!
Most of the book's I read are mysteries, so this book was a great change of pace. I really did enjoy listening.
Not a character book, but I really did enjoy learning about the "cranks" of America's past.
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