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Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free | [Charles P. Pierce]

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

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.
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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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    Vargas Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-19-11
    Vargas Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "You Get What You Paid For"

    The title of this book makes it so obvious what you are buying that I can't believe people actually take the time to write reviews bashing it. When I bought this book, I knew I was buying a trashy book that was going to smear Conservatives. That's what I wanted, that's what I paid for, and that's exactly what I got. So, please, if you are a sensative conservative reader, prone to tantrums and an undeserved sense of victimization, then you really should NOT be buying this book (unless of course your only goal is to buy the book cheap so you can not read it, but still bash it in the comments section).

    The Book is a wonderful collection of silliness. Numerous examples of how the Right has attacked everything good and educated in this world, dumbed it down, twisted it into an unrecognizable mass of bitterness and hatred, and then sold it as their own product to Limbaugh's acolytes. From the Creation Museum (terrifying to be sure) to the Conservative take-over of Talk Radio, the book is an fountain of interesting factoids and historical perspective coupled with a very sarcastic wit. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was my traveling companion as I was traveling through Utah, and I would highly recommend this to any Liberal/Progressive reader looking for a giggle inbetween conservative-bashing.

    41 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    david brentwood, TN, United States 09-11-11
    david brentwood, TN, United States 09-11-11 Member Since 2010

    my thoughts

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    "Liked it alot!"

    Good book. I believe this book details the decline of America.Side note, Bronson Pinchot is an awesome narrator.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jim MOUNT DORA, FL, United States 11-09-11
    Jim MOUNT DORA, FL, United States 11-09-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Hilarious and Insightful"

    Charles Pierce has given us a book citing virtually hundreds of society's foibles and foolish manifestations. It's brilliantly written, astute and very funny. Moreover, it's astute food for thought. It's well worth repeated listenings. Excellent job by Bronson Pinchot as well.
    Jim Carlton

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Reich Northern, CA 05-24-13
    Chris Reich Northern, CA 05-24-13 Member Since 2005

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    "There Is Now Scientific Evidence for..."

    Indeed we are becoming a country of idiots and this book points out many of the really stupid things people in this country believe.

    I personally do not care if people believe that the earth is 6,000 years old. Everyone, myself included, has at least one totally irrational belief in their baggage.

    My objection to the beliefs of others is inflamed when nutty beliefs are taught in schools or guide important political policies. No, a 6,000 year old earth is not a different point of view deserving equal time with evolution; it's nutty. I hate to see kids taught that nonsense by their parents but hey, it's a free country. And that, sadly, is the point.

    So, like me, you'll read this to reinforce what you already believe. Or you will spit nails over your right to believe these nutty things and see it as yet another attack on god-fearing people.

    If you're not in the nut wing, you'll get a few really good laughs and in the end, you'll feel a little sad.

    Go for it. I highly recommend this book.

    Chris Reich, TeachU

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matt United States 04-05-13
    Matt United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Must Listen"

    This should be a must listen for every high school senior. Want to know why the media is a mess? Your answers are here. This book made me mad, bummed me out, and broadened my view.

    The stupidity it points out might bring you down, but this book is important and very good.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Maull Lewes, Delaware USA 09-01-12
    Craig Maull Lewes, Delaware USA 09-01-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great read. Humorous and spot on."
    What did you love best about Idiot America?

    I found Idiot America expressed thoughts and feelings I have had on my mind for a long time but could not articulate anywhere nearly as well as Mr. Pierce. His observations are astute and his style of expressing them clear and, at times, hilarious. It made me smile at the prose and sometimes want to weep at the lunicy running roughshod over our country. Bronson Pinchot was a perfect narrator for this work too.


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

    I have heard a few of Bronson Pinchot's narrations and find his amazing flexability a rare treat. He can narrate both the serious and somewhat flippant, the frightning and the funny without ever seeming to have to struggle for just the right way to do it. For Idiot America he was the perfect choice.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    A lot of history is wound up with the timeline of this book. Donnely's Ninenger, Parts of the life of the Founding Fathers as well as the behind the scenes personalities involved in our constitution are brought to light. These are kind of back story, but they are illuminating enough to pique curiosity on the subjects, many of which I had never heard of.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler St. Louis Park, MN, United States 09-29-11
    Tyler St. Louis Park, MN, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Sooo, WHY are we talking about this now?"

    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.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 04-07-14
    Tom Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 04-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Clever phraseology, boring narrative"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Did not have one.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It's non-fiction - this is a stupid question. Maybe Idiot America is alive and well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Kingston, WA, United States 01-02-13
    John Kingston, WA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Good but repetitive"

    This book could have been much shorter. The author makes the same case over and over. It still worth reading.

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    Tom RED OAK, TX, United States 04-23-11
    Tom RED OAK, TX, United States 04-23-11 Member Since 2005
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    "I wanted to like this..."

    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.

    14 of 38 people found this review helpful
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