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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:

  • George W.: "'President' of the United States. The Thief-in-Chief. A trespasser on federal land, a squatter in the Oval Office."
  • Bill Clinton: "One of the best Republican presidents we've ever had."
  • The former Yugoslavia: "Bring back Marshall Tito! Nobody in America liked him much when he was alive, but now he looks like Lady Bird Johnson."
  • The idiot nation: "A friggin' stain on a blue dress. That's what captured our attention in the '90s - along with slow-moving Broncos, six-year-old strangled beauty queens, and Hugh Grant's dating habits."
  • Corporate America: "There is no recession, my friends: no downturn, no hard times. The rich are wallowing in loot - and now they want to make sure you don't come a-lookin' for your piece of the pie."
©2001 Michael Moore; (P)2002 New Millennium Audio, All Rights Reserved

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Stupid white stars

The two white stars in the average rating are probably a reflection of political views. This is a great book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Clayton
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • 05-09-03

Sharp, witty, scary

"Stupid White Men" is both hilarious and frightening at the same time. Michael Moore lays out simple facts about the current administration's cabinet that by themselves, even without his sharp and intelligent points, paint a picture of a jaw-dropping corruption in our political system that has fallen prey to the moneyed corporate upper crust. Perhaps the mere fact that Bush's cabinet is rife with ex-CEOs who have supposedly "divested" themselves of their interests in the companies they've led is not on its own enough to justify raised hackles, but the subsequent revelations--all facts and details readily verifiable--that have been given only cursory coverage by a media clearly asleep at the wheel (or, perhaps, drugged into a stupor by their gargantuan parent companies which have quite a bit to gain from a Bush administration) paint a picture that is disgusting and unnerving to consider.

Then, take all this and examine it under the light of recent events (the awarding of a hefty government contract to Haliburton, the company Dick Cheney directed as CEO, for example) and we no longer have simply a painted picture, but a prophetic glimpse into what's really going on under right our noses.

Terrific book, fun to read, engaging (if a little tongue-in-cheek over-the-top once in a while) and a sobering look at current events from an important angle.

11 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Pascoevale South, N/A, Australia
  • 06-03-04

A Wake Up Call

The revelations in this book will amaze you. It will leave you woundering at how such events are allowed to occur. It time for people like us to get of the bus and stand next to Michael in front of the bus.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Stupid Choice For A Narrator !

I have a hard time listening to this book.
I loved Arte Johnson on "Laugh-In".
But Michael Moore wrote this book and can MUCH better deliver with
passion and conviction his own words. He is a terrific public speaker.
I know he was busy and such with his book tour and movie opening, BUT if he couldn't find the time to NARRATE his OWN book, then why do it.
If he were smart he would recall this "bore" , and read it himself.

12 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Adam
  • Tampa Bay, Fl
  • 09-12-04

WARNING TO THE RADICAL RIGHT:

WARNING TO THE RADICAL RIGHT:

You just may end up loving this big, fat, but certainly not stupid, white man and hating yourself.

I did.

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Michael, YOu Must Read Your Own Books!

Michael Moore is a natural reader and standup comedian. His writing is funny as hell and great satire on late-stage capitalism. Why didn't he read his book here? Mr. Johnson is fine, but we all know Moore so well, it's surprising not to hear his voice. I tend to be on the side of celebrities and actors reading their own work.

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The greatest book I ever read and listened!!

This is, by far, one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. In fact, it actually got me back in the habbit of looking forward to actually sitting down with a book or audiobook and enjoying and learning. You may not agree with what he may say, but at least he is actually asking the questions that he need to have answered.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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An interesting read

The first time I paid Micahel Moore and heed was for his movie, Bowling for Columbine, which was fantastic. That led me to give this book a listen. The majority of the book is interesting, revealing many connivances concerning the past American election and the corruption of the Bush cabinet. The minority of the book is filled with Moore's ideas on how to fix the state of the nation, which range from illogical to "out there" (an open letter to Yassir Arafat recommending he follow Ghandi's lead?)

Maybe these were jokes, and I'm not up on his humour. Based on his wonderful movie and this book however, I'd say Moore is best left to revealing the problems, not fixing them.

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  • Ki
  • littleton, CO, USA
  • 10-26-03

As always...

Moore is as good as Al Franken. The two of them should get together and make a movie. I can hardly wait for Dude, Where's My Country? on audio book.

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Michael Moore does it again

Once again Michael Moore attacks the right-wingers and the democrats who should opppose them, but just bend-over backwards for the moral minority. Just like his other books and his movie Bowling for Columbine Michael Moore pulls no punches in his quest to show the plight of the Americans being screwed by evil, stupid or lazy politicans.