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Hilarious Guardian A comic genius Independent Caustic, breakneck, tell-it-like-it-is ... He's a genuine populist; a twenty-first century pamphleteer Observer Moore has mastered the rare trick of being passionate and funny at the same time New Statesman Moore is a worldwide force ... a cultural icon The Times Outstanding ... with the book's emotional highs and lows, and self-deprecating, empathetic style, Moore triumphs. ... enlightening, engaging, and occasionally enraging Publisher's Weekly Here Comes Trouble is by far Mr. Moore's best book...[his] coming of age as a working-class malcontent is...something to behold. It's the story of a big lunk who learns to yoke his big mouth to a sense of purpose. It persuades you to take Mr. Moore seriously, and it belongs on a shelf with memoirs by, and books about, nonconformists like Mother Jones, Abbie Hoffman, Phil Ochs, Rachel Carson, Harvey Pekar and even Thomas Paine. -- Dwight Garner New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Michael Moore is a filmmaker and author. He was born in Flint, Michigan.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780446532242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446532242
  • ASIN: 044653224X
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Moore is an Academy Award-winning American filmmaker, bestselling author, and liberal political commentator. He is the director and producer of Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Sicko, three of the top five highest-grossing documentaries of all time. In September 2008, he released his first free movie on the Internet, Slacker Uprising, documenting his personal crusade to encourage more Americans to vote in presidential elections. He has also written and starred in the TV shows TV Nation and The Awful Truth. His bestselling books include Dude, Where's My Country and Mike's Election Guide 2008.Moore is a self-described liberal who has explored globalization, large corporations, gun ownership, the Iraq War, U.S. President George W. Bush and the American health care system in his written and cinematic works. In 2005 Time magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people. In 2005, Moore started the annual Traverse City Film Festival in Traverse City, Michigan. In 2008, he closed his Manhattan office and moved it to Traverse City, where he is working on his new film.

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185 of 210 people found the following review helpful By Mitch on September 13, 2011
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If you truly cannot find one good thing to say about this book that you like or could identify with there are only two explanations - one you have not read it and the second is you would have to be a totally heartless human being .
This book is written from the heart and that is where it reaches you when you read it. The stories contained within are insightful with wit and comedy throughout but also serious with parts that will move you to tears and likely give you pause .
Here we get a " Backstage pass " to glimpse the people , places and stories that molded the life and character of Michael Moore . Getting a glimpse of his family history and the things that influenced him to become the man he is today. A man of Character and Moral Fortitude with a deep compassion toward not just his fellow Citizen but Humanity in general .
Those of you who have seen his documentary work may have noticed these great quality's about him already as it is an outstanding quality that is easily recognized.
In these days of materialism and the fake and phony players among us who preach but do not practice , Micheal Moore stands out as one who is true to the belief of his convictions and endowed with the Courage to live act upon them even when its risky to do so.

Michael Moore reminds us of what is and should be important to us:

What it means to do the right thing for the right reasons .
The price paid for all Americans to have freedom and liberty and the cost of loosing them .
Where honesty and integrity are the true marks of a wealthy man
and kindness is not a sign of weakness but of strength.
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77 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Chittle on September 13, 2011
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I attended the book signing in New York City and Moore had the audience cracking up hysterically. But when he read a story about a young gay boy in his neighborhood, and another about his Mom dealing with 60's vile racism, there was nary a dry eye in the house.

"Here Comes Trouble" is a series of short stories. It's not a memoir per se but a set of stories based in the 60's-80's. The stories are carry a theme about social justice in the context of the time period. They could be enjoyed as fiction writing - but as non-fiction it makes them all the more entertaining and fascinating.

"Boys State" is a personal favorite story of a 17 year old Michael Moore ripping into The Elks organization in 1971 for its racist membership policies. The seeds of what Michael Moore was to become had been sewn.

As the largest private collector of Roger & Me memorabilia, I enjoyed the details of how the film was made. I also love how the book ends...
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett VINE VOICE on October 21, 2011
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Michael Moore is a passionate, forthright and loud campaigner, strongly labelled `a left winger' in the US. Infamous because he used an Oscar acceptance speech to make a statement about George Bush's invasion of Iraq and this stirred up a storm that suggested Moore was anti American and anti military which was far from true - his views were that valuable American lives were being put at risk on the basis of lies about WMD. So you can agree or disagree with his views but it is important to understand his views come from passion, not hatred. Obviously here in the UK we have less extreme views on Moore but generally we have found his views and films interesting and at the very least they provide an alternative perspective, this is non anti-American - this is what democracy is all about.

This is an easy and quite entertaining read, on occasion you have to live with an evangelical and self congratulatory style but equally Moore does let you see other aspects of his personality and his background. No standard autobiography this, it is a selection of stories about his youth but it starts with the Oscar incident, presumably so you can see how the boy turned into the left leaning film-maker. Actually I found this less about a current political view (although there is obviously a touch of this) but more about a boy growing up in 1950's America and suffering the inadequacy of youth in a changing world. His Mum was actually a Republican and his dad a Democrat but he was brought up in a house where reading, questioning and debate was encouraged. Not built like an athlete and awkward around girls, we see Moore's early inquisitive nature and the first steps on the path that has taken him to where he is today.

At times this is interesting, funny, sweet and poignant but by its nature of selected elements it lacks a little something that would have made this a great read instead of an interesting one.
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89 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Peter Cavanaugh on September 13, 2011
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It's moronic postings such as offered by Gary the Whittier Grouch that wonderfully typify the troglodyte mindset of right-wing nincompoops. I found Mr. Moore's book to be truly exceptional and I completely agree with today's New York Times which characterizes "Here Comes Trouble" as Michael Moore's best book yet. Moreover, the assertions that "democrats avoid this guy" and "when he shows his face they loose elections" are patently false. Get a grip, Gary. And not where your hand was as you spewed this venom.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Gale on September 17, 2011
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I really loved this book! I am three years younger than Mr. Moore and grew up under very similar circumstances in a small Great Lakes town with a dad who worked in a steel mill, was terrorized by the nuns in Catholic School for nine years, heard stories from uncles who fought in WW2 and Korea, cousins who fought in Vietnam (the whole nine yards)! I really identified with Michael's anecdotes. His recall of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination was extremely similar to something that I experienced on that horrible day. Now I know why I've always felt some type of spiritual kinship with the man's work. Keep it up Michael, you're one of the few true voices left that speaks for the American working class. Problem is, most working class people don't have the sense to realize that you're on their side!
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