177 of 202 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful , insightful and Moving
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...
Published on September 13, 2011 by Mitch
37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Making the man
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...
Published on October 21, 2011 by N. Brett
Most Helpful First | Newest First
177 of 202 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful , insightful and Moving,
This review is from: Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life (Hardcover)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.
When helping your neighbor is done not because it is required or you will make money from it but because it is the right and good thing to do.
Taken as whole his body of work reminds us that injustice against any people anywhere is not acceptable and each of us is called to act when we see it taking place.
Fairness and equality for all not just the few who can buy it is absolutely necesary to achieve a Nation that is strong and productive .
These basic values are vitally important to keep a Nation whole , healthy and should not be left to deteriorate /decline any further.
Michael Moore must truly love America and all that it stands for and has shown this in his inability to stand silently by and watch injustice or corruption run amok unchecked while it destroys the lives of his fellow citizens and weakens our whole nation.
We have watched him as he has taken on the big guys to stand up for the little guys And while we were entertained he and his family were assailed.
Remember back to the days in this country when a handshake and promise were as good as gold, people left their doors unlocked and trusted and helped their neighbor, wages paid enough to support a family with one man working one full time job ? Memories such as these may bring some readers nostalgia of that past time in our country and .. sorrow because of the loss of trust and divisions that have marked this century and left a wound in the soul of our Nation .
When a Documentary film maker in America is forced to hire his own personal army of body guard's for protection simply because he expressed dissent against the ruling political party and their policy's of the time you cant help but notice the implications.
Reading about what he went through should give every citizen pause because this testament reflects a deeper sickness in our county, one that threatens every citizens individual and collective freedom to have their own truth and beliefs and express them.
Other Country's that do not profess to have freedom of speech and liberty to dissent against those in Power is where one would expect to find such a testament ... Not in America.
Yet this is in fact a story of what happened to a American citizen from his own citizens in America .
What have we become ? A nation so divided , so eager to stir up hate toward our fellow citizens that a difference in your opinion warrants such extreme actions and thoughts of murder ?
Whether you are a fan of Micheal Moore already or not this is a great memoir written beautifully . Michael Moore has another great talent , he is an excellent story teller . I just Could not put it down and I am grateful to have the opportunity to read it be moved and be inspired by it.
73 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silences the soul and warms the heart,
This review is from: Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life (Hardcover)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...
37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Making the man,
This review is from: Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life (Hardcover)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.
89 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New York Times Hails "Trouble" as Michael Moore's BEST YET!,
This review is from: Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life (Hardcover)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.
28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED this book!,
This review is from: Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life (Hardcover)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!
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray For Moore!,
This review is from: Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life (Hardcover)Michael Moore, in his inimitable style has brought both giggles and tears; reminiscences of a time when "liberal" was a compliment and not an insult. When "maybe it was all so simple then" (The Way We Were) and public figures were not known for their vitriol and hate, but their vision of the common good. Of course, not all was peaches and cream, but the thought of the likes of a Sarah Palin or Perry or O'Reilly or even George W. having a say in the policies of the US was inconceivable. Well written and funny but delivering a strong message of the dangers that face the US should this cadre of fundamentalist bigots ever reach positions of real power.Thank you, Michael Moore!
33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Scary and Sad.,
This review is from: Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life (Hardcover)Even though I am a big fan of his movies, this is the first Michael Moore book that I have read and I am pleasantly surprised by his lucid and effortless prose. The book has been an absolute pleasure to read. It is funny and I found myself inadvertently comparing his style to P.G.Wodehouse. It is scary so see that how hard it is for one to stand up one's convictions given the thug like bigots who have taken it upon themselves to police our society. And it is sad to see how few put their money where their mouth is to stand up for the little man. All I can muster myself to say is "Bravo"!!
30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael's Best,
This review is from: Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life (Hardcover)Witty, entertaining, and totally one of the most thought provoking books I've ever read. You'll laugh, cry and finally find out how Michael became the man he is today. Definitely his best work, my whole family loved this book. Well worth your time and thought.
26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read about a Very Similar Midwestern Childhood!,
This review is from: Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life (Hardcover)From the blue stroller on the cover (mine was red) to college days, I was stuck at how similar our childhoods had been in the midwest. We are both the same age, he grew up in Michigan and I was in Muncie, IN. We both remember in great detail what we were doing when the three assassinations occurred. I was a nine year old in Mrs. Jewitt's class when "shots rang out" in Dallas and they played the radio over the intercom to all the classes. The man I saw three years before was dead. I watched on my black and white TV as Jack Ruby ended the life of Lee Harvey Oswald. On April 4, 1968, my family and I spent hours waiting for Bobby Kennedy to speak in Muncie. We lingered and saw him get into the car with Ethel who was pregnant with Rory. We went home to watch the late local news in Indianapolis to see if we were on TV in the crowd when we heard the news about MLK and watched Bobby give his famous speech citing the classics and telling the crowd not to translate his death into violence. Then two months later, I was watching TV when Sirhan Sirhan changed everything and the man I had just seen on such an eventful day was also dead. Even as a girl, there was nothing more fun than digging holes and climbing in them with massive amounts of carefully stacked dirt clods to throw at each other along with our plastic hang grenades (and a pin you could really remove). We threw a million dirt clods at the "Germans" and wore our plastic army helmets proudly. We went in the backyard and took any kind of board, tarp or whatever we could find because there was nothing more fun than building a fort and then just sitting in it. We rode our bikes a million miles and relinquished our freedom only when we came back inside with our parents when it was too dark to see outside.
Everybody made a living from the manufacture of cars and car parts at some point in their lives. If you didn't work at Guide Lamp, then it was Delco Remy. One summer, my Dad made water pumps on an assembly line so when you wanted something, Dad would calculate the cost as how many water pumps he had to make to buy it. My Dad was a WWII vet, as was Michael Moore's father, and after he was dead we found out some of the real story of what he did in the war from letters to my Aunts and newspaper clippings they saved. We all watched "12 O'Clock High," "Combat" with Vic Morrow and "The Rat Patrol" on TV in a strangely bloodless rendition where the good guys always won. Michael Moore's family and mine even took the same vacations in the same years! In 4th grade, we studied the three branches of government so I asked my parents if we could go to Washington where we were able to walk into the offices of Senators Vance Hartke and Birch Bayh and shake hands without an appointment as we wandered about the Capital after the tour. Public service was honorable. They were happy to see regular Hoosier folks and glad we stopped by! I was so proud the people from my State of Indiana were there representing us in marble and in real life. We walked into the gallery and watched the Senate and then onto the gallery for the United States House of Representatives. We toured the White House and all the monuments. Then the next year, we all boarded a train in Muncie, IN (which is amazing in itself) and went to the New York World's Fair where we saw the Unisphere, the Dinosaurs from Sinclair Oil, the Mexican Pavilion where people spun on ropes down a long pole and it was all about the World of Tomorrow. As Neil Degrasse Tyson has pointed out, it was a time when we had big dreams of a better future with a robust space program and technology. The moving sidewalk was cool in itself and then there was the Pieta which the Pope was letting us see! They even promised you could watch movies in your own house instead of going to a movie theater! Lights turned off and on by themselves and even kitchens would be better (for Mom).
My Dad was a Counselor at Indiana Boy's State where young men went to learn about how government worked and how important it was to be a good citizen. Michael Moore went to Michigan Boy's State. In seventh grade, I got kicked out of Health Ed class because I continually argued with the teacher (who was also the football coach) for teaching football and not important subjects in Health Ed. I didn't fit in enough in high school that l convinced them to let me attend Ball State University and get high school credit. I graduated early and then was forced by my parents to go to my high school graduation and "act like it was the happiest day of my life!" I got see Gene McCarthy and skipped class to go to antiwar demonstrations. My parents were against the war because they wanted to save my younger brothers from having to suffer through the mistakes of administrations that continually squandered our youth for questionable purposes. I protested every war since then and I remember how you really had to be careful what you said when the Iraq war started. I watched Hans Blix say that there was nothing and I was sure we were being lied to one more time and that the "lame stream media," as Jon Stewart says, was complicit. I worked on political campaigns and pushed the same people Michael Moore did. I even waited and waited for Michael Moore to arrive at Temple University in the Slacker Uprising tour because his plane was delayed. I now know why I am a fan of his work....I couldn't help it....it was my parallel midwestern childhood!
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very heartfelt and sincere,
This review is from: Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life (Kindle Edition)I met Michael Moore when he was on his book tour for "Stupid White Men". I had never expected someone so brutally honest and sincere. His new book is refreshing and surprising in what he reveals about his formative years. Most people don't realize that he's been fighting for justice and civil rights since he was in junior high. He is one of the few public figures who is a true role model for our youth.
Most Helpful First | Newest First
Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life by Michael Moore (Hardcover - September 13, 2011)