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Someone was bound to go after Michael Moore eventually and this book holds nothing back. An immensely popular figure to political left-wingers, Michael Moore presents himself as a regular working-class guy in a baseball cap with the courage to take some rich and powerful folks to task for their corrupt and deceitful ways. David T. Hardy and Jason Clarke say this populist, muckraker image is pure whitewash. Believing that this charade has gone on for too long, and done too much damage to the U.S., they have written this book to expose Moore as narcissistic and irresponsible and his body of work "as manipulative as totalitarian propaganda." To prove their point, they pick apart Moore's books and movies to illustrate how he is consistently manipulative, dishonest, and, at times, simply absurd. They show how he altered the timeline of Roger and Me in order to unfairly blame things on General Motors that happened before their layoffs, not as a result of them. Regarding Bowling for Columbine, the authors explain how he took quotes out of context and reassembled them to give the impression that people made speeches they did not make---most famously his interview with Charlton Heston, then president of the NRA. They also illustrate how Moore manipulated statistics in his books Dude, Where’s My Country and Stupid White Men to fit his theories, making some truly outrageous claims in the process. The authors have certainly done their homework, and it's impossible to view Moore's work the same way after reading this book. "How does a man with so many contradictions manage to blind his enormous trove of followers to how hypocritical he really is? How does he get away with it?" they ask. If the authors have their way, he won't much longer. Now that Moore has joined the ranks of the rich and powerful, Hardy and Clarke have engaged in bit of muckraking of their own. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

After ten years of service as an attorney with the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., David T. Hardy returned to Tucson, Arizona, where he has handled everything from death penalty appeals to First Amendment cases. He is the creator of Mooreexposed.com.

Jason Clarke has been at different times a telemarketer, proofreader, and an unemployed American. He is currently a website developer and writer living in New England. He founded Moorelies.com following the 2003 Academy Awards, and has since become one of the loudest voices answering Michael Moore's every public outburst.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060779608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060779603
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (666 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,169,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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122 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Ms_Scout on August 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book from Amazon and just finished reading it a few days ago. I wanted to read the whole book before I posted a review. Along the way I have read other reviews, and I know without a doubt that some of these one-star reviewers haven't read this book. One reviewer stated this book is satire, and not very good satire. This book is NOT satirical. The men who wrote this book really did their homework and research, with pages of sources in the back that any of us can look up.

I agree with a couple other reviewers who have said the title of this book is very misleading as to the contents of the book. I understand why they named it "Michael Moore is a big, fat stupid white man." It is a combination of Al Franken's early 1990s book title about Rush Limbaugh, and Michael Moore's "Stupid White Men". There is a bit of humor here and there. At the beginning of the book the authors give us a time line between 1989 through the present of Michael Moore words and actions, and how we can know what will happen by what Moore says. Whatever he says - the opposite will happen.

I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't know much about Moore and his background. I didn't, and I learned alot - from his first so-called documentary "Roger and Me," (GM president Roger Smith) up to his latest propaganda piece. "Fahrenheit 9/11" had not been released at the time this book went to press, but the authors accurately hit the nail on the head telling the reader what will be in it, just by knowing Moore's history and how predictable he is.

I found this book to be so informative I began to keep a pencil handy to underline and check certain passages so I could refer back to them later.
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66 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Michael Erisman on September 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
First I think it needs to be said that the title of this book is inappropriate and uncalled for. It is an obvious play on Moore's own attempts at degrading and insulting others in his book "Stupid White Men". That said, it is simply unfortunate the authors here chose to dig a hole down to Moore's level because the information and facts in this book are too important to be dismissed because of the insulting book title. I fear that the factual information will not be read by those who are turned off by the title. I have enjoyed some of Moore's work, and in fact gave "Downside This" a favorable review here, but Moore obviously has some issue with his tactics, which are exposed in this book.

In regards to the book content, it is excellent. I am sure by now that everyone knows Michael Moore is far from the "man of the people" he pretends to be. He is a very wealthy member of the celebrity circles, owns more than one million dollar home, and in fact is quite smug about his wealth. He charges up to 30k to speak out about the perils of wealthy, white men, which in a twist of irony he seems unaware of - he is. In fact several Moore quotes show a man who is overtly arrogant about his wealth and how he has become rich while other journalists are struggling by "playing by the rules".(page 120).

In regards to his films and books, it is unfortunate he falsifies information to the extent he does. I think that he makes some good points. In "Bowling for Columbine" I agreed with his stance on gun control, yet he wasn't content with facts, he had to lie and misrepresent the truth to get there.
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110 of 134 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a librarian I believe very strongly in the value of the first amendment, which protects the right an individual american has to speak his or her mind. This book is a brave and important balance to the work of Michael Moore, who has openly denounced and threatened legal action against those who challenge his assertions.
As Americans, we need to remember that free speech can be taken from us not only by our government but by individuals who would threaten, menace, and use the weight of their status as celebrities to silence dissent and exert influence. In this book - and in other works of film and print that are emerging - we are finally seeing a response, an intelligent response to unbalanced propaganda that is presented as fact. It is a brave and important work, and should be read by any who are concerned about the influence of propaganda in society.
Propaganda is poison for democracy. Read this book and you will learn a great deal about America's preeminent propagandist.
Read this book, and support free speech!
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73 of 88 people found the following review helpful By KRHealey on June 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I would recommend this book for any American who is overcome with nausea every time an uninformed friend or relative fires off a quote from Moore's bestseller Stupid Whire Men or calls Bowling for Columbine a masterpiece. In this book, author's Hardy and Clarke go for the throat with documented facts (Moore could learn a thing or two), and point out the mis-truths, half-truths and out right lies in Moore's books and movies. Still more amusing and interesting are the authors efforts to show the reader the real Moore: A self riteous, libelous and angry man who produces vitriolic leftist propoganda and refuses to acknowledge his critics -- choosing instead to spew out conspiracy theories and lawsuits everytime his work is challenged.
Hardy and Clarke may find that they are preaching to the choir with their critique of Moore's work and character and their blow by blow analysis of his 'documentaries,' but they hit the nail on the head and should be commended for their guts (as Moore has loudly threatened legal action against his 'wacko attackos').
Disregard the criticism in the previous posts. Its doubtful the critics have read the book. If they did they'd have to take a long look in the mirror as this book exposes Moore and his blind followers for the true, lying, whiny malcontents that they are.
Final word: Buy the book. Its a very well researched and written critique of America's foremost blowhard.
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