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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (October 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743271521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743271523
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,895,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Over the last year, Moore invited soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as their friends and family members, to send him letters. He received "thousands" of responses, mostly via his Web site, and this book presents a sampling of those transmissions. Some are short notes thanking Moore for Fahrenheit 9/11 and ranting against Republicans, but the vast majority are personal stories written with passion and an obvious mixture of emotions—anger at the Bush administration ("I signed a contract with the government to serve in our military, and proudly, but I never thought that our military would be used in such a self-serving, crooked, and disgraceful way"), remorse ("It didn’t hit me until I saw Fahrenheit 9/11 that I was driving the ship that was sending planes to kill people"), fear ("I am wondering if this is the last Christmas I will spend with my son") and sorrow ("Chris, the dead young man, was a former student of mine. This incredibly stupid war now has a face and a name, and I find I can’t quit crying"). A recurring story is that of the naïve teenager who signed up "looking for some extra pocket money and a way to college" and who is now jaded, angry and searching for a way out. In his introduction, Moore writes, "What makes these comments unique and so intense is the fact that they are not the words of the Left or the rhetoric of the antiwar movement—they are the war movement." It’s clear, however, that many of the contributors are Left-leaning or firmly in the Democrats’ camp. Not a word of dissension (and it’s safe to assume the Moore has received letters from those who don’t agree with him) is included here. Nevertheless, this collection packs the emotional punch of a SCUD missile and will open readers’ eyes to the fact that it’s not just the country that’s divided; the soldiers fighting overseas are, too.
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About the Author

Author of international bestsellers Stupid White Men and Dude, Where's My Country, Michael Moore broke all box office records for his documentgary Fahrenheit 9-11 which won the 2004 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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456 of 507 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Balthazor on October 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am not an alleged soldier. I did write an email to Michael Moore, and gave him express permission to use portions of my email in this book. I felt compelled to respond to the reviewer who implied that I am not a real veteran of the Iraqi war and the 'war on terrorism.'

I wrote a letter to Mr. Moore after I returned from Iraq because when I was sent to Iraq in March 2003 and throughout my ten months of service in Baghdad I was extremely upset at fighting a war that was not necessary. When I and my comrades signed up for the Armed Forces we knew war was a possibility, but we trusted that our government and our leaders would only call upon us to risk our lives if war was absolutely necessary and only as a last resort. The Iraq war was not absolutely necessary and was not waged as a measure of last resort. Mr. Moore's recent documentary seemed to echo my sentiment, so I wrote him with some of my thoughts. You will now find some of these thoughts in his book.

Please at least flip through this book in the bookstore, if you can find it. We are real soldiers, and we are really upset at being used in a war that shouldn't be. I wouldn't expect the book to be filled with those soldiers and officers who support the war; generally, a lot of us at one point or another have had to convince ourselves that the war is necessary and good, which is sometimes the only way to keep yourself going. What you will see in the book are those us of who have stopped lying to ourselves, those of us who are now home, and some of us who were lucky enough to get out of the military so we can stop being pawns in a game we don't belong in.
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92 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hubby on October 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have read the book as I am interested in the troops. The book is not about Moore, its about the men and women who are serving or have served all over the world. Some of the letters are from officers, but mostly from the average soldier. The book also encludes the thoughts of their families.

The people who fight for our nation do not have a voice. The press doesn't report about them unless they are killed, and usualy not a name unless they are beheaded.

Our troops are real people who have a story to tell. I suggest you listen.
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136 of 155 people found the following review helpful By R. H. Henkle on October 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Dear Haters of Michael Moore,

I want you to know that I am one of the people featured in this book. I was contacted directly by Michael Moore's Personal assistant who was helping him in the compilation of the book. This was following my 12 May 2004 Nationwide UNPAID Article entitled "West Point Graduate and Disabled Desert Storm Veteran Speaks Out Against Iraq Occupation".

He very courteously asked me if I would allow Michael to publish either that or another article I had published in 9 states. It kind of reminded me how I have read from a number of families of soldiers and marines killed in Iraq who received no contact whatsoever from ANY administration officials after their sons deaths in Iraq. YET, they did get personal phone calls from John Kerry. I bet that makes you Bush Worshippers sick at your stomach to know that this commander in chief had not attended the funeral of a single deceased Iraqi Vet the last time I researched that in June.

To him Commander in Chief means as he stated at the War College Speech in May. "If more troops are needed I will send them" Shortly thereafter he said that it was a sacrifice he was willing to make. It reminded me of Lord Fahrquad in SHREK 1 when he reminded his troops that some of them would die but it was a sacrifice he was willing to make. Some speechwriter really screwed that one up, but just ask yourself WHAT LEVEL OF SACRIFICE will this President allow to get his "safe for democracy Iraq", his Safe For American Corporations and Oil Barons Iraq. That is what this is about and do not forget it!

I gave my permission to be in the book and added a caption specifically requesting for readers to vote and do what it takes to prevent a second Bush term on November 2nd.
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72 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Emily E. Riggs on October 9, 2004
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Having sat here and read the reviews for this book I am deeply disturbed by people who claim support for our men and women in uniform who are posting negative reviews of this book, regardless of how you feel about Michael Moore the letters are not written by him, Just because you feel that these letters do not represent the majority does that mean no one should listen to what they are saying. In the interest of fairness, I wrote a letter to Michael that appears in this book, I wrote it to him because no one in the mainstream "liberal" media wants to hear what the other side has to say. I would suggest to people that if you have enough time on your hands to actively seek out a book you haven't read to give it a bad review and you actively support this "president" and this war, The armed forces are looking for a few good men and women like you.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Chris Zimmerman on October 9, 2004
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Far more blunt about its subject than anything you'll find on network television, in TIME or Newsweek, or in your hometown paper, this book ought to be read by everyone who thinks they know the cost of war. That's because the words in it are not the half-truths of campaigners for public office. Nor are they the ramblings of diplomats and press secretaries. These are the unedited gripes of ordinary twenty-somethings who have been carted halfway across the globe to watch their peers be maimed-or killed and shipped home in body bags. Gathered in this book, their voices create an unsettling murmur; one that is growing and demanding a response. "We're pawns in a deadly game of chess," they seem to say. "We're being sacrificed on the altar of corporate greed and political ambition."

In post-September 11 America, many people consider such sentiments dangerous. Good citizens close their ears to the whisperings of dissent. God Bless America. Support Our Troops.

Ironically, safe as the latter slogan may seem, it's so vague that it can mean almost anything. Support the troops by sending over more? Support the troops by bringing them home? As it is, neither is likely to happen soon. For one thing, the Pentagon is running out of trained personnel; for another, there aren't any signs of a pullout on the horizon.

The troops you'll meet in Will They Ever Trust Us Again? offer a third alternative: Support the troops by listening to what they have to say about Iraq. Sadly, many people won't ever get to do that once they find out who compiled it. But this book is not about Michael Moore, and not (strictly speaking) even by him. Nor is it about the Bush family, or the Saudis, or Election Day.
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