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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful , insightful and Moving, September 13, 2011
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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.
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Initial post: Sep 14, 2011 10:53:09 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2011 3:31:11 PM PDT
Mitch says:
Thanks Virginia glad you caught this , my eyes aren't as good as they used to be .

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2011 9:39:19 AM PDT
I knew somebody would complain about the piddly mistakes in this excellent review and people who do that are like the people Michael is taking to task for being uncaring. Some people have reasons for poor grammar/spelling and I don't care what the reasons are. Would you correct someone's grammar as they speak? Same thing. If he wanted someone to edit his review he would have asked.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2011 6:15:54 PM PDT
C. Bryant says:
"What a petty and trivial comment. Geez!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2011 6:20:32 PM PDT
C. Bryant says:
Your review was beautifully written and helpful, Mitch. Thank you!

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 5:52:18 AM PDT
K. Elmore says:
Mitch, you said exactly what I wanted to. It was such a good book, I'm trying to talk my tea-bagger, but also history buff, mom into reading it. If she could put away her knee-jerk reaction to his name, she would really enjoy it! Kim

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011 3:24:07 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 21, 2012 1:08:04 PM PDT
Mitch says:
Thank you Wow so nice to have such wonderful feedback on this review . Truly the author deserves all the credit though .

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011 3:25:20 PM PST
Mitch says:
I sympathize as I have the same experience with some of my nearest and dearest . They just will not read it but I share tidbits with them anyway .

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 2:26:21 AM PST
Susla says:
Mitch, I couldn't have said it better myself, so I won't! I get really impatient with my folks back home who think Moore is a stinker, even though they refuse to see any of his movies or read any of his books. He is an unlikely reincarnation of J.C., but if any of the neo-cons would for a minute take off their Fox-tinted blinders and have a closer, unprejudiced look, they would realise that he is about the closest thing, at least in our present day, of everything J.C. stood for: peace, compassion, forgiveness, fairness.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2012 1:09:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 21, 2012 1:09:53 PM PDT
Mitch says:
Amen Sulsa , you have expressed another good point well made ! I came on to buy another copy to Gift , and saw your post , TY .
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