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Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American Paperback – Unabridged, August 12, 1997
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Moore is at his best as a prankster, whether it's trying to see if Pat Buchanan will take a campaign donation from the John Wayne Gacy Fan Club (yes) or whether he can have Bob Dornan committed to an insane asylum based on his bizarre behavior (no, but it was close). Moore is one of our sharpest satirists, and Downsize This! makes one wish he would write a "Sorry State of the Union" every year. But only if it doesn't cut into his moviemaking--that's too big a price to pay. --Michael Gerber
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Along with a satirical sense of honesty, Moore also throws in some very humorous commentary, like new and improved ways to vote for the President, and several jabs at certain politicians and corporations, especially a certain corporation he attacked in his documentary Roger and Me.
To read this book, an open mind is recommended. Moore's sharp wit and sense of being accurate, in most cases, may be too much for some to handle. This is obviously not a book for everyone, though I know many detractors and admirers on all sides of the political spectrum.
source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition - Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Look it up in any dictionary and you will get a similar definition. Notice it doesn't say anything about staying silent and never openly showing dissent towards your government. That's because our country was founded on the belief that we have the freedom of expression along with other freedoms...
Anyway, for those who actually want to READ the book, here are some of my thoughts on it.
Michael Moore, for those unfamiliar, is a one of todays most outspoken mainstream progressives. A die-hard supporter of Nader and the Green party, Moore is most well known for TV Nation and the indie movie "Roger and Me."
In "Downsize This," Moore takes on the both Democrats and Republicans in hilarious essays that will make you laugh while you growing angry. He also takes on that bane of Democracy: Large, rich corporations.
The best essay in the book is "Would Pat Buchanan Take a Check From Satan?" In it, Moore takes an old political trick from Buchanan's days with Nixon and uses it against Mr. Buchanan. According to Moore, Buchanan cashed checks from "The John Wayne Gacy Fan Club," (famous serial killer) and "Abortionists for Buchanan." Pat still hasn't cashed the Satan one yet.
Look for Moore's new book - "Stupid White Men...." It was nearly banned and destroyed because he dared criticize the President.
Moore sticks it to democrats and republicans in this book, (he opts for the term "republicrats") but his brand of humor and truth really seems to get on conservatives' last nerve. ...which is all the better.
You can see some of their silly reactionary replies here. Like Ryan Setliff from Lynchburg, VA who titles his review "For those who think a Job is a Right." He says: "They hold to a Marxist view that a job and economic security is an inherent right." Well, what's so humorous about this is not only the idea that Ryan would seemingly rather live in a country where the people can't get jobs and are economically insecure, but that it turns out that a job and economic security *ARE* actually basic and fundamental human rights.
Under the leadership of Eleanor Roosevelt, The "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" was adopted by the United Nations in 1948 and ratified by the United States. This document is basically the standard on which basic human rights are measured throughout the world, and it declares what we as individuals, and our governments, shall strive for in the modern world. Let's take a look at Article 23 of the UDHR shall we?:
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.Read more ›
At times the book becomes a bit rambling, but I can forgive that.
I hope more people will read and understand this book, and then go out and vote.
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The author of the book, Michael Moore, said that since making Roger and Me, he has listened to lots of stories from people who wanted to tell him what happened to their American... Read morePublished 23 months ago by William
This is a great book that shows how our elected officials corporations and people in power are really sticking it to the working man and trying to ruin our lives. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by chris
There was nothing I didn't like about it. I would compare it to his film, Sicko. People should know that Moore doesn't sugarcoat his views.Published on June 13, 2013 by Andre
Michael Moore writes in a casual language about criticism of his country situations, such that large companies receive subsidies and the common citizen, and the CEO of the... Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Eric Mascarin Perigault
I bought this book expecting to garner some information from the politicial left perspective, and wound up reading a total comedy, and thought it was pretty good. Read morePublished on May 18, 2012 by Tbone
I learned about this book when one day Michael Moore discussed it on C span. I didn't realize at the time that he was once an editor of Mother Jones Magazine. Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by Tom Dougherty
The nice thing about coming late in a book review is that my review will show up first for a long time to come. Read morePublished on August 31, 2010 by Bunny Bear