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Stupid White Men ...And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! Hardcover – February 19, 2002

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Stupid White Men, Michael Moore's screed against "Thief-in-Chief" George Bush's power elite, hit No. 1 at Amazon.com within days of publication. Why? It's as fulminating and crammed with infuriating facts as any right-wing bestseller, as irreverent as The Onion, and as noisily entertaining as a wrestling smackdown. Moore offers a more interesting critique of the 2000 election than Ralph Nader's Crashing the Party (he argued with Nader, his old boss, who sacked him), and he's serious when he advocates ousting Bush. But Moore's rage is outrageous, couched in shameless gags and madcap comedy: "Old white men wielding martinis and wearing dickies have occupied our nation's capital.... Launch the SCUD missiles! Bring us the head of Antonin Scalia!... We are no longer [able] to hold free and fair elections. We need U.N. observers, U.N. troops." Moore's ideas range from on-the-money (Arafat should beat Sharon with Gandhi's nonviolent shame tactics) to over-the-top: blacks should put inflatable white dolls in their cars so racist cops will think they're chauffeurs; the ever-more-Republicanesque Democratic Party should be sued for fraud; "no contributions toward advancing our civilization ever came out of the South [except Faulkner, Hellman, and R.J. Reynolds]," because it's too hot to think straight there; Korean dictator Kim Jong-il "has got to broaden himself beyond porn and John Wayne" by watching better movies, like Dude, Where's My Car? (which contains "all you need to know about America"). Whatever your politics, Stupid White Men should make you blow your stack. --Tim Appelo

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (February 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060392452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060392451
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Moore is a muckraker, an American original, and a versatile and funny man. He has written a noisy and important book. Despite its jokey title, it's about lots more than "stupid white men." Moore is righteously indignant about out current American state of affairs: the huge disparity between rich and poor, racism, pollution, unemployment, sinking educational standards, women's issues, American violence and media culture. (When he likes someone or something, you know it, too.). He supports his opinions with facts and figures. Helpfully, he includes specific instructions to readers who might want to contact their Congressional Representative (an act that Moore asserts can be quite effective), organize in their own communities, and intelligently make a difference.
Moore's first and easiest target in this book is the current administration and, in his view, wholly illegitimate ascendancy to the Presidency of George W. Bush. Moore is irate about what he views as Bush's appalling lack of "Presidential" qualifications, his untruthfulness regarding his past, and his vast array of family and financial connections. Moore's retelling of the stealing of the election, via the delivery of the Florida vote before the election ever took place (by the pre-Election day illegal disenfranchisement of thousands of Democratic voters) will shock readers. Although ignored by US media when it broke, it is factual, and it is appalling.
Moore's style, unfortunately, is part student activist and part class clown. This clash of roles is at times a hindrance to his effectiveness. He is funny, and he loves to kid around, but at times his humor is slapstick - which didn't always work for me.
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Whether or not you agree with Moore's political analysis, his views on economic racisms, and his contempt for the status quo - you WILL laugh. The facts can't be disputed, and he dispells just that - facts. This book SHOULD be in your collection.
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_Stupid White Men_ by Michael Moore was supposed to be published in October, but the copies printed in September were going to be shredded, since the publisher thought that humorous attacks on President Bush and his partners would not be welcome after 9-11. There was a quiet campaign to get it to readers, and HarperCollins eventually did the right thing: it has released the book unchanged and uncensored, and Moore has said he admires the courage it showed in doing so. You don't have to be a fan of Moore's famous anti-corporate, anti-racist, and anti-conservative views to appreciate that this is a real victory.
You would be right to assume that "President" Bush (as Moore likes to call him) will not be pleased by the book. Some of the chapters now have sort of a quaint ring, like "A Very American Coup," which explains what really happened to give Florida to Bush in the last election. It's not a matter of chads or butterfly ballots. Bush's brother and his aids were able to purge the polls of black voters, who would have turned out for Gore. It took the BBC to uncover this story, and by the time the American papers got it, no one was very interested. There is plenty more sleaze to this tale, which Moore obviously enjoys telling, and if you want to check on what he claims, he gives references at the end of the book; there are few humor books with a "Notes and Sources" section. It may no longer be unpatriotic to poke fun at the current President, but Moore does not restrict himself to Bush bashing, being equally tough on Clinton and Gore. There are wonderful shots fired here, and a good laugh on almost every page.
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Michael Moore has an uncanny knack for speaking up just when he is needed most.
Over the past year or so, I've read quite a few books about the stolen election, lack of media freedom, foreign relations, and plenty of books that have some liberal agenda to them (environment / bio-food / political repression of dissent). After reading all those books, I've sort of developed a defeatist attitude. Positive, progressive change looked so distant and remote that I only seemed to want to know more, but not do anything about it.
Many conservatives feel that liberals are weak and don't like to fight. These conservatives have obviously never been to a Michael Moore reading or a Ralph Nader rally. Democrats of the last few years have been silent, even though they are a majority. In violation of the old proverb "let sleeping dogs lie", Bush II and his far right policies have aroused us and we have begun fighting back.
Every chapter in this book attacks the policies of the last three presidents plus our current governor. To all you republicans reading this, his numero uno target happens to be Clinton. Imagine that, someone criticizing a member of his own political party. I think you republicans should try it once or twice.
In the chapter "Democrats, DOA," Moore indicts the democratic party for its rightward drift. He even rattles off a list of offenses that sound like Bush II but are Clinton policies and directives.
In "Idiot Nation," a chapter on the sad state of education and knowledge of foreign affairs in America, Moore takes on Bush's education policies and gives us a lesson in current heads of state around the globe.
The best chapter though has to be "We're Number One.
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