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Michael Moore
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17 Jun 2004

From the director of Fahrenheit 9/11 and author of Stupid White Men, Michael Moore's Dude, Where's My Country? is an instruction manual for taking back America from corrupt corporations and crooked politicians.

He's the man everyone's talking about. He's taken on gun freaks, stupid white men and corporate crooks. Now Michael Moore is on a new mission: to get us of our behinds and kicking out the corrupt political elites who rule our lives.

Dude gives you the ammunition: why it's time for regime change at Number Ten; the whoppers spun to wage war on Iraq and make a killing; the 'special relationship' between George of Arabia and the bin Ladens; obscene tax breaks for the rich - and how Mike's going to get everybody together to get rid of Dubya. Not to mention how to stop terrorism (stop terrorizing Third World countries!!!), talk to your conservative brother-in-law and get non-voters voting. It's time to stop bitching, get reading - and get your country back.

'Michael Moore is the sand in the underpants of the Bush administration'?

'Washington's No.1 pain in the jacksie ... Dude is a call to arms, a guide book on how to win the debate with right-wingers and generally a good laugh'
  Daily Mirror

'What Moore has to say needs saying again and again. Having read this book, I would even vote for him'?

'Rich with facts, gags, self-deprecation and righteous indignation ... it will rouse readers here and in the US to timely revolt'?

Author of international bestsellers Stupid White Men and Dude, Where's My Country, Michael Moore's 2002 film Bowling for Columbine won the Anniversary Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the 2002 Academy Award for Best Documentary. His 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11 won the 2004 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and is the highest-grossing documentary of all time. Released in 2007, Moore's documentary Sicko, focused on the American healthcare system, was nominated for an Oscar.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (17 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141013001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141013008
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Plenty of liberal scholars, entertainers and pundits have railed against the hoodwinking of the American people, but Michael Moore's Dude, Where's My Country? stands out for its thoroughly positive perspective. He says America has been tricked by Republican lawmakers and their wealthy corporate pals, who use a combination of concocted bogeymen and lies to stay rich and in control. Moore is angry and has harsh words for George W Bush and his fellow conservatives concerning the reasoning behind going to war in Iraq, the collapse of Enron and other companies, and the relationship between the Bushes, the Saudi Arabian government and Osama bin Laden. But his book is intended to serve as a handbook for how people with liberal opinions (which is most of America, Moore contends, whether they call themselves liberals or not) can take back their country from the conservative forces in power.

Moore uses his trademark brand of confrontational, exasperated humour skilfully as he offers a primer on how to change the world view of one's annoying conservative blowhard brother-in-law, and he crafts a surprisingly thorough "Draft Oprah for President" movement. Refreshingly, Dude, Where's My Country? avoids being completely one-sided, identifying areas where Moore believes Republicans get it right and making some cutting criticisms of his fellow lefties. Such allowances, brief though they may be, make one long for a political climate where the shouting polemicists on both sides would see a few more shades of grey. Dude, Where's My Country? is a little bit scattered, as Moore tries to cram opinions on Iraq, tax cuts, corporate welfare, Wesley Clark and the Patriot Act into one slim volume--and the penchant to go for a laugh sometimes gets in the way of clear arguments. But such variety also gives the reader a broader range of his bewildered, enraged yet stalwartly upbeat points of view. --John Moe


"A comic genius" -- Independent

"Furious and funny" -- Time Out

"Moore is a wake up call, a call to action, a kick in the mental backside" -- Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It will raise a smile and the odd eyebrow 7 Nov 2003
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For those of you who have read the author before then you'll know what to expect. For first-timers I would recommend Stupid White Men first then this one. Its not all a lengthy Anti-Bush polemic, there are some respectful nods to Republican America, and some gentle ribbing of the left. It also notes the difference between Britain and the U.S. and U.K. in our attitudes to politicians. Brits don't trust them and find it risible if they try to wrap themselves in the Union Flag, imagine Tony B. saying 'God Bless Great Britain'. Yet its a fixture in every U.S. Presidents speeech. I loved the idea of getting Oprah to run for President. Its witty, thought provoking and in some places scary. Moore is not afraid to lay the foibles of both the right and left on the table and poke them with a sharp wit. Will someone start a Micheal Moore for President campaign soon, if Martin Sheen won't run and Oprah won't take a pay cut then Mike's your man.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A noble effort 21 Feb 2004
Unlike many of the reviewers writing here, I hadn't really had much exposure to Michael Moore's TV, cinematic or written output before reading this book. It's hard not to like the man - he's kicking in the right direction - but `Dude, Where's My Country?' seems to fall between two stools, being neither scholarly in its analysis, nor exactly a screamingly hilarious piece of satire. If you read the likes of Fisk and Chomsky, you'll find rather more incisive dissections of American foreign policy, and, in the UK at least, you'll probably get more laughs at the Bush administration's expense watching Rory Bremner.
Possibly the best reason to admire the book is the author's unrelenting conviction of its ability to motivate the average American to get along to the polling booths and use their vote to make a difference. In cynical times, it's quite refreshing to read this re-affirmation of faith in the democratic process, especially given Moore's own highlighting of its many flaws as applied to modern-day America. Unfortunately, this is one area where the book seems to fall down for non-American readers, since the last third or so of the volume is not really aimed at us at all, taking as read an appreciation of US domestic considerations which aren't really at the front of most British readers' minds.
Still, an entertaining enough read and, if Bush is ejected from the White House later in 2004, a book whose contribution to American political thinking we might well end up being grateful for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At least Moore discloses his bias openly 20 Aug 2004
Michael Moore has a definite bias. He is a liberal, believes his way is right, and that George W Bush and the Bush Administration are bad for America in nearly every possible way. Know this, and accept it going into this book. If a book from a man who has this viewpoint interests you, then you should read the book. If you are already offended, then you can stop reading the review and you should avoid Moore's book at all costs because it isn't for you because that is exactly what this book is about.
It is a good thing that Michael Moore cites where he got his sources from, because he makes some pretty outrageous claims about the Bush White House. In Stupid White Men, Moore wrote about how Bush stole the election. In Dude, Where's My Country, Michael Moore is taking on the lies that George Bush has told about why we went to war, and what the aims of the war truly are. Moore writes about the evils of conservatism (which I don't entirely agree with) and that one of the most important things that can be done in the next presidential election is to vote George Bush out of office. Moore gives a list of possible candidates (with Oprah being the most interesting, but Moore actually gives good reasons why Oprah should run and beat Bush), and his pick of the possible candidates (besides Oprah) is General Clark. Considering this book was written before Clark had ever announced his candidacy, that is a very interesting and well thought out choice.
Moore is not all anti-conservative in this book. He presents some things that he believes the Right has done well, and offers criticism of the left. He believes in his viewpoint very strongly, but it seems that he has also thought about it for some time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fighting your corner 11 Oct 2003
I bought this book in Las Vegas where the news was dominated by Roy Horn’s run in with a tiger and Arnie’s standing in the Californian polls, oh, and some Americans were lost in Iraq as well. The only time I remember seeing Bush on the news was when he was showing a TV crew around the White House.
The one thing seemingly missing on any channel was anybody asking difficult questions about anything other than baseball. This is where Moore comes in and as with his previous works he delves into some of the issues I am sure the current administration would hope had been forgotten.
The assistant at the book store told me she liked Moore but he just doesn’t know when to shut up (which I took to mean his Oscar speech), but hey, he has lost a few pounds. What better recommendation could you want? It clinched the sale for me anyway.
As a Brit, many of the topics and “coincidental” connections between US foreign policy and corporate interests are already familiar but many issues Moore raises came as a real surprise and the whole book is an insight into life in the USA post 9/11.
The opening chapter has seven questions for George Bush that hit hard and fast, are well referenced and clearly set the tone for the rest of book. One of the hardest hitters asks why when America was locked down after 9/11, with only F15s in the skies, members of the bin Laden family were being flown “to safety” out of the country (actually to Paris) courtesy of the FBI and Washington.
Subsequent chapters deal with a mix of fairly predictable topics: the paradox of Liberal America voting in a Republican president, the greed engendered by the American Dream, the creation of fear and subsequent erosion of liberty in the US.
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Throws the Iraq war into perspective, should be compulsory reading for fifteen year old's and above. Even allowing for author concession it's worthy of the read.
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A great read- this book explains a lot and shows that only a small percentage of Americans need kicking - the filthy rich !!!
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With a spark of humour and a serious depth to it. Moore sets out some convincing arguments against Bush holding him accountable for a catologue of... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars More from Moore
This is a very funny book in which Moore take great pleasure in bringing down everything that America holds dear; he seems to go from one subject to another without clearly... Read more
Published on 10 May 2006 by Gavieboy
2.0 out of 5 stars Methinks thou protesteth too much, Mike
Since this book was written, the key future event it builds up to has passed being the second election of Bush and also the choice of Kerry as the Democrat candidate. Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2005 by Siriam
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative & an eye opener as well as a bit of Bush-bashing
Micheal Moores' latest offering was informative at some level but very repetitive. It's not one of the best literary works around but does get the message across. Read more
Published on 4 July 2005 by Basil Khamis
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful.....Shame on you Mr Moore
This book is the worst book i have ever read, quite simply I hate the way he writes, its pure opinion and a shameful act of pure Negative thought. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2005 by bob
1.0 out of 5 stars Shameful
Moore once again carries the cross of a crusade he thinks no one can really argue against. He tends to contradict himself becoming fixated on Suadi Arabia's involvement in 9/11,... Read more
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