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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 1.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,022 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 By Diver2812 on 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 By "loot72" on 21 Feb 2004
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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 By Joe Sherry on 20 Aug 2004
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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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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bennion on 11 Oct 2003
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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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