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.