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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; 1st Edition edition (13 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071399701X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713997019
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hilarious (Guardian )

A comic genius (Independent )

Caustic, breakneck, tell-it-like-it-is ... He's a genuine populist; a twenty-first century pamphleteer (Observer )

Moore has mastered the rare trick of being passionate and funny at the same time (New Statesman )

Moore is a worldwide force ... a cultural icon (The Times )

Outstanding ... with the book's emotional highs and lows, and self-deprecating, empathetic style, Moore triumphs. ... enlightening, engaging, and occasionally enraging (Publisher's Weekly )

Here Comes Trouble is by far Mr. Moore's best book...[his] coming of age as a working-class malcontent is...something to behold. It's the story of a big lunk who learns to yoke his big mouth to a sense of purpose. It persuades you to take Mr. Moore seriously, and it belongs on a shelf with memoirs by, and books about, nonconformists like Mother Jones, Abbie Hoffman, Phil Ochs, Rachel Carson, Harvey Pekar and even Thomas Paine. (Dwight Garner New York Times )

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In addition to his work as a bestselling author, Michael Moore is the award-winning director of Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko and Capitalism: A Love Story. He lives in Michigan.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Betts VINE VOICE on 28 Sep 2011
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I've watched all of Moore's films and have always followed his line of reasoning, I will flag at this point that I am a bit of a liberal so if you hold Charlton Heston or Reagan as your heroes, then this probably isn't the book for you.

Moore writes with great humour, intelligence, wit and, at times, poignancy. This is more essays about parts of his life that shaped him into the renowned film maker that he is and the friends/enemies he created along the way. I enjoyed this book so much (the writing style reminds me very much of Bill Bryson) that I read it cover to cover almost without pause.

A book that will entertain, challenge and if you're a free-market capitalist, quite possibly annoy. Much like Moore himself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TheRedBlueBlur VINE VOICE on 15 Oct 2011
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This is a really funny, moving and challenging book, filled with interesting short tales from Michael Moore's life, that leave you wondering what a difference we all could make if we just spoke out against the injustices that we see every day.

Each story gives you a little more understanding about how he became the man who challenged the system and made many friends and some powerful enemies. Sometimes I felt like he was beginning to blow his own trumpet or seek the sympathy vote but then he would qualify his position with heartfelt humility or dry humour.

I would recommend this book as it is very readable due to his writing style and its short story structure. But mainly because it makes you stop and look at yourself, and we could all do with a shake-up now and then to remind us that we are part of history in the making not just bystanders...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Nov 2011
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This is a fascinating, well written snapshot of the politicisation of Michael Moore. Not a linear autobiography, more a view of what shaped him in becoming a camapigner for justice, transparency and the rights of the little man and woman.

As another reviewer noted - this is Bill Bryson in style - witty, self-deprecating, articulate - but with added political awareneess. This book got teeth!

Moore may annoy some with his opinionated, forthright pronouncements (not me!) but until the wider world, political and corporate systems are run openly, transparently, with fairness, integrity, compassion for all as their agenda - we need the Michael Moores like we need clean air and unpolluted water. It was quite humbling to read how early Moore's kick-ass insistence on real fairness and justice began - and how one person, at the right moment, can have a huge and positive effect. Moore is not painting himself as some sort of amazing hero - what he is showing, in this book, is 'don't believe that your own single voice, taking a stand, is powerless' Not just standing up for the little man and woman, but showing how the little man himself (as he was, before he became powerful and MICHAEL MOORE) can make a real difference. This book basically says 'don't believe you are powerless. That's what the powerful want you to believe, so you think there is no point in challenging them'

A great read - educative AND entertaining
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Nov 2011
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This book contains short stories based on events that took place in the early years of Michael Moore's life. It begins with Michael Moore being asked, in an interview by CNN's Bill Hemmer in July 2004, what he thought the American people felt about him. "I've heard people say they wish Michael Moore were dead," Hemmer claims. At this time, Moore had been told that nobody in the US, other than the President Bush, was in more danger. He had suffered threats, assaults and intimidation after a speech at the 2003 Oscar ceremony caused outrage. Still, the suggestions he should be killed being given openly on US television shocked him enough to end up almost in hiding, before coming back better than ever.

For those who have enjoyed Michael Moore's documentary films, you will know what to expect. This is the man who made "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Bowling for Columbine". He makes intelligent, provocative and hard hitting documentaries and he is also a very funny guy. "Here Comes Trouble" has lots of evidence that Moore has always been interested in politics and in exposing injustice. Some of the events in this book involve famous names - being helped by Robert Kennedy as a child, when he became lost in the Capitol building, or being telephoned by John Lennon offering support with a newspaper he was running. However, mostly they are about events that shaped him and his view of the world. Whether it is seeing neighbours flee because of the 1967 riots in nearby Detroit, trying to fathom ways to stop being drafted for the war in Vietnam, witnessing the magnificently named Father Ogg show how to conduct an exorcism at the seminary, having a friend almost die at the hands of a backstreet abortionist, running for the school board, or making a film about white supremacists, this is a fascinating account of the man and his beliefs. An excellent, interesting and humorous read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Oct 2011
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Michael Moore is a passionate, forthright and loud campaigner, strongly labelled `a left winger' in the US. Infamous because he used an Oscar acceptance speech to make a statement about George Bush's invasion of Iraq and this stirred up a storm that suggested Moore was anti American and anti military which was far from true - his views were that valuable American lives were being put at risk on the basis of lies about WMD. So you can agree or disagree with his views but it is important to understand his views come from passion, not hatred.

This is an easy and quite entertaining read, on occasion you have to live with an evangelical and self congratulatory style but equally Moore does let you see other aspects of his personality and his background. No standard autobiography this, it is a selection of stories about his youth but it starts with the Oscar incident, presumably so you can see how the boy turned into the left leaning film-maker. Actually I found this less about a current political view (although there is obviously a touch of this) but more about a boy growing up in 1950's America and suffering the inadequacy of youth in a changing world. His Mum was actually a Republican and his dad a Democrat but he was brought up in a house where reading, questioning and debate was encouraged. Not built like an athlete and awkward around girls, we see Moore's early inquisitive nature and the first steps on the path that has taken him to where he is today. But it is amazing how he seems to be in the right (or wrong) place at the right (or wrong) time!

At times this is interesting, funny, sweet and poignant but by its nature of selected elements it lacks a little something that would have made this a great read instead of an interesting one.
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