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Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life [Hardcover]

Michael Moore
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Book Description

13 Sep 2011

Here Comes Trouble is Michael Moore's anti-memoir. Breaking the autobiographical mould, he hilariously presents twenty far-ranging, irreverent vignettes from his own life.

Moore is his own meta-Forrest Gump, as one moment he's an eleven-year old boy stuck on a Senate elevator with Bobby Kennedy, and the next moment he's inside the Bitburg cemetery with a dazed and confused Ronald Reagan. Changing planes in Vienna, he escapes death at the hands of the terrorist Abu Nidal (others weren't so lucky). He founded his first underground newspaper in fourth grade. He refused to be on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite at sixteen ('There's not enough Clearasil in the world for that to happen'). And he became the youngest elected official in the country at age eighteen by enlisting an 'army of local stoners' who had no idea what they were doing as his campaign staff.

Before Michael Moore became the Oscar-winning filmmaker and all-round rabble rouser and thorn-in-the-side of corporate and right-wing America, there was the guy who had an uncanny knack of just showing up where history was being made. This book is a wild, revealing, take-no-prisoners ride through his early life. Alternately funny, eye-opening, and moving, this is a book Michael Moore has been writing - and living - for a very long time.

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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: 331,998 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 )

About the Author

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
5.0 out of 5 stars A political Bill Bryson... 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome thorn in the flesh 5 Nov 2011
By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Here Comes Trouble 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A real American hero 29 Aug 2012
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I've admired Michael Moore for years. His documentaries, especially "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Sicko" were superb pieces of work. However, one of the main reasons I have a massive amount of time for Michael is because my Father was due to go, with a friend, to hear him speak during one of his UK tours. Unfortunately, owing to an advanced stage of cancer sapping his strength, he was unable to go. His friend promised to get a book for him and waited, after the show, to get it signed. Michael had a massive queue, so when my Dad's friend asked him to sign it to my Father, Michael said that, sorry, he wasn't doing dedications because of the sheer number of people waiting to have their books signed. When my Dad's friend explained the circumstances, not only did he personalise the book, he took the cap of his head and asked my Dad's friend to give it to my Dad and that he wished him a speedy recovery. Unfortunately, my Dad didn't live that much longer, but he was thrilled to have the personalised book and Michael's cap (which I now own), so that act of kindness and humanity has meant that I have a massive amount of respect and admiration for the man.

Personal story aside, I had been an admirer of Michael's work for some time previously and had a few of his books, as well as having watched his "TV Nation" programmes on British television when they were first screened. This excellent book, a collection of stories about Michael's life, has only strengthened my admiration for someone I regard as a true American patriot, someone who stands up for the underdog, who campaigns against injustices, who uses humour and wit as a weapon against ignorance and exploitation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Really enjoyed this book - I'll definitely read a good few times more, which is testament to how much I liked it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Not so much an autobiography but rather a collection of interesting stories (as the title suggests) from Michael Moore's life. Read more
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After reading a few of Moore's previous books and admiring his capacity to stand up for what he truly believes in, in the face of increasingly heavy criticism, I was keen to learn... Read more
Published 17 months ago by N. Dodd
3.0 out of 5 stars Highly unlikely collection of allegedly true stories.
This is not nearly as entertaining as most of Moore's "issue-driven" work. It is, ostensibly, a collection of stories form Moore's life. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Glasgow Dreamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
A great read! Good old MM of Flint! Inspirational stories of Michael Moore's life growing up, a bit of information on how the man became the man he is!
Published 18 months ago by Lee Rotheram
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I am a fan of Michael Moore'a films and books. This was a good read, written with Moore's usual mixture of wit and poignancy. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Nicolette Laurence
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Michael Moore with a slight Twist
I enjoyed reading this book but then... I like Michael Moore, I am liberal thinking and I have found his films and previous works to be amusing and inspiring so perhaps I am bias. Read more
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