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Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free [Kindle Edition]

Charles P. Pierce
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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The three Great Premises of Idiot America:
· Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units
· Anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough
· Fact is that which enough people believe. Truth is determined by how fervently they believe it

With his trademark wit and insight, veteran journalist Charles Pierce delivers a gut-wrenching, side-splitting lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States.
Pierce asks how a country founded on intellectual curiosity has somehow deteriorated into a nation of simpletons more apt to vote for an American Idol contestant than a presidential candidate. But his thunderous denunciation is also a secret call to action, as he hopes that somehow, being intelligent will stop being a stigma, and that pinheads will once again be pitied, not celebrated. Erudite and razor-sharp, Idiot America is at once an invigorating history lesson, a cutting cultural critique, and a bullish appeal to our smarter selves.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 419 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0767926145
  • Publisher: Anchor (29 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BH5HTY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #328,077 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Frightening. 2 Aug. 2011
By M.C.
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Being a fan of all (most) things American, I was relieved to discover this book is not wanton 'yank bashing'. It provides a fascinating insight into the lives and values of milions upon millions of Americans. It also shows how these people - the poor, the insular, the poorly educated, the religious and credulous - are actually exploited by the very people who claim to represent them. Great reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decline 13 Oct. 2013
Pierce's book puts into words what every other developed nation in the world suspects i.e. that, vast swathes of the American public are in effect stupid however the author misses some salient points.
He rightly targets the mind numbing nonsense peddled by the far right wing evangelical creationists who are obviously striving for a collective PhD in stupidity, but fails to articulate why these absurd beliefs have become so entrenched in American society.
No attempt is made to explain why Gerry Falwell, Pat Robinson, Ted Haggard, Jimmy Swaggart, Kent Hovind and the plethora of other frauds and charlatans and their associated rackets are held in such high esteem.
Why, are intellectual dullards (Regan & GW Bush) revered by the right wing and highly educated astute constitutional lawyer like Obama demeaned - is intelligence a "sin"?
It would suggest that there is a large section of the American population which has been failed by an educational system that although operating within the only country on earth which has the separation of church and state written into its constitution, is struggling to counteract belief in supernatural deities.
This book is worth reading mainly because it raises more questions than it answers and should engender within the reader concerns that the nation that put a man on the moon and has greatly contributed to science, literature, art and commerce may now be entering a period of steep decline.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 17 Jun. 2013
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Someone taking a stand against the stupidity of bowing to views that go against sense because they make money or are religiously motivated.
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This book could apply to any country, not just the USA. When people use their Gut Rather than their Brains idiocy rules. Read this book and discover how it works
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