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Stupid White Men: ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! Paperback – 3 Oct 2002

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New edition edition (3 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844608670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844608676
  • ASIN: 0141011904
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 969,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stupid White Men, Michael Moore's screed against "Thief-in-Chief" George Bush's power elite, hit No. 1 at Amazon.com within days of publication. Why? It's as fulminating and crammed with infuriating facts as any right-wing bestseller, as irreverent as The Onion, and as noisily entertaining as a wrestling smackdown. Moore offers a more interesting critique of the 2000 election than Ralph Nader's Crashing the Party (he argued with Nader, his old boss, who sacked him), and he's serious when he advocates ousting Bush. But Moore's rage is outrageous, couched in shameless gags and madcap comedy: "Old white men wielding martinis and wearing dickies have occupied our nation's capital.... Launch the SCUD missiles! Bring us the head of Antonin Scalia!... We are no longer [able] to hold free and fair elections. We need UN observers, UN troops". Moore's ideas range from on-the-money (Arafat should beat Sharon with Gandhi's non-violent shame tactics) to over-the-top: blacks should put inflatable white dolls in their cars so racist cops will think they're chauffeurs; the ever-more-Republicanesque Democratic Party should be sued for fraud; "no contributions toward advancing our civilization ever came out of the South [except Faulkner, Hellman, and RJ Reynolds]," because it's too hot to think straight there; Korean dictator Kim Jong-il "has got to broaden himself beyond porn and John Wayne" by watching better movies, like Dude, Where's My Car? (which contains "all you need to know about America"). Whatever your politics, Stupid White Men should make you blow your stack. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'No Logo with gags.' Time Out. 'A really great, hilarious, rollicking, fantastic read' Miranda Sawyer 'The angrier Moore gets, the funnier he gets.' San Fransciso Chronicle

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr James T Ellis on 14 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
Michael Moore, I take my slightly grubby baseball hat off to you sir...
I found 'Stupid White Men', although genuine to its very core, to be slightly naive. However, the simplicity could be the intention of the author.
If Moore, and I believe this to be the case, wants to reach Middle America with his views then I think he succeeds. If the book is an attempt to galvanise an electorate even more apathetic and disaffected than in this country then I think he succeeds.
Where I think the book fails is in its inability to be much more than a tub-thumping rant. That is his style and I accept that, but by doing this he suffocates some serious points and skirts some issues which he could have spent more time discussing rather than say, his reasons for choosing to buy a mini-van. However as I say, he is a comedian and while trying to keep the theme light, you can forgive the authors reluctance to substantiate his statements with any real depth.
The exception to this I would say is the fantastic expose of the Bush/Cheney election farce. This first chapter of the book is worth the price alone. If an American citizen can read and understand this without wanting to vomit on the lawn of the white house, then they are a more tolerant nation than I give them credit for.
I think Moore is going for the populist vote and why not? It needs more books of this nature to be read by the masses that perhaps cannot get to grips with other political texts.
Stupid White Men is funny and intelligent. It's a good diversion from more serious authors such as Chomsky and Pilger and certainly one for the uninitiated.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julia Whitfield on 28 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
Michael Moore's book Stupid White Men assesses the questionable state of modern American politics and its democracy with a critical eye. The book provides a refreshing and humorous review of American politics, which the myopic mainstream American media has neglected. It is a political easy read, which may be why it's remained on The New York Times bestseller list for over forty weeks running. This accessibility may also explain why its popularity has surpassed many other books regarding American politics published over the last two years. Despite Moore's popularity his writing does require some literary and journalistic criticism.
Moore's rants of rage through personal attacks and cheap shots at the Bush administration and the rich are comical but detract from the real political issues and the validity of his arguments. The book is laced with "facts and figures" but lacks the academic finesse and journalistic integrity of a true documentary. If one were inclined to check all of his footnote references (like Ben Fitz), it would be obvious that at least some of his facts are inaccurate. Anyone with a slightly sceptical mind would be inclined to confirm most of these facts elsewhere before quoting them to a friend. And if you've learned anything from the book, you will check all the facts you're reading!
Despite some factual flaws it is a pleasant relief to see some Americans critically examining their country's politics at home and abroad. And if nothing else, the book will definitely get you laughing out loud.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bill Quigley on 18 Nov. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Michael Moore seems to be a fine patriot, in the finest sense of the word. Not following the blind opinion that "my country is the best, my countrymen are the best", he turns the spotlight on his own people and is heavily critical of American politics, politicians, culture, but in a highly amusing and irreverant fashion. The chapters on the election of President Dubya are fascinating reading. Similarly, his opinions on the so-called "recycling" trend, are thought-provoking and intelligent. Moore is a fine patriot because with his unique style of questioning and challenging of the authorities, he is seeking to improve the society in which he lives. Moore cares enough to take unpopular stands against big business, and throughout the book he encourages us to look beyond the obvious when following the news, and to take an active part in society rather than letting it pass us by.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By riteofspring on 3 Mar. 2004
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If you are at all concerned about the direction in which the "free world" is stumbling blindly after 9-11, then you should read this. If you are not concerned, you should DEFINITELY read this.
The first chapter alone, about the tactics used by Bush to "win" the last presidential election, will bring an involuntary grimace to your face. You always thought there was something fishy about Florida... now read the facts. They are more appallingly fascinating than you ever imagined. I will never write "President" Bush again without the adjective in quotes.
However, this is not just a rabid anti-Bush diatribe. In the interest of fairness, Moore brings us up to date on the state of the Democratic party. Admitting that while a Democrat in the hand is better than two Bushes in the Whitehouse, they do not represent any real alternative by way of policy.
Refreshingly, Moore keeps his faith, and presents some positive advice on how to stop the corporate rot. This ranges from simple tips for the lone reader in the West, to an ambitious directive to the entire oppressed Palestinian population describing how to organise an efficient and effective protest. His solutions to the World's ills, when not obviously facetious, are based upon common-sense and fair-mindedness. For example, his solution the crisis in the Middle-East could have been thought up any well-educated, round-minded individual willing to have a decent stab at it. And, as it happens, would probably work. His strength is not to devise some revelatory masterplan for World Peace, but to state the obvious and raise the harder question: "so why hasn't anybody tried this"?
As the chapters roll eagerly on at speed, subject matter can vary in quality.
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