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Will They Ever Trust Us Again?: Letters from the War Zone to Michael Moore Hardcover – 21 Oct 2004

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; First Printing edition (21 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713998547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713998542
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,865,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of international bestsellers Stupid White Men and Dude, Where's My Country, Michael Moore broke all box office records for his documentgary Fahrenheit 9-11 which won the 2004 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Robinson on 7 Oct. 2004
Format: Hardcover
One novel technique used by war authors, and it is used here by Moore, is to use letters from the soldiers written home as source material. These letters give some insights into the events on the ground as seen by the soldiers.
One of my favourite books is by the author Malcolm Brown. He wrote five or six books on WWI, one being the Imperial war Museum Book of the Western Front. In that particular book, he uses letters from the troops to describe the pointlessness of WWI and the death and fighting faced by the opposing forces at close range. Often he just published their letters with comments. In many cases the soldiers make negative comments about their leaders, especially the military leaders. Nobody would say Brown is a nut, he is considered to be a good writer.
Well we have a similar situation here but less graphic than the movie Saving Private Ryan or a Brown book. I have gone through this new Moore book and some of the ideas are similar to Brown and others from prior wars. But in the modern era we do not have to sift through the old letters sent home by the troops. Michael Moore has received what must be thousands of e-mails. Some of these come from the troops especially in Iraq. He has taken a hundred or so of the most interesting, and without much input or writing he has put together a 200 page book of e-mails mostly from the troops. Each one is a page or two long, but mostly he has selected those that are two pages. Each e-mail has the return e-mail address of the senders plus some other information. At the back he has a list of agencies that help the troops and others with relief work.
Technically speaking Moore is not writing the book, but rather he is gathering and editing these "short stories" as a coherent collection mostly written by the troops.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By F. Sweet on 13 Jan. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Michael Moore compiled a couple of hundred, unsolicited letters from combat soldiers in the Iraq War. In his compilation "Will They Ever Trust Us Again?" Moore castigates the American news media for covering up the truth in Iraq --- truth that pours out of the emails from soldiers published in his book. Moore castigates himself and his countrymen for not doing enough to support the troops by stopping the greedy, hubristic madmen, who've infested 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, in Washington DC, from killing and maiming our young men and women --- tragically order to fight in Iraq on the basis of outrageous lies.
Adding to the letters in Moore's books, I'd like to add another one from a mother:
"I am the mother of identical 22-year-old twins, both members of the Mississippi Army National Guard. Both have been activated in the same unit for training here in Mississippi and for deployment to Iraq in January.
"I read Ms. Allison's comments and, finally, was able to identify with someone in this alternate universe I suddenly find myself residing in. I also feel her frustration, her fear, her all-encompassing anxiety and most of all her overriding anger.
"Like Ms. Allison, I can no longer seem to communicate at all with my family's members, all of whom are also right-wing, religious, knee-jerk supporters of Bush. When they vaguely ask me how my sons are doing, I just as vaguely reply fine. I really have no one other than my husband to express my feelings to. Living in Mississippi precludes most thoughtful discussion of the war, the President or any other topic relating to this Administration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Clag on 16 April 2010
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I flicked through this book whilst volunteering at an Oxfam (because I am a modern-day saint, kind of like Jesus) and would like to share an observation with you.

All these troops wrote to Moore not just due to their grievances, but because they liked his movies. Therefore, the majority of the letters seem to either begin or end with a phrase along the lines of "Mr Moore, I saw your movie, thank you for having the courage to speak the truth - you are a true American". Lets put it this way - he doesn't feel the need to excise these parts.

If I were compiling a book of this kind, the first thing I would want to do would be to edit any reference within the letters to my own previous work, in order to keep the book "on-topic" and stop it looking like a vanity project. The fact that Moore didn't do this is a very telling insight into his true motive here.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gerben Kappert on 12 Nov. 2005
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This book wasn’t difficult. Moore has become a public figure, though he needed an Oscar speech to become the household name he is nowadays. Everyone seems to have an opinion about him and his work, yet few really know him or his work.
This book is a direct result of his fame. Everyone who disagrees with the president (quite a few at the moment) feels that through Moore their discontentment can easily be released. When soldiers started writing to Moore from Afghanistan and Iraq, the concept was clear. People need to know about this, so compile the letters and call it a book.
The book consists of four different parts. First soldiers writing about what is wrong with the war. Secondly more soldiers, just not those in Iraq but elsewhere on the planet. Then letters from veterans from former wars and finally the ones close to the soldiers give us their opinions.
I’m afraid the book wasn’t everything I expected. Okay, so I got confirmation of the fact that most soldiers do not support the case they are fighting for. Apart from that it seems that the impression that not even the US army has any idea why they are in Iraq is correct.
I was already halfway into the book, when I finally read the first letter that actually touched me. “Death in Iraq has a face” by Margaret Reimer. The subject says a lot: “President Bush killed my student today”. She tells Moore about her former student who went to Iraq. His wife is still a student of her. Very touchingly she describes how she got to know the couple and how much his death affects her life. Only a few more letters like this have made it into the final edit of this book.
Interesting book. As often before, I am still wondering why some people seem to think that violence can be a solution for problems.
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