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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Moore at his best...
This book reports on how the TV Nation series came into being, developed and finished. For those of you who were in Mars in the mid-nineties I explain: TV Nation was a satire of USA's social and political environment, a take on large corporations but above all a call to arms (figuratively speaking) against the many wrongs of today's society, be it american or...
Published on 20 Sep 2003 by Norberto Amaral

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a work of genius, but easy to read
Michael Moore: you've got to respect his intentions and values, but too often his methods are ineffectual or, frankly pointless. Some people don't see this. For example, in Fahrenheit 911 he attempted to make a point about the enlisting of the country's youth to fight in Iraq by trying to get congressmen to enlist their children. Well of course they won't do it... it's...
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Moore at his best..., 20 Sep 2003
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Norberto Amaral (Aveiro, Portugal) - See all my reviews
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This book reports on how the TV Nation series came into being, developed and finished. For those of you who were in Mars in the mid-nineties I explain: TV Nation was a satire of USA's social and political environment, a take on large corporations but above all a call to arms (figuratively speaking) against the many wrongs of today's society, be it american or otherwise.
I must say I identify with many of Moore's rants. He's got it quite right in many aspects; fortunately for everybody, he's got the means to get his own back at owners of car alarm makers (whose products drive us mad at night for no reason at all), KKK boneheads, Newt Gringrich, etc. He's had wonderful ideas and he has succeeded at implementing them in the funniest and unpredictable ways, such as employing Crackers, the Corporate Crime Fighting Super Chicken. No wise crack humour, this is much more serious than you and I could imagine.
One of the highlights of the book is the various attempts by NBC, then Fox, to censor many pieces. Some went to air without any compromise, some went to air with serious compromise (such as when Moore was made to put Cuba in second place after Canada in a "health systems" Olympiad, the US coming third; although it is widely known that Cuba has probably the best healthcare system in the world, Americans don't seem able to take on such "horrible" truth and would rather bury their heads in the sand than admit it. And if that's despite the 30 year long stupid embargo imposed by the Evil Empire, imagine what'd happen if Cuba had all the medical goods they need), and some didn't go to air at all, such as the story on the scandalous Savings and Loans fraudsters... For a nation that prides itself on political openness and freedom, I must say I don't see openness nor freedom, only stalinist-style repression of ideas. As always, opposites attract.
Another highlight is how TV Nation contributed with $5000 for a lobbyist... well, to lobby, for a TV Nation national day, approved by Congress. My golly, it worked! It's August 16th if you want to know. You'd never think how far $5000 would take you in the Congress, now you do. Why does no one question this in the US? If if is absolutely scandalous that anyone with $5000 can do this, immagine what they can do with a few million dollars and then you can see how defence contracts get approved, environment protection and health and safety laws forgotten to favour big corporations, or even how the United States of Amnesia can go to war with a largely defenceless country like Iraq. Surely they've never heard the maxim: "pick someone of your own size to fight".
Since this series, Michael Moore has gone on to write other books in the same vein, namely "Downsize this" and "Stupid White Men (and other sorry excuses for the state of the nation)". He recently directed a wonderful documentary, "Bowling Columbine", which went on to receive the Palme D'Or at Cannes (unheard of for a documentary) and even the Oscar for Best Documentary. Amazing, that to happen in the US, but then people are a bit more liberal in California, so we like to think.
This book comes as a bit of a disappointment though. Because it wasn't written by Moore himself, his bile, witnessable by his uppercase statements followed by many exclamation marks, isn't anywhere but in the introduction. Still, Kathleen Glynn's style, his co-producer of TV Nation, though not as exhuberant, is perfectly at ease with the subject and delivered a hugely entertaining book that acts not only as a denouncement of many of USA's facets of life but also as a TV series tie-in, with information on each of the episodes and such. A must for everyone who watched this and want to revive their memories...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars michael moore is a genius, 13 Feb 2003
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Louise Miller (Dublin, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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Although lasting only 17 episodes, TV Nation was a highly popular program. So what happened?
This hilarious book looks at the life and death of TV Nation from the inside by its creator michael moore and producer kathleen glynn. Moore is probably most recently known for his documentary film Bowling for Columbine and his book Stupid White Men. Page after page TV Nation is amazing to read both how this show got on the air in the first place and how it brought such amazing stories to the tube again and again.
Read this book to remember that we don't have to all stand by and watch the corporate world take advantage of us, remember that the little guy has a voice, and remember that no one likes having a camera in their face. TV Nation took television where it had never been before, and this book documents the struggle and feat of pulling it off.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comic Genius at his BEST, 13 Feb 2003
As someone who missed the original programme, this book has been a lifesaver. If u r a fan of Michael Moore's alternative style of political comedy, this book (and the programme) is a great example of that. Stuffed full of Moore's personal brand of practical jokes you won't be able to put it down. For a taster, one sections tells of his adventure going to wake up the head of a major car alarm producer, by setting off twenty alarms on his lawn (unfortunatly he was not there, only his wife was home.)
Comic genius at its best: DO NOT MISS IT!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moore at his best, 15 Jun 2003
Having never seen the TV show myself, I was unsure as to how much I could I would gain from this book, but was pleasantly surprised. The programme humourously attacked parts of American life from a KKK love-night" to the Johns of Justice. While uproariously funny, the programme/ book also has a serious undercurrent, and makes you think on a number of issues. While in later life (Stupid White Men, Bowling for Columbine) Moore's humour and politics have become perhaps too intertwined, here the roving nature of the episodes ensures that regardless of your political beliefs you shoud read this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest book I've ever read, 5 April 2003
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J. Maher (Rochdale , Lancs, UK) - See all my reviews
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I remember TV Nation way back in the 90's. It was original and a brave series in taking on those Corporations and reglious racist fanatics.
Best bit of TV Nation was for me Crackers the Corporate Crime Fighting Chicken. A seven foot tall yellow chicken who tackled Corporate Crime in hillarous manner.
Extremely funny writing Moore is a comic genius and a thorn in the side of Corporate America. And is a voice for the working men and women of America.
Read it you won't stop laughing!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a work of genius, but easy to read, 27 July 2005
Michael Moore: you've got to respect his intentions and values, but too often his methods are ineffectual or, frankly pointless. Some people don't see this. For example, in Fahrenheit 911 he attempted to make a point about the enlisting of the country's youth to fight in Iraq by trying to get congressmen to enlist their children. Well of course they won't do it... it's for the kids to enlist themselves.
The examples in this book are much the same. There are some nice ideas, and inventive ways of illustrating them, but little is ever achieved beyond pointing out the absurdities in American culture and government. Even long term - given that this is a new pressing of the book - it is obvious that little or nothing has been altered.
That is however, a small gripe. Moore should be applauded for the attempt, and for his accessible and fun methods. His intention seems to be more one of showing how easy it is to get involved, and of encouraging ordinary people to at least try to do something.
I am not going to score it too highly, as it is not a 'must-read'. It is an easy time-filler however, and it is fun.
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