- 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 (151 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Stupid White Men: ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! Paperback – 3 Oct 2002
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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.
'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 ChronicleSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
The exact facts of the elecetion campaign- the removal of scores of black voters from the Florida electoral register, achieved by a Republican senator working with Jeb Bush, the confusing ballot form which led many Jews to mistakenly vote for a right-wing Anti-Semite when they aaimed ot elect Al Gore, and the efforts to corrupt the military vote- are galling for anyone who believes in American Democracy, and the mentions of Enron involvement take on extra severity now that millions have lost their savings in the whole fiasco.
His seciton about how he fears white people is hilarious, especially his suggestions for black people to place 'whites only' signs in places where black people are essnetially denied entry, and his questionas to why the violent lyrics of Bruce Springsteen and The Dixie Chicks are not criticised in the way rappers are. Gee, let me think.....
He also looks at international issues from a sideways perspective. The notion that the problems of Northern Ireland can be solved by everyone going Catholic, and his list of reasons why they should, is tongue-in-cheek and should be taken as such.
The final chapter is also amusing, detailing his history of involvement with Ralph Nader, and expressing his voiew on how unfair the public have been in accusing him of costing Gore the election. Perfectly true, and a finning finale to a book for everyone who fele the spirit of the 60s still alive.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book years ago and bought this for my son. It does go on a bit, but you've got to love Michael Moore and how in depth he is.Published 5 months ago by Angie
Stupid White Men is an interesting read, although it is a little bit outdated right now. You might know Michael Moore as the film-maker who was behind Bowling for Columbine, as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com
Ignorance is a bless. Do not read this if you want to remain blessed ...Published 10 months ago by Ali
I bought this book because saw how one of the residents at work was reading it. We had a lovely chat about it. I got curious, did some research, bought it and wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2015 by Natalia McGinness
If you want to know what the other half of america thinks, get this, watch it and pass it onPublished on 22 Feb. 2013 by Ms Elizabeth M Lewis
Michael Moore is the original angry man for the Americans. This was written during the Republican years under George W. Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2013 by atticusfinch1048
Good book, ironic and acid . I recommend this book to understand our days . Michael moore write always acids documentarys.Published on 16 Dec. 2012 by RODRIGO PEREIRA DA SILVA