6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Factually contestable but a good laugh!,
This review is from: Stupid White Men: ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! (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.