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Stupid White Men ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! (2001)

by Michael Moore

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Once I got used to his mixture of satire, anger and just plain old silly funny stuff, I really enjoyed it. The most amazing part is that is was written in early 2001 but was just as true today.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
I like a good trashing of the current stuctures of American politics and this is a good one. Mr. Moore is a keen social critic and they keep setting up targets for his barbs. The particular targets for this quiver are found in the essays entitled "Kill Whitey!", "Dear George", and "A Very American Coup" . It should be read, even by those who find Mr. Moore brings them news they don't want to hear. It is cruel fun, to an outsider, but for those of you in this mess..... ( )
  DinadansFriend | Feb 19, 2014 |
I was prone from the start to give this book a favorable review, because my politics are right there with Moore's. For readers like me, he's preaching to the choir. I found the book alternately entertaining and disturbing as facts, statistics, serious rants and cheeky humor flew off the page. Some passages made me want to jump up and help change the world; others made me feel that it's all too much and that I'll soon be hopelessly watching our nation unravel. I suspect the author's own moods fluctuate in a similar way.

I'm only giving the book 3 stars despite my political and social agreement with the author. The book is frustratingly inconsistent. Moore has a tendency to pinball dizzyingly among fact, conjecture and hyperbole. He whips up his essays into a verbal froth, at times running head-on into generalizations that damaged my trust in him. Specific example: Moore's wholesale depiction of public defenders as inept bumblers, when instead he could have taken a more focused stance on the systemic problems and left the insulting generalization out. It's the equivalent of describing police officers as donut-eating fools. It earns a snicker from some of us, but we get nothing out of it.

Bottom line: Moore has important things to say. Unfortunately, the people who need to hear these things are the ones least likely to read this book. Even if they did read it, the inconsistencies in Moore's tone and authority would likely make the whole work easy to dismiss. ( )
  ksimon | Feb 6, 2014 |
Michael Moore can be hysterically funny and thought provoking so reading this book was quite fun but he just generalises so much, I mean I don't know if he's serious(it looked like it) but of course all white people and men are not bad and neither are all blacks and women saints. Sometimes it feels like he's treating the reader as an idiot. I like the things he says and his documentaries are amazing but are books like this actually doing anything for the liberal ideology, i'm not so sure. ( )
  AyeshaF | Dec 9, 2013 |
I read this book because I liked Fahrenheit 9/11, and because I share Moore's feelings towards George W. Bush. But the book proved to be highly speculative and unsatisfying, and left me suspecting Moore's genuinity, a feeling which was enhanced by watching the movies Bowling for Columbine and Sicko. He seems to edit facts and figures to prove his point, in his books as well as movies, just like any politician. His humour is also too cynical for my taste.

A humourist once wrote: "For the rose bush of satire, the laughter is the flower and the criticism, the thorn. Remember, the flower is the adornment for the bush, not the thorn." Moore's rose bush is almost all thorns.

However, I give it two stars because I think Moore fights a worthy cause. ( )
  Nandakishore_Varma | Sep 28, 2013 |
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Moore has his own theories on why things are as they are. Deploying something like the "Six Degrees of Separation" theory, Moore insists that all society's ills are linked back to -- you guessed it -- stupid white men. Moore argues that it's greedy CEOs, politicians and those who support them who are responsible for what he sees to be American social decay. Perhaps he plays the blame game a bit too much, but Moore's thesis is both resonant and humorous.
added by mikeg2 | editCNN, Robert Nebel (Apr 2, 2002)
 
A sensational book.... If the state of the union grows any more dismal, Moore may just become the funniest man in America.
added by GYKM | editSan Francisco Chronicle
 
Alternately snarly, outraged and very funny.
added by GYKM | editLos Angeles Times
 

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Brugnatelli, EdoardoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Colombo, MatteoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Karjalainen, HeikkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060392452, Hardcover)

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 U.N. observers, U.N. troops." Moore's ideas range from on-the-money (Arafat should beat Sharon with Gandhi's nonviolent 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 R.J. 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

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"Remember when everything was looking up? When the government was running at a surplus, pollution was disappearing, peace was breaking out in the Middle East and Northern Ireland, and the Bridge to the Twenty-First Century was strung with high-speed Internet cable and paved with 401(k) gold?" "Well, so much for the future. Michael Moore, the award-winning provocateur behind Roger & Me and the bestseller Downsize This!, now returns to size up the new century - and that big, ugly special-interest group that's laying waste to the world as we know it: stupid white men. Whether he's calling for United Nations action to overthrow The Bush Family Junta, calling on African-Americans to place Whites Only signs over the entrances of unfriendly businesses, or praying that Jesse Helms will get kissed by a man, Stupid White Men is Mike's Manifesto on Malfeasance and Mediocrity."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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