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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (Aug. 14 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060977337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060977337
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 13.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #465,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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SINCE MAKING Roger & Me in 1989, I've listened to a lot of stories from people, strangers in the street, who want to buy me a beer or a burger and tell me what happened to their American Dream. Read the first page
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By Athena Dykman on March 17 2013
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Despite this being over a decade old, it's stark relevance actually shocked me given the current economy. He exposes, again, the absolutely disturbing lack of readiness of many of today's politicians and businesses when it comes to fixing and supporting the economy, as well as taking any responsibility for the millions of lives overturned.
As usual, it comes with Michael Moore's classic sarcastic humor, with a touch of a natural anger we all share at times and is well supported, giving us perspectives both new and familiar. If you're curious about the pattern of economic collapse on a small or worldwide level, it's worth a read.
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Regardless of whether you're liberal, conservative, centrist, or nonpolitical, you must agree that this book is hilarious. How can you not laugh when Pat Buchanan, America's self-proclaimed moral crusader, accepts a campaign check from the John Wayne Gacy Fan Club? Or when Moore suggests that we forget about Senators and simply vote for our favorite lobbyists?
Moore guides us through the landscape of the American political and economic system, with one chapter devoted to each major issue. Although he maintains the humorous tone throughout the book, he also presents plenty of solid information of the sort that you won't hear about in the "mainstream" media. For instance, in one chapter he lists the gigantic government handouts that have been given to America's multi-billionaire "corporate welfare mothers". Moore is at his best when skewering the hypocrisy of conservative corporatists (i.e. those who brag about their patriotism while sending our jobs to Mexico.)
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You may want to read journalist Michael Moore's book DOWNSIZE THIS just for the chapter entitled "O.J. Is Innocent." That passage is a sobering reminder of how the news media selectively reports facts. If all of white America could read Mr. Moore's take on O.J. Simpson, many would agree the ex-football star deserved to beat the double-murder rap.
DOWNSIZE THIS comprises Mr. Moore's take on many other controversial issues. His insights on U.S.-Cuba relations; the state of black America; former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton; corporate America's massive job exports; and the lookalike Republican and Democratic parties will widen your eyes, crack you up, or both.
You may want the paperback version of DOWNSIZE THIS, as it offers extra text not included in the hardcover. Drawback: the hardcover photo of Mr. Moore has him wearing a "G.M. Mexico" hat; the paperback uses the author's hat for the book subtitle. DOWNSIZE THIS and G.M. Mexico - that says it all.
Read DOWNSIZE THIS!
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Like most political satires and/or commentaries, those who agree with the author's point of view will generally enjoy this funny little book. Moore exposes the corporate crimes and hypocrisy that take place in this country, but is by no means against Corporations in general or the virtues of making a profit. He just feels that corporations have gotten completely unreasonable by firing thousands of employees while profits are at a peak and leaving cities after receiving tax breaks as an incentive for staying.
The picture of the Federal building bombed in Oklahoma City is placed next to the picture of a condemned factory in Flint, Michigan after GM pulled out. The pictures are nearly identical and the imagery is extremely powerful. What exactly is terrorism, Moore asks?
Many will disagree with Moore's opinions and some will be offended by certain things in this book, especially the chapter dealing with the L.A. Riots and the O.J. Simpson case. However, I do think it's worth a read, even if you disagree, if only to reinforce your views.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. P. Stathoulopoulos on June 28 2004
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This is Michael Moore's first book and probably the most valuable, in that it hasn't been sullied by the publicity and outright nastiness that has developed between the 'left' and the 'right', with Michael Moore now involved given the success of Bowling for Columbine and now Fahrenheit 9/11.
Michael Moore is not really a serious commentator, I wouldn't call him a 'serious' political dissident. His avenue of approach is humor, which is good and bad. For one, he can reach more people with a colorful, humorous, and irreverent approach, and that's good. What's bad is when he is embraced solely for offering a very public dissident view, regardless of how he does it.
Serious commentators appeal to your thinking by arguing with facts, citing evidence, and avoiding personal attacks, bombast, and hatred. Moore is clearly angry, but his points are often clouded, something obvious in most of his films.
By now, we so know where he is coming from that his mere mention of Bush is supposed to get his fans cheering since we can assume he's going to rail against him or flat-out insult him. And that's a shame, because it sullies any serious intentions he has of changing people's minds.
For the most part, this book attacks the one-party system that operates in America, passing itself off as some kind of amazing democracy. And this is very tied to 'Big Business'. Moore is very frustrated and angry with a system that clearly favors institutional values over people. As in, why do corporations, already posting impressive profits, cut more jobs and move them overseas, for instance? More profit, of course. Yes, people suffer, but in the current system the hope is that the corporation (or country) will benefit and then begin to pass these benefits down to the people.
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