Who says the left wing doesn't have a sense of humor? Maybe it doesn't, but documentarian Michael Moore sure does--Exhibit A was Roger & Me; B was the ill-fated TV Nation; and C is 1997's print skirmish Downsize This! Moore's politics are rabidly liberal, populist, and anti-big business--about what you'd expect from the former editor of Mother Jones. While this restricts his audience to Americans on the left side of the aisle, for them Downsize This! will be a chance to point and laugh hysterically (if ruefully) at the clique of rich white guys who run everything.
Moore is at his best as a prankster, whether it's trying to see if Pat Buchanan will take a campaign donation from the John Wayne Gacy Fan Club (yes) or whether he can have Bob Dornan committed to an insane asylum based on his bizarre behavior (no, but it was close). Moore is one of our sharpest satirists, and Downsize This! makes one wish he would write a "Sorry State of the Union" every year. But only if it doesn't cut into his moviemaking--that's too big a price to pay. --Michael Gerber
Moore, whose documentary film Roger & Me and television series TV Nation have a strong cult following, takes on corporations, politicians and Americana in general in a mordant satire that will leave both conservatives and liberals reeling with embarrassment. Moore tears into corporations and labor unions alike. Citing "economic terrorism," he goes after the "Big Welfare Mamas"?the CEOs?detailing their cozy tax deals with federal and local government, which have added to the deficit. He attacks the unions in "Why Are Union Leaders So F#!@ing Stupid," citing how they have collaborated with corporations (while taking huge salaries) to slash jobs from their own memberships. No one is immune; Moore scrutinizes the President, Bob Dole, NAFTA, Cuban refugees and Pat Buchanan. A scathing, funny book packed with facts, it will appeal to those who loved Al Franken's Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot. Photos. Major ad/promo; author tour.
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Despite this being over a decade old, it's stark relevance actually shocked me given the current economy. Read morePublished on March 17 2013 by Athena Dykman
The valuable work Michael Moore does forms the visuals that were once used by network news shows like 60 Minutes and Nightline to highlight the "consumer graft" that took... Read morePublished on May 7 2005 by Patricia B. Ross
"Downsize This" gets down to the nitty gritty behind the infamous downsizing and outsourcing of jobs in the US. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by Gamal M.F. Aly II
You gotta love these Bushies shaking in their shoes, knowing that Michael Moore HAS made an impact. If he had not, they would not be on here bashing and "reviewing" Moore... Read morePublished on July 4 2004
A great book for all those people who blame others for their shortcomings. Written in an elementary school style for 12 year olds. Read morePublished on May 17 2004
This is Michael Moore's first book after being a documentary maker before. Of all the three Moore books this is the most about American issues and hardly any foreign policy things. Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by M. Buisman
I am a Republican and as such sometimes think Michael Moore oversteps his bounds as a 'documentary maker', one who is supposed to let the subjects speak on camera- and not himself,... Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by Mattie