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Dude, Where's My Country [Hardcover]

Michael Moore
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Oct. 7 2003
From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Stupid White Men comes a hilarious act of sedition to overthrow the 'Thief in Chief'-and effect the kind of change that just may save the country. Michael Moore is on a mission: He aims to unseat the man who slithered into the White House on tracks laid by guilty Enron execs and greased with his daddy's oil associations. And as for 'The Left,' they're just as satisfied to stand idly by as the chasm between the 'haves' and 'have nots' grows wider and wider. That's right, Michael Moore is back with a new book that reveals what's gone wrong in America and, more importantly, how it can be fixed. In his characteristic style that is at once fearless and funny, Moore takes readers on another wild ride to the political edge of righteous laughter and divine revenge.

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The people of the United States, according to author and filmmaker Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine, Stupid White Men), have been hoodwinked. Tricked, he says, by Republican lawmakers and their wealthy corporate pals who use a combination of concocted bogeymen and lies to stay rich and in control. But while plenty of liberal scholars, entertainers, and pundits have made similar arguments in book form, Moore's Dude, Where's My Country? stands out for its thoroughly positive perspective. Granted, Moore is angry and has harsh words for George W. Bush and his fellow conservatives concerning the reasoning behind going to war in Iraq, the collapse of Enron and other companies, and the relationship between the Bushes, the Saudi Arabian government, and Osama bin Laden. But his book is intended to serve as a handbook for how people with liberal opinions (which is most of America, Moore contends, whether they call themselves "liberals" or not) can take back their country from the conservative forces in power. Moore uses his trademark brand of confrontational, exasperated humor skillfully as he offers a primer on how to change the worldview of one's annoying conservative blowhard brother-in-law, and he crafts a surprisingly thorough "Draft Oprah for President" movement. Refreshingly, Dude, Where's My Country? avoids being completely one-sided, offering up areas where Moore believes Republicans get it right as well as some cutting criticisms of his fellow lefties. Such allowances, brief though they may be, make one long for a political climate where the shouting polemicists on both sides would see a few more shades of gray. Dude, Where's My Country? is a little bit scattered, as Moore tries to cram opinions on Iraq, tax cuts, corporate welfare, Wesley Clark, and the Patriot Act into one slim volume--and the penchant to go for a laugh sometimes gets in the way of clear arguments. But such variety also gives the reader more Moore, providing a broader range of his bewildered, enraged, yet stalwartly upbeat point of view. --John Moe

From Publishers Weekly

Flush from the success of Stupid White Men and an Academy Award for best documentary, Moore continues his rhetorical assault on the Bush administration. The book shares much with Al Franken's Lies besides liberal sentiment and satirical tone; not only do both authors rely on the hoary device of having God tell them He doesn't support the president, but they each claim to pack their carry-on luggage with baseballs to bean would-be hijackers. But where Franken attacks individual conservatives, Moore focuses on issues. His first chapter is a series of unsettlingly specific questions (based on rigorously footnoted facts) about the political and financial ties among Bush, the Saudi Arabian government and Osama bin Laden's family, though he leaps from the facts to speculation when he wonders whether the September 11 attacks might have been hatched within the Saudi military. Other chapters attack the public's susceptibility to what he casts as the fear-mongering tactics the administration has used to justify foreign military interventions and, he says, the erosion of domestic civil liberties, and he lays plans for a Democratic victory in 2004: in addition to a half-serious nomination of Oprah, he offers a prescient, reasoned and highly favorable evaluation of Wesley Clark as a candidate. Moore's arguments work best when delivered mostly straight, since he isn't always as funny as he seems to think he is. Straightforward propositions leavened with humor, like a guide to talking to conservative relatives, work fine, while efforts at flat-out farce ring hollow. But expect liberals to once again eagerly support one of their most prominent spokesmen by checking this out at the cash register.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Again, Moore Hits The Nail On The Head Jan. 4 2004
Format:Hardcover
Michael Moore is dead on in this entire book. From the lies of this administration about ever-changing reasons for my brothers in arms go to war and die for his cause, only to have horrible medical care and ever-dwindling medical covereage for this country's veterans, to the arming of Saddam Hussein by the likes of dickey "5-deferments, baby!" cheney's Halliburton in the 1980's and even in 2000!
This administration has a lot to answer for, and as one who used to think the republican administrations actually cared about the US military and our country, to face the harsh reality the past 20 years that they only care about big corporations and their fat cat military contractor friends was a sad, sad eye opener.
Democrats in the upcoming presidential race aren't much better. They're all bought and sold. Except for Dennis Kucinich. But Americans are looking in the wrong direction, as always.
If we Americans would access the Internet and read news and views from EVERY COUNTRY IN THE ENTIRE WORLD, other than the US, things would be much clearer. We're the only country who always seems to realize 25 years later that we were totally off kilter, misinformed, and duped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michael, you scare the hell out of me. Feb. 10 2013
By Darlene
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am not an American, but even so our countries, ways and thoughts as so similar I felt I should try and get a handle on some of the activies I have noticed in both of our Countries. I became aware of Michael through various television shows he has appeared on. OMG. The contents curled my hair. So I am off and a thousand research trails and a little less naive. Thank you Michael.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Duuuuuude! Nov. 13 2003
Format:Hardcover
Great book. Required reading for all of those who are "real" Americans! Moore, has received his fair share of crap for his statements, his movies, and his books. After his latest work all that can be said is keep it up Mr. Moore.
Most liberal and conservative books speak with overt bias swinging one way or the other. "Dude" is no different...with one major exception. Most of these political books never produce accurate references or quotes. Worse, many of these books take words out of context. However, with the exception of "Lies" by Al Franken, "Dude" is the only text that isn't afraid to back up its words with proper and accurate references. Is it any wonder that Coulter, (poor, poor) Limbaugh, Sean "Crappitty", O'Reilly, the White House, the Republican party, and other conservative voices have only produced feeble attempts at discrediting the information contained in this book?
You gotta admire a person who isn't afraid of going up against a media with such "liberal" bias.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Questioning the powers that be," Oct. 26 2003
Format:Hardcover
Entertaining writer Michael Moore continues his rhetorical assault on the Bush administration with his newest novel, "Dude, Where's My Country?" A thought-provoking book questioning the powers that be. (Highly Recommended!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bush & Co. We Want Answers!!! Oct. 13 2003
Format:Hardcover
I purchased Michael Moore's New Book, "Dude Where's My Country?" yesterday afternoon and I couldn't put it down. I finished it today. Moore is brilliant, and now after reading his book, I really would like to hear Bush's answers to Moore's important questions like:
1. Dear Mr. Bush, is it true that the bin Ladens have had business relations with you and your family off and on for the past 25 years?
2. Dear "Mr. President," what is the "special relationship" between the Bushes and the Saudi royal family?
3. Dear "Mr. President," who attacked the United States on September 11th-a guy on dialysis from a cave in Afghanistan, or our friends, the Saudi Arabians?
4. Dear "Mr. President," why did you allow a private Saudi jet to fly around the U.S. in the days after September 11th and pick up members of the bin Laden family and then fly them out of the country without a proper investigation by the FBI?
In Moore's book, he provides some of the answers and all of the background evidence. It is astonishing, and it is criminal.
America WAKE UP!! Read this book and then pass it around. Please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars MOST IMPORTANT BOOK OF 2003 Oct. 13 2003
Format:Hardcover
If everyone in America read this book, George Bush wouldn't get more than 25,000 votes and anyone would beat him. This is the book that exposes Bush and the shenanigans that should land him in a Federal Pen instead of the White House. Moore, while funny, witty and entertaining as a writer, is spot-on when it comes to analyzing contemporary events and putting them in an easy-to-understand context. The book is an absolute joy to read for anyone who actually loves America and loves Democracy-- although it will be an absolute nightmare for hard-core right-wingers (whether they call themselves Fascists, Nazis, Aryan Nations, KKK or GOP-- or, for that matter, DLC). Moore is a brilliant social historian and a compelling writer. What a better place our country would be with people like Michael Moore in office rather than grasping, greedy, selfish incompetents who are more concerned with their own careers than with the welfare of the people of this country. No one reading this book with an open-mind could ever pull themselves to vote for monstrosities like a George Bush, a Tom Delay, a Richard Santorum or a Joseph Lieberman again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get with the program Mr Moore
Michael Moore is accessible, relevant and persuasive. This book is interesting and easy to read. But there's a huge problem.

Michael Moore seems to have no self respect. Read more
Published on April 29 2007 by David Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
Can't say enough good things about this book.
Note to Matthew Berkeley: this is a non-fiction book, not a novel. Read more
Published on May 20 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight Up Great Book
This is a straight up book. Does Michael Moore tell the truth about some political issues everyone may not agree on. Darn straight. Read more
Published on March 1 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Two more months!
The follow-up to Moore's eye-opening "Stupid White Men," "Dude, Where's My Country?" is, like it's predecessor, a witty and well researched take on President... Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A BOOK EVERYONE SHOULD READ!
First of all, for those of you who review this book and say Moore is just causing trouble, or calling him "fat" or "a big bully" obviously have no open mind. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2004 by Megan
1.0 out of 5 stars Dude, where's brain?
This book was as intelligent as the movie with the like name. You would have to smoke a bowl of pot to think either one has any redeeming value. Don't waste your money.
Published on July 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars For the most part represents the opinion of non-sheep USA
Let's face it, there will never be someone you agree with totally, espescially when it comes to religion and politics. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Johny Bottom
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Message, Poorly Written
There is no doubt in my mind that Michael Moore is one of the most talented filmmakers of our time, and that he will rise as an important political figure even though he is not a... Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Jaque
1.0 out of 5 stars Another piece of garbage from the fatass himself!
One of the worst novels to be published this year, this book parallels the stupidity of what most idiotic liberals have come to describe as "eye opening."
Published on July 18 2004 by M. Berkeley
3.0 out of 5 stars If you're looking for the book version of Fahrenheit 9/11 ..
... then you're close with this one, but not quite there. I've read this book, and I've seen Moore's movie. The movie is funnier and more lighthearted at times. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by [ACCOUNT]
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