Stupid White Men Hardcover – Mar 2002
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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 non-violent 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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You should get a few laughs out of this book, despite his 'holier than thou' tone. Also, it's refreshing to hear a dissenting voice amongst the corporate voices that seem to dominate the media (especially in the States).
Moore spends most of his book covering racism and sexism that is pervasive in our nation today. He provides facts that prove women and minorities are denied many of the opportunities provided to white men. Although, Moore tends to overemphasize this point, he failes to stress the problems of classism and elitism. Countless opportunities denied to minorities and women are also denied to middle and lower class white men because of little or no money. A chapter on how the middle and lower class are marginalized from the American dream would have been worthwhile. Furthermore, presenting evidence on how our nation is not a democracy but a plutocracy would have helped explain why Ralph Nader was sidelined during the presidential election.
Lastly, Moore's clear and comprehnsible writing style makes this book a worthwhile read for all people.
This book is more important than it is great. Moore's insight, his talent if you will, is framing complicated problems in a way that is understandable and which forces a response in readers and viewers. Good for him. As far as the complexity of his arguments go, this is the drinkable house wine, your favorite tee-shirt and jeans, a catchy song you've heard a hundred times. But even if it is simple, familiar and even predictable, it is also important.
As Moore points out, issues in the world today are not divided cleanly between good and evil, and in that context a well-stated voice of dissention is often more patriotic than wild cheers and applause. So kudos to Moore for speaking out at a time when we have heard too much of the latter and not enough of the former. As any patriot will say, I may not agree with many of the points the man writes in this easy-to-read book, but I'll defend his right to write them.
So liberals, conservatives, libertarians, hawks, doves, anarchists, monarchists, oligarchists, numerologists, astrologists, everyone ... read the book, give yourself a moment to think about it and then come back to this page and tell us what you think.
However I can't help feeling that the Right will always be stronger in America for as long as they have a writer as funny as PJ O'Rourke. Moore's not there yet...
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Gulp. Holy crap. Yawsers! Really... I couldn't put this book down. My family thinks I have become a raving lunatic. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2013 by Darlene
After 9/11 happened, I didn't have the stomach to read (or listen to) Stupid White Men. With the fifth anniversary of 9/11 arriving today, I thought it was time to look back at how... Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2006 by Donald Mitchell
I really cant understand how people can read moores books and watch his films and still think hes the greatest guy around. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2004 by P. R. Kennedy
Just because Michael Moore says something you want to hear, doesn't make what he says the truth. This book was simply the worst written peice of paper binding I have ever had the... Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2004
This is an excellent book, and conservatives/Republicans are ruining the World. The last reviewer claimed to be "educated". Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Jordan
i want to say that i love everything michael moore stands for - the passion, the blackmail, etc. i'm a pretty liberal girl, in fact i probably qualify as a socialist... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by melanie b.
1.Moore is trying to sue critics of Fahrenheit 911. He obviously appears to believe in free speech, as long as it's just for himself. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Mark Normand
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