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Stupid White Men [Hardcover]

Michael Moore
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Feb. 7 2002
  • The government has been seized by a ne'er-do-well rich boy and his elderly henchmen . . .
  • Our great economic expansion is unraveling faster than a set of Firestones . . .
  • Our water is poisoned, the ozone's in shreds, and the SUVs are advancing like a plague of locusts . . .

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 401K 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. Among his targets:

  • George W.: "President" of the United States. The Thief-in-Chief. A trespasser on federal land, a squatter in the Oval Office. Send in the Marines! Launch the SCUD missiles! Bring me the head of Antonin Scalia!
  • Bill Clinton: One of the best Republican presidents we've ever had.
  • The Former Yugoslavia: Bring back Marshall Tito! Nobody in America liked him much when he was alive, but now he looks like Lady Bird Johnson.
  • The Idiot Nation: A friggin' stain on a blue dress. That's what captured our attention in the nineties -- along with slow-moving Broncos, six-year-old strangled beauty queens, and Hugh Grant's dating habits.
  • Corporate America: There is no recession, my friends: no downturn, no hard times. The rich are wallowing in loot -- and now they want to make sure you don't come a-lookin' for your piece of the pie.

The polls indicate that 60 percent of Americans are "upset or angry" about this land in which we now live -- a land where crooked courts select the president and money rules the day. So if you're feeling the same way and you're wondering what's going to give out first -- the economy, Dick Cheney's pacemaker, or your new VW Beetle -- here's the book for you.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Michael Moore has proven once again that if you narrow your search enough, you can find "proof" to back anything you want. The book is based loosely on facts, and then stretched. There are always 3 sides to any political situation; the left, the right, and the truth. Michael has disregarded the right and the truth, and focused only on the left. That is his option of course, it is his book. But to try and pass it off as anything other than right-hating, bush-whacking, without regard to ALL the facts, is unethical. I have been to Moore's website numerous times over the last year, and have read his tripe, and then followed up with my own research to learn the WHOLE story. In most instances, his arguements, and statements are based on nothing more than rumor, inuendo, and half-truths. Just enough to get the blood boiling for anyone who is too lazy to learn the facts for themselves. This book is just "moore" of the same. Unless you are buying it for the entertainment value, don't waste your money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, some truth, but simplistic Nov. 27 2002
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This book is worth reading, but I can't agree with all of Moore's assertions. For example, most people appreciate that they need to face up to their own responsibilities and take control of their lives rather than trying to interpret everything that happens to them in terms of their being a victim. To blame all the problems of the black community upon oppression by whites is so simplistic as to be absurd. Moore fails to appreciate the historical and cultural complexities that lead people to hold irrationally opposing points of view - an example of this is provided by his comments on Northern Ireland.
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).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moore widens the debate July 3 2002
Michael Moore's Stupid White Men is another fine attempt to educate Americans on the political and economic reality of the United States. He argues correctly that the Democrats and Republicans' economic objectives are identical. Seldom does either party pass legislation designed to help out the working and middle classes. Instead, Moore shows that most legislation is tailored to continue the corporate welfare state that benefits the top ten percent. In addition Moore presents compelling evidence of the election fraud planned by Govenor Jeb Bush prior to and during the 2000 presidential election.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More important than great April 3 2003
Don't miss the point here. Sure, Michael Moore is guilty of certain factual misinterpretations combined with a healthy dose of hyperbole, but anyone who has seen his film Roger and Me or glanced at anything he's done since then knows that is the man's job. He is not trying to be objective, he is not trying to pass himself off as an intellectual, and he did not submit this book in article form to Foreign Affairs. He is simply trying make readers ask themselves some questions, forcing them to either cheer or shout. And if you glance down this page at the list at the emotion praise or criticisms he sparked, he has done just that.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very irritating. Liked it. March 20 2003
There is a fair amount I find rather annoying about this book, that I find annoying about Moore generally. But I think that's actually his strong point. He's a pain in the behind. His style reminds me very much of that other great American loudmouth Frank Zappa, from whose Real Frank Zappa Book he may have stolen some of his crazed, gonzo energy. The rant style is a bit wearisome at times - not all of us are converted by a one sided argument.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 29 days ago by Hafiz Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Oops - I am amazed this book didn't start an good old fashioned...
Gulp. Holy crap. Yawsers! Really... I couldn't put this book down. My family thinks I have become a raving lunatic. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Darlene
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Thank you Mr. Moore! For more political humor see George and Condi: The Last Decayed Beaver Tales and a Canada Goosing (see ArtisanPacificPublishing Website.)
Published on May 19 2010 by Reign Chelsin
2.0 out of 5 stars A Pre-9/11 View of the State of the Nation
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 more
Published on Sept. 11 2006 by Donald Mitchell
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst man on earth
I really cant understand how people can read moores books and watch his films and still think hes the greatest guy around. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2004 by P. R. Kennedy
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst experience of my life
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 more
Published on Aug. 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Not "propeganda" nor propaganda; just a good book!
This is an excellent book, and conservatives/Republicans are ruining the World. The last reviewer claimed to be "educated". Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Jordan
2.0 out of 5 stars propeganda for the ill educated
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 more
Published on July 19 2004 by melanie b.
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a few insignificant facts about Michael Moore
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 more
Published on July 18 2004 by Mark Normand
4.0 out of 5 stars Dissent must be stopped in freedom-loving America!
The reviews that Moore's books get from right-wingers continue to be some of the most entertaining to be found at Amazon. Read more
Published on July 17 2004
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