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Dude, Where's My Country? by Michael Moore

Dude, Where's My Country?

by Michael Moore


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He is the scourge of Stupid White Men everywhere. He's taken on fat cats, gun nuts, lying politicians. The Guardian describes him as "a wake-up call, a kick in the mental backside." And now, Michael Moore is back, daring to ask the most urgent question of these perilous times: Dude, Where's My Country?

Michael Moore is on a mission in his new book: Regime Change. The man who slithered into the White House on tracks greased by his daddy's oil buddies is one of the many targets in Mike's blistering follow-up to his smash #1 Stupid White Men, the biggest selling nonfiction book of the year. Now no one is safe: corporate barons who have bilked millions out of their employees' lifetime savings, legislators who have stripped away our civil liberties in the name of "homeland security," and even that right-wing brother-in-law of yours (yes, we all have one) who manages, year after year, through his babbling idiocy, to ruin Thanksgiving dinner.

Fearless, funny and furious, Michael Moore's new book is the call to arms we've all been waiting for, the kind of book that comes along once every so often that rallies citizens with humor and insight, and changes the course of the country.


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LOLJPB
Reviewer LOLJPB
 February 17, 2006
I’m not sure what it is about Michael Moore but I like this guy. I can’t say that I agree with everything that he says or that his conservative bashing doesn’t get a little overwhelming at times. However, I do think that Moore brings an air of freshness to politics. He has been fairly revolutionary in his use of film, literatures and now the Internet as mediums to talk politics and get more people interested in doing so. Regardless of what your political affiliation is, you’re likely to agree that getting more people involved in politics is probably a good thing.

Michael Moore is of course no big fan of the Bush Administration and he seems to have plenty of ammo stockpiled for this book. He starts with the Presidential election of 2000 and works his way up through 09/11 and the invasion of Iraq. Despite the fact that Moore obviously left-leaning, he makes some solid points about inconsistencies in the Bush Administration’s policies that I think even many Republicans would agree with.

Dude, Where’s My Country? is essentially the book version of the movie “Fahrenheit 09/11”. If you’ve seen the movie and want more background information on some of the subjects that were discussed, you’ll really enjoy this book. Plus, it offers a few fun surprises (such as a couple of Moore’s rather interesting suggestions for future presidential candidates). Moore may often be abrasive but at the same time he usually finds a way to be entertaining as well.

Audio-Specific Content: I listened to the unabridged (about 7 hours in length) version of this title through Audible.com. This version is read by D. David Morin who did an excellent job. If you’ve listened to Mr. Moore speak you’re probably thankful that they had someone else do the narration. Moore’s voice is interesting to listen to but probably not best suited for a lengthy production such as this. The only negative aspect of listening to a book like this is that you miss out on all of the footnotes. There will likely be a number of times when you’ll be asking yourself “That can’t be true can it?”. If you were reading the book you’d be able to do the research yourself. However, if you’re listening to the audio version you don’t really have any alternative other than to…buy the book. Having mentioned that, everything else about this recording was superb and I found it to be a highly enjoyable listen.

Donald
Reviewer Donald
 February 17, 2006
This Text Refers to the Hard Cover Edition:

If you don't know who Michael Moore is, you are missing a treat. He has an uncanny knack for knocking the stuffing out of pompous statements, actions and cover-ups with well-aimed common sense.
Dude, Where's My Country? will delight liberals, feminists, conservationists, opponents of President Bush, fans of Oprah, civil liberties advocates and those who belong to unions. At the same time, it will infuriate and enrage social conservatives, those who oppose abortion, some religious leaders and right-wing commentators on television.

So many ratings for this book will simply reflect one's personal stand on the various political and social agendas.

Regardless of where you stand, the well-documented questions of the book come together in a way that anyone would benefit from thinking about. The documentation comes in public materials that you can read for yourself. I was struck that the New York Times had an editorial that was very similar to this book on the subject of Iraq yesterday. I wondered why these questions aren't asked more often . . . and why the president hasn't really answered them.

The main weakness of the book is that Mr. Moore cannot resist taking his humor a little too personally in his attacks. I graded down what was otherwise a very thoughtful book one star for this flaw.

The main perspectives of the book are as follows:

1. 9/ll was an attack by mostly middle class Saudi Arabians funded by a multimillionaire Saudi Arabian. Why don't we focus on the source of the problem . . . rather than creating general hysteria about terrorists?

2. Your chances of being hurt by a terrorist in the United States are much less than your chance of getting any serious illness that concerns you. If you bought insurance against this threat, it would cost you almost nothing . . . because you don't have very much risk.

3. The War on Terror is being used for political purposes to advance President Bush's power and re-election.

4. The Bushes are in bed with the Saudis and the oil company interests, and the Iraq war was really about looking after those interests.

5. The United States brings many these problems on itself and should clean up its act (such as our former support for Saddam Hussein against Iran).

6. People support tax cuts for the rich because they think they might become rich. The odds are against that.

7. The average American is socially progressive and fiscally conservative. The Republicans represent a small minority of Americans and are kept in power by wealthy interests.

8. People should seek to dislodge Mr. Bush from the presidency in this election before he starts more wars, spends more money, makes rich people even richer, eliminates more civil liberties, and harms the environment even more.

I was amused that in Mr. Moore's search for someone to replace President Bush, he didn't think of Senator Kerry as a possible alternative. It would be fun to read an update of this book that takes a similar look at Senator Kerry's past positions and actions.

As Mr. Moore points out in the book, presidents do tend to lie to citizens. When I was done, I wasn't sure whether Mr. Bush does this more often than other presidents . . . or simply isn't as good at it. But, the book does make you wonder whose side Mr. Bush is on.

As I finished the book, I began to think how much fun it would be if political debates on television featured such well-documented questions and criticisms . . . rather than the bland "rah-rah" we normally get from journalists in the form of questions designed to make the interviewee look good.

Donald Mitchell
http://livebetterthanabillionaireon5dollars.blogspot.com/

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  • Published: 2003
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: D002042
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