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Michael Moore-Oscar-winning filmmaker, bestselling author, and the nation's official provocateur laureate-is back, this time taking on an entirely new role, that of his own meta-Forrest Gump.





Smashing the autobiographical mold, Moore presents twenty-four far-ranging, irreverent, and ...
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Overview

Michael Moore-Oscar-winning filmmaker, bestselling author, and the nation's official provocateur laureate-is back, this time taking on an entirely new role, that of his own meta-Forrest Gump.





Smashing the autobiographical mold, Moore presents twenty-four far-ranging, irreverent, and stranger-than-fiction vignettes from his own early life. One moment he's an eleven-year-old boy lost in the U.S. Senate and found by Bobby Kennedy; and in the next, he's inside the Bitburg cemetery with a dazed and confused Ronald Reagan. Fast-forwarding to 2003, he stuns the world from the Oscar stage by uttering the words "We live in fictitious times . . . with a fictitious president" in place of the usual "I'd like to thank the Academy." And none of that even comes close to the night the friendly priest at the seminary decides to show him how to perform his own exorcism.

Capturing the zeitgeist of the past fifty years, yet deeply personal and unflinchingly honest, HERE COMES TROUBLE takes readers on an unforgettable, take-no-prisoners ride through the life and times of Michael Moore. Alternately funny, eye-opening, and moving, it's the book he has been writing-and living-his entire life.
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Oscar-winning filmmaker, author, activist Michael Moore might be typified best as a gadfly who has been pestering entrenched authority nearly his entire life. (He launched his first underground newspaper in fourth grade.) In Here Comes Trouble, he ranges freely over his maverick life, dropping down to recount his strange encounters with presidents and other politicians, media figures, business moguls, and white supremacist racists. Informal, hilarious, and irreverent.

Dwight Garner
Mr. Moore's coming of age as a working-class malcontent is…something to behold. It's the story of a big lunk who learns to yoke his big mouth to a sense of purpose. It persuades you to take Mr. Moore seriously, and it belongs on a shelf with memoirs by, and books about, nonconformists like Mother Jones, Abbie Hoffman, Phil Ochs, Rachel Carson, Harvey Pekar and even Thomas Paine.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Filmmaker and political activist Moore's outstanding memoir opens with an account of the infamous Oscar acceptance speech in which he proclaimed "Shame on you!" to President George W. Bush, and the ensuing fallout, which resulted in a slimmer Moore and 24-hour security from ex-Navy SEALS due to the many death threats he received. Eschewing a conventional linear narrative, Moore (Dude, Where's My Country?) offers 20 vignettes from his life that illustrate how his political and sociological viewpoints developed. Displaying his characteristic dry humor, his stories run the gamut, from the minor, a chance encounter with Senator Robert Kennedy in an elevator when a young Moore gets lost in the Capitol building, to the major, such as a high school speech that ultimately ended the Elks' Club's racist policies. True to form, Moore doesn't pull any punches, but he's grown as a writer, with more discussion and fewer extended rants than in his previous books. With the book's emotional highs and lows, and self-deprecating, empathetic style, Moore triumphs. Regardless of which side of the political fence readers are on, they're sure to find this collection enlightening, engaging, and occasionally enraging.
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The New York Times
"Mr. Moore's coming of age as a working-class malcontent is...something to behold. It's the story of a big lunk who learns to yoke his big mouth to a sense of purpose. It persuades you to take Mr. Moore seriously, and it belongs on a shelf with memoirs by, and books about, nonconformists like Mother Jones, Abbie Hoffman, Phil Ochs, Rachel Carson, Harvey Pekar and even Thomas Paine. "
The Hollywood Reporter
"Written with restraint and grace...confirms [Moore's] reputation as a great storyteller and reveals himself to be an insightful memoirist...touching and revealing stories drawn from a fascinating life."
From the Publisher
"Mr. Moore's coming of age as a working-class malcontent is...something to behold. It's the story of a big lunk who learns to yoke his big mouth to a sense of purpose. It persuades you to take Mr. Moore seriously, and it belongs on a shelf with memoirs by, and books about, nonconformists like Mother Jones, Abbie Hoffman, Phil Ochs, Rachel Carson, Harvey Pekar and even Thomas Paine. "—The New York Times

With the book's emotional highs and lows, and self-deprecating, empathetic style, Moore triumphs. Regardless of which side of the political fence readers are on, they're sure to find this collection enlightening, engaging, and occasionally enraging."—Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

From the pleasures of night baseball to family arguments over long hair and Vietnam to early forays into politics, Moore turns in a readable, and often quite funny, American story. Indeed, Moore considers himself a patriot; as he writes, 'if you see his movies, you will instantly know that I deeply love this country.' This spirited, most welcome book is more evidence of that affection."—Kirkus

"Written with restraint and grace...confirms [Moore's] reputation as a great storyteller and reveals himself to be an insightful memoirist...touching and revealing stories drawn from a fascinating life."—The Hollywood Reporter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455508570
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 355,796
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

In addition to his work as a mega-bestselling author, Michael Moore is an award-winning director. He lives in Michigan.

Biography

Michael Moore -- filmmaker, author, on-camera pest to those in corporate power -- has filmed two of the most successful film documentaries of all-time and wrote the top nonfiction bestseller for 2002. But his most famous act on camera may be one that he didn't film himself.

Even those who weren't watching the Oscar telecast in the spring of 2003 must have heard about it during the aftermath. Moore, collecting his best documentary Oscar for Bowling for Columbine and joined by his fellow nominees onstage, proclaimed his dedication to nonfiction in his work and took aim at the fiction he said he saw all around him.

"We like nonfiction, and we live in fictitious times," he said to a mix of boos and cheers. "We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elect a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. Whether it's the fiction of duct tape or fiction of orange alerts we are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you. And any time you got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up."

At least it was short.

Moore has been telling truth to power -- or, to his critics, his version of the truth -- long before his groundbreaking 1994 documentary Roger & Me attempted to corner the General Motors chairman Roger Smith on why his company closed its plant in Flint, Mich., in favor of 11 new plants in Mexico.

He founded the alternative newspaper The Flint Voice in the 1970s, started a weekly radio show in Flint, and became the youngest school board member in the country when he ran for office in 1972. He was fired from the liberal magazine Mother Jones, reportedly for liberal activism.

But it was Roger & Me that made him something of an icon for the left. Heavy, sloppily dressed, almost always sporting a scruffy beard and a baseball cap, Moore is an everyman with a camera crew. And he has bones to pick with so many in power: General Motors, Kmart, the National Rifle Association, the Republican Party.

New York Times columnist Frank Rich looks hopefully to Moore as the left's rallying counterpoint to the likes of Rush Limbaugh, a welcome gust of humor from the deadly earnestness of the liberal movement.

"Like Mr. Limbaugh at his least grandiose best," Rich wrote in 2003, "Mr. Moore's persona is more funny than angry, more everyman than show-biz. He is not, as he puts it, ''a didactic, wimpy kind of liberal' -- one of those whiners that makes audiences reach for the remote faster than you can say ‘Phil Donahue.' Mr. Moore may not be subtle as a filmmaker or a polemicist, but the grandstanding glee of his broad strokes is precisely what makes him succeed as a showman."

Anyone familiar with Moore's tone on camera – from Roger & Me to Bowling for Columbine to his short-lived television program TV Nation, sort of an extended, edgy Candid Camera-style prank afflicted on the rich – will recognize him in print as well.

"As someone with a penchant for demagoguery, someone who thinks that the present political structure needs ‘to be brought down and removed and replaced with a whole new system that we control,' Mr. Moore plays to the camera even when he's doing it on the page," Janet Maslin wrote in The New York Times in 2003, reviewing his book Dude, Where's My Country?

In his first book, Downsize This he jabbed at downsizing-happy corporate executives and other piñatas favored by the left. He followed that up with Stupid White Men he examined the new century after the bust of the New Economy and prayed for Jesse Helms to get kissed by a man. And, in 2003, he released Dude, Where's My Country? calling for a regime change in Washington. (One tidbit: The Internal Revenue Service actually has a specific form for tax refunds of $1 million or more. Perhaps some of you have seen it.)

With his first two books, Moore was something of a lone liberal voice on the best sellers lists. By the time his third was released, he had to muscle his way through people like Al Franken and Molly Ivins to get to his audience.

"When Stupid White Men appeared, its brand of name-calling was more of a novelty on the best-seller list. Now it is luxuriantly in flower," Maslin noted in her Times piece. "Mr. Moore will no doubt share a readership with Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (which is funnier), Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose's Bushwhacked (which is better informed) and Joe Conason's Big Lies (also better informed), if not with Bill O'Reilly's Who's Looking Out for You? (politically opposite, but no less self-serving). But Mr. Moore, through real conviction along with showboating personality, does make himself the most galvanizing and accessible of the lot."

Liberals rub their hands with glee for equal time against Rush Limbaugh (who termed his own radio program "equal time.") But for some, Moore's brand of rhetoric is good news for the conservatives, not liberals.

"If this book is what passes for a political manifesto, then Tom Paine is truly dead," Alan Wolfe wrote of Stupid in The New Republic 2002. "Moore peppers his book with factoids, weird memos, open letters, bizarre lists, LOTS OF SENTENCES IN CAPITAL LETTERS, and name-dropping accounts of how he happens to know some members of the Bush family personally. It is meant to be satire, I suppose; but the only person skewered is Moore, who proves himself to be the only stupid white man around. Anyone bent on redistributing income in favor of the rich could not get a luckier break than having a critic like Michael Moore."

Good To Know

Moore is a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association.

He is an enormous success in Germany. Publishers Weekly in 2003 reported that his book Stupid White Men sold 1.1 million copies during its first year in print in Germany, more than double than in the United States. Even the English version made the Spiegel bestseller list, the only book outside the Harry Potter series to do so.

Moore tangled with his publisher over the content of Stupid. HarperCollins had demanded changes in "offensive" material in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, but, with help from angry e-mails from librarians, the book was released unchanged.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 23, 1954
    2. Place of Birth:
      Davison, Michigan
    1. Education:
      Attended University of Michigan, Flint

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Thoroughly Enjoyed

    I can reflect on my own experiences after reading Michael Moore's short stories in "Here Comes Trouble." It is easy to identify with his realistic views. Because of his honesty (and tenacity) I think he is a great asset to those of us who have questions that deserve to be answered.

    His genuine concern for the common man is unfailing. Thanks for keeping the price of this book within reason, which makes it available to all of us now rather than waiting for a "recycled copy" from a friend.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Highly Recomended- Must Read

    I really enjoyed Michael's book and to tell you the truth I couldn't put it down. To me it was like being down at the local gas station in the 1950's when I was a kid and listening to the stories older folks would tell about their lives and the people they had known and the wisdom I derived from it. It is sad how Michael and his family were treated and I could see things in my own life when I stood up for my beliefs and was put down for it and even some times beat-up for my convictions. When you take a stand for what is right and holy you can be sure the world will hate you for it.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Great Book!

    This book is great for veterans and first time readers of Michael Moore creations! The book goes through a great era of time and explains his life through very controversial issues and it is hilarious! The Best Book i have read so far!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Reviews not politics

    This is place for reviews, not political views. I would urge everyone to stick to the book, and resist ugly attacks.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    I was amazed.

    I have read all Moore's books but in this one he writes something that goes beyond politics. There is something here to appeal to everyone. Whether you love Michel or hate him, buy the book. You will not be disappointed.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Love it

    "Reviews" from people who obviiously have not cracked open the book they are supposedly reviewing are useless.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    This Is For My Grandchildren

    Michael Moore's writing reminds me of Jean Shepherd's work; the stories are written in a tone that's naturally funny. However, many of Michael's stories end sadly, and the roots of his activism against injustice and prejudice are evident here. Reading this book was like participating in a great conversation that I didn't want to end. Those who believe that a Christian will act as Christ did will understand and like this book. Ignoramuses who believe in death threats to shut people up shouldn't bother. Michael, I'm sorry you need to have bodyguards, but I'm grateful that you do. At a time when the truth often belongs to those who can buy it on Fox News, you are needed. And my grandchildren will see what can happen if they are not vigorous defenders of human rights.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Pure Michael Moore -- a must read!

    If you ever wanted to know how Michael Moore grew up to be THE Michael Moore so many of us respect and love, you'll want to read "Here Comes Trouble." Each of his very personal stories provides a piece of the whole of who he is. As usual, he minces no words. My husband and I found time, even on our vacation, to read this to each other. In turns we found ourselves crying then laughing then nodding "OK, then, that's why he _______."

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Great book and great read

    Love Michael Moore, this gets you to know him personally...

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    "Don't be Trapped by Dogma"--Steve Jobs

    This book is a fast read. It relates a number of episodes, more or less in chronological order, in the life of filmmaker and writer Michael Moore and how he, a college dropout like Steve Jobs, and like Jobs from a relatively disadvantaged background, became successful and famous. Like Jobs, he thought for himself; he resisted authority in his case, and asked more questions than anyone wanted to answer. His persistence and his uncompromisingly humanitarian world view, based on both life experience and religious ideals, allowed his basic capabilities to emerge and let him develop into a powerful influence on our time.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2011

    Very good book. I didn't want to put it down!!

    This book is great if you are interested in biographies and/or Michael Moore. I am a fan of both and have even started to retell the stories to my husband! I like it very much.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Imteresting

    Even though you may not agree with his politics, you have to admit that he has a unique voice. This book gives you some insight into how he bacame a filmmaker. Entertaining read.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Soooooo Michael!

    Yes, he can get a little carried away with details, but his overall essence is all there. Finished it in two days...

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    One of the best books by Michael Moore.

    In these series of vignettes Moore reveals unsuspected accomplishments from his early life that are astounding. Between the humor, the pathos, and the excitement of one adventure after another - meeting famous and infamous people along the way - we see how his commitment to social and political reform got its start and its encouragement from both successes and failures. And also along the way, Moore has no compunction about admitting his insecurities and hesitations in the face of a burgeoning reputation as a "trouble-maker" by the established and often arthritic powers-that-be.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2011

    Very good book much insight into our peoples fight for fairness highly recommend

    He tells the story of my childrens generation better than most. It is people like him that lay the framework for change in our country. So many things get swept under the rug be our mainstream media . We need a lot more Michael moores in this country to raise the awareness of what goes on without the general publics awareness. A must read for those who care about our childrens future

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    highly recommend!

    i loved it!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Entertaining and inspirational

    He's had an interesting life! I enjoyed reading about his experiences, especially his time as a school board member. His stories inspire me to fight harder for things I believe in. It was a quick read, too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    Very interesting and informative.

    Moore reflects on his own life and his altruistic nature from childhood on. Love him or hate him his book tells of his commitment to fairness and his work in being true to that end. He had taken many hits to his personal reputation to help others. You cannot help but respect someone with that kind of passion doing what they believe in. This is someone who has taken action against unfairness even as a teenager.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Written in a very conversational style, the life events Michael Moore writes about are interesting, entertaining and enlightening. He is honest, funny, moving and real. Reading this book, for me, is like reminiscing with a good friend about many shared experiences. I enjoy learning how he became interested in making the statements he does with his documentaries and books. He lives his life from the heart, always striving to stay on the side of truth, even when the choices are pretty hard. He's also honest enough to talk about times he felt he let himself down, and what was learned from those experiences. The book is a fast read, and has plenty of humor, as well as thought-provoking content.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    INTERESTING READ! HERE COMES TROUBLE BY MICHAEL MOORE...

    HERE COMES TROUBLE by Michael Moore is an interesting allbeit different autobiographical mold. It is a collection of short stories based on this author's early years of life,his memories,and his thoughts ranging from his early childhood into his older years. Moore is an excellent story teller. A great read for anyone who enjoys autobiographical read. "Here Comes Trouble" will take you on an eye opening,sometimes funny,sometimes moving,ride through the life and times of "Michael Moore". Received for review from the publisher.Details can be found at Grand Central Publishing,a trademark of Hachette Book Groups,Inc.and My Book Addiction Reviews.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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