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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141019994
  • Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004

Meet the Author

Michael Moore
With his controversial and probing documentaries like Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine, and books like Dude, Where’s My Country?, Michael Moore insistently pokes at the powerful in corporate and political America. His dress sloppy, his beard scraggly and a baseball cap almost permanently affixed to his head, Moore has set himself up as an Average Joe with a camera, an ax to grind and a hope to force change in the country.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2010

    Nathan R McIntyre 3

    Stupid White Men is a book full of very interesting facts that involves Moore's entertaining sense of humor. He discusses many stupid white men from those behind the 2000 election of the "thief in chief" George Bush, to those involved with the mad cow disease outbreak. Moore is very serious about all that he advocates for which makes it hard to tell when he's joking. Such as when he encourages you to write letters to your elected officials, and soon there after advises you to save gas by hitch hiking. Some of his ideas seem some what over the top, such as blacks should put inflatable white dolls in their cars so racist cops will think they're chauffeurs. All in all, Stupid White Men is a good read that makes you look at the world a little differently.

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  • Posted January 19, 2009

    Very interesting and informing.

    This book caught my just by the title, Stupid White Men. I have always believed that there were a lot of stupid people out there, but I never put it into consideration that most of these people were white males. I agreed with just about everything that Michael Moore said in this book and it gave me a better understanding of how corrupt the government can be. I especially liked the letter he sent George Bush asking him if he was illiterate. I would definitely recommend this book, whether your democrat or republican.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

    You must read Stupid White Men

    I enjoyed reading Michael Moore's book, and I admire him for his sarcastic and witty style of writing. He wasn't afraid of speaking out his mind regarding those politicians 'Bush and Cheney' and CEO's who are running the country as they are responsible for polluting the environment and cutting funding for health and education, he also discusses other topics that deal with race, human rights and foreign policy. It's a good book full of shocking facts and statistics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    Read for the Contrary

    If you can See, then this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    A crazy, engaging and at times funny book that doesn't pull any punches.

    Stupid White Men is an aoutstanding acheivement by Michael Moore. I have watched Bowling for Columbine and I thought it was interesting and very truthful. Having seen Bowling for Columbine I dove right into this book and any doubts about this book that I had were thrown out the window when I started reading the first few pages. This book is politically intense throughout and it definitely will stimulate anyone's mind. A major factor that makes this book so brilliant is the tone that Michael Moore uses. Michael Moore is not a serious tone type of author. He is quite the sarcastic writer making his writing even more enjoyable and funny. One of the most memorable parts of the book for me was when Moore lists off all of the actions and laws that George W. Bush passed in his first few months of office. I'm not a Bush enthusiast whatsoever but I couldn't believe it when I read that Bush cut funding for programs dealing with child abuse and neglect by $15.7 million dollars. This is not the only shocking moment in the book. The whole book is astounding and it will leave you thinking in one way or another. So before you go calling Michael Moore a radical or extremist go read this book, you just might be intrigued.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2004

    sick of conspiracy theories

    This book is not one of Mr Moore's best. OK, we get the point...he hates conservatives, but do we democrats really want to have this guy as our 'mascot'? I would rather he be more focused on things that ACTUALLY happen, instead of all of his conspiracy theories. And dare I ask, what about all of the sordid things were going on in the White House before dubya? One (though it may be the only) thing he has on Clinton is that he's never LIED under oath while holding the office of Commander-in-chief because he was cheating on his wife! For shame! Moore is an embarassment...I want to read a book with truth, Mr. Moore. I guess that means reading no more of yours.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2004

    Great Stuff Michael

    If Moore were running for President I'm sure he'd have a lot of followers. Although I must admit some details can be a tad exaggerated, I stand up for this man who stood up to the world's 'most powerful' government and showed the nation how unperfect and dirty it really is. Thanks to Moore, the U.S. government has been revealed as the third-world banana republic it really is. (Weren't the 2000 elections enough?) I think this book crosses the boundaries that Democrats and Republicans alike have put up and presents another way of viewing this pathetic excuse of a democracy (or should I say bureaucracy). This certainly is a book I can relate to. A+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2004

    A witty critique of American politics and society

    Before you blindly believe all the criticisms of Moore, you should at least read one of his books. This is a pretty good one. Sure, he goes overboard at time, but his criticism of Bush and his agenda is right on. Lost in the shuffle of most bush bashing is the fact that Americans bear some responsibility for the shameful decisions made by Bush. Moore points out that we are the ones who were duped by Bush's empty lip service to 'compassionate conservatism'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2004

    ral

    i felt this book was a great book for the type of person that enjoys the true facts about things. I personally enjoyed it because it taught me all diferent types of new things concerning our country and world.this book touched all different areas of controveries while giving complete details giving something to go from when getting in an argument with others about these topics. its great for debates and maybee even to better yourselves mentaly, physically, and personably.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2004

    AWESOME! YOU CAN LEARN ALOT!

    It's BIAS. But If you are still trying to figure out an opinion on any number of issues; THIS book can HELP! I RECOMMEND FOR ANYONE GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL OR TURNING 18 OR ARE OLD ENOUGH TO VOTE! THE BOOK CAN HELP YOU CHOSE YOUTR OPINION ON ISSUES, IF YOUR TRYING TO DECIDE TO GO THRID PARTY, REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT, ETC.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2004

    Let the truth be known...

    Michael Moore is very honest in this must have book. This piece of literature is one of the most eye-opening books I have read. Moore takes his work very serious and yet makes modern politics (by modern I mean the Bush Administration), by stating the facts, seem like a real life Saturday Night Live skit! Michael Moore shows the honest ways of which 'president' Bush has conqured the constitution during the so called 'election'. This book is a must read for every American who is PATRIOTIC enough to question the whats-if's and future of our nation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2004

    The Usual Liberal-Sided Exaggeration

    A lot of facts and things Americans should know, but obviously strongly biased by his political agenda.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2004

    People forget, these books are long editorials...

    Someone complained that Moore had a selective take on history, the books by stossel, o'reilly and hannity are no different (oh yeah, don't forget rush). Yeah, that's reality folks, people just cannot agree and there are enough facts that go either way. I must say, I enjoyed the book though and I highly recommend this book. Moore comes across as patriotic as Hannity, ironic isn't it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2004

    Humorous Yet Bold

    ¿Stupid White Men¿¿ is spewing with facts about all of the disgusting things that we might or might not know that our government is doing or has done since Bush was elected. Although the things Moore talks about are all of things that are wrong with this nation, he presents the facts in a very humorous way. He is trying to create awareness of our rights so they will not be taken away and he does so in a very bold way. In the book, there are wallet sized amendment cutouts. This is an example of how Moore is pushing people to practice their rights in real life. He wants people to make a stand in what they believe in, and this book gives several examples of how they can make a difference or just be heard. This book is a very good example of domacracy and it gives a lot of information. This book is recommended to anyone who likes humorous yet bold facts about the state of the nation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2004

    Good Book

    A+, Great book, well thought out and researched. Nothing more to say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2004

    Earth to Moore, come in Moore...aw, never mind...

    This book was just like the rest of Mr. Moore's efforts; funny because he takes it so seriously. With his selective take on history and jaundiced eye toward anything remotely conservative, he simply shows the hysteria of the left and his own lack of touch with 'real' Americans. Get out of the penthouse there, big boy. 2 stars simply because it got me laughing so hard. What? It wasn't a comedy? Pity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2004

    Paranoia reigns supreme!

    This is an interesting book, highlighting the paranoia of the extreme left. Mr. Moore apparently believes in the 'vast, right-wing conspiracy', against which he views himself as a bastion of truth. The hypocrisy, paranoia, and sometimes sheer idiocy of his statements make this a great book if it was meant to be humorous... but scary as a indicator of the modern liberal mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    brilliant

    Easily one of the best political satires in recent years, Michael Moore presents an ironclad case against the Bush Administration. Perhaps even better than books by contemporaries like Al Franken, Moore examines every aspect of Bush, Clinton, and America and tears them to hilarious shreds. A definite read for anyone left or right wing, or who is at all interested in politicals. Viva la Mike!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2003

    Hypocrisy

    This books serves as an interesting window into the mind of a liberal. It's hard not to agree with some of Mr. Moore's views however his over the top style is discouraging. He proudly displays the faults of our government, but is short on solutions. Out-of-context statistics run awry in this book. Another example of someone enjoying the privilages of this country while slandering it's integrity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2003

    Moore the bore

    Same rehash as the left usually spreads around. They remind me of a manure spreader.

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