Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life

Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life

by Michael Moore


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455513079
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 858,910
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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

Date of Birth:

April 23, 1954

Place of Birth:

Davison, Michigan


Attended University of Michigan, Flint

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Here Comes Trouble 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
JerryGK More than 1 year ago
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.
qwizwizard More than 1 year ago
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.
OCCUPYEARTH More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
paulabren More than 1 year ago
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 _______."
Glen Fargo More than 1 year ago
This is place for reviews, not political views. I would urge everyone to stick to the book, and resist ugly attacks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Frruss More than 1 year ago
Love Michael Moore, this gets you to know him personally...
KKR More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JOMONV More than 1 year ago
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.
noelia maldonado More than 1 year ago
Yes, he can get a little carried away with details, but his overall essence is all there. Finished it in two days...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Just_Emma More than 1 year ago
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.
AAR More than 1 year ago
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.
deborah shomsky More than 1 year ago
i loved it!
Local164 More than 1 year ago
This is a necessary read for people who are both fans and critics.
nookworm314 More than 1 year ago
"Reviews" from people who obviiously have not cracked open the book they are supposedly reviewing are useless.
chuewyc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Michael Moore book i have read. I enjoyed it. I do like his movies and agree with a good portion of his thoughts but not all. Funny stories about his past and interesting as well. Nice job
LizPhoto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Here Comes Trouble" is a book that has it all. Michael Moore wrote this book just like his movies, a little funny a little sad and extremely thought provoking. "Here Comes Trouble" is the perfect name for the book because Moore definitely caused and found trouble even at a early age from asking too many question at school to becoming the youngest elected official at the age of 18. If you enjoy his movies, especially Roger and Me you will love this book.
metamariposa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
worldabouttoturn.blogspot.comMichael Moore's new memoir scored off the charts on Angela's Revolutionary Memoir Do's and Don'ts. He had me from the introduction, and I liked his book even more than his films (most of which I found very enjoyable).My basic guidelines for revolutionary memoirs are as follows:** The less sex, the better narrative. **Humor and hope are vital. **Be Proud but not self-important** Let the audience rage at injustice with you.And Moore succeeded admirably in all these ways. Fortunately, he never, ever asks us to contemplate his sex life. He jokes a lot about his lack thereof, but he gets zero of his cred from bragging of sexual prowess. His trademark hilarity comes through on the page perhaps more effectively than in films. These short recollections use typically self-deprecating humor to get you laughing, then thinking. His stories about early political victories (giving a speech against racism in the Elks, running for schoolboard while still a student in the local high school) show some examples of concrete actions he took in his lifetime, not the actions of celebrity and fame but ordinary actions that any of us could take. Moore demonstrates a modest satisfaction in his accomplishments, but the book really isn't about his career making movies. It's about him being human and having human responses to the terrible injustices in the world. He avoids self-importance by telling stories of friends and family members as well as those where he is the main character. His story "Zoe," for example, about his friend who had an illegal abortion, started out humorously and focused on his affections for his friend; by the end of the story, it was tear-jearking, anger-inducing, and totally focused on Zoe's tragedy. This book took me right into the injustice alongside Michael Moore. I ended the book hopeful and laughing through tears, but really really really angry at the terrible injustices that ruin lives and steal the few beautiful years God gives us on this earth. He brought me into his righteous fury at war, at lousy boyfriends, at short-sighted authority figures, and at bigotry and cruelty everywhere. (Granted, it's not hard to bring me along into righteous fury). I stayed up late finishing the book. Simultaneously it left me wanting more stories from its author, and wanting to go into the fray righting wrong and rooting out injustice where it grows. Michael Moore is a prophetic voice, and a hell of a writer. Go find this book. Read it. You won't be disappointed.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I never would have chosen to read this book had it not been selected by one of the book clubs to which I belong. Nevertheless, I am quite happy to have read it. Subtitled "Stories from My Life," all of its chapters (except the first one) relate to events that took place before Moore¿s movie, Roger and Me, was released and Moore, now an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, author, and well-known contrarian, became famous. Moore begins with his birth and babyhood in 1954, and it didn¿t take long before he embarked on his career of protesting, muckraking, and agitating. He even complains about his newborn years in retrospect, expressing outrage that doctors encouraged women to feed babies (including him) ¿Carnation Sugared Milk-Like Fatty Liquid Yum-Yum Substance¿ rather than breast milk. At age 14, he got kicked out of St. Paul¿s Seminary in Saginaw for asking too many questions. [He must have been very bad, indeed. My classmates at Notre Dame High School in Niles, Illinois still remember me as the boy who drove the priests crazy with my ¿challenges,¿ but they never went so far as to kick me out!]Moore then went to the local high school and got elected to conservative local school board, becoming the youngest elected official in the United States. He also founded a newspaper in high school and started an abortion hot line and crisis center. But he couldn¿t get a date.As one who has seen him in his films would expect (he is portly, sloppy, and generally not considered attractive physically), he was shy and generally unsuccessful with girls in high school and college. His description of the terrors of asking an attractive girl for a date is very entertaining. Despite growing up in a conservative Catholic environment, Moore seems never to have had a Republican-leaning thought in his life. He has always sympathized with the oppressed and downtrodden, which makes for heartfelt descriptions of the treatment of blacks in the 1950¿s and 1960¿s. As one would expect, he vigorously opposed American involvement in Viet Nam. Nevertheless, his description of Richard Nixon, who was disgraced by the Watergate scandal and so derided that he could scarcely travel outside the White House, is poignant and almost sympathetic. Moore¿s outstanding characteristic is his chutzpah. When Ronald Reagan placed a wreath on the graves of some of Hitler¿s S.S. troops, Moore and a Jewish friend snuck through tight security to unveil a sign saying, ¿They killed my family.¿ His lack of fear of disapproval also enabled him to film a group of neo-Nazis and to confront the President of General Motors (Roger Smith) and the president of the National Rifle Association (Charlton Heston).Evaluation: Even while not agreeing with Moore on all issues, I found this book to be - like his movies, consistently entertaining and often downright funny. (JAB)