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- A publishing phenomenon, Michael Moore's previous book, "Stupid White Men (Regan, 2/02), has sold nearly one million hardcover copies to date, was the #1 top-selling nonfiction book in America in 2002, and has remained on the "New York Times bestseller list for 50 weeks and counting.- Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Documentary ...more
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Manny
One of the early triumphs of Unified Media Theory was the discovery of the anti-coulter. Predicted in 2001 and experimentally verified the following year, the anti-coulter (often colloquially referred to as the "mooreon") is a heavy particle with positive charm, charge and strangeness and leftward spin.

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Eric
The older I get, the more disenchanted I become with Michael Moore. I don't consider myself a conservative by any stretch of the imagination, but his kind of activism is indicative of what's wrong with a lot of liberal activism- narcissism. He's so absorbed with his own righteousness -and the fact that so many people in his audience with reinforce his righteousness with blind praise and little analysis- that the causes he supposedly stands for are beside the point. Some might say this is giving ...more
Adam
Don't waste your time.

While I would certainly identify my self as not only a Democrat but a huge 'anti-fan' (as they say here in Korea) of George-Dub, I found this book incredibly irritating.

Though well intentioned (meaning, I'm going to try to reveal Bush and his cronies for what they are), the book is simply irritating to read! Moore cannot get over his own biases and while he presents a great deal of well researched facts, he is clearly on a one sided agenda.

It seems a bit hypocritical that h
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Darcy O'Brien
I loved this book, and I would reommend it to anyone who has ever felt frustrated with George W. Bush and his administration. I would especially recommend it to anyone who is a fan of George W. Bush (if there are any left) and conservative republicans. Dude Where's My Country investigates the events leading up to and following the 9/11 attacks, the Bush Family's long time friendship with the Saudi Arabian Royal Family, the environment, and what we as a people can do to take back our country. At ...more
Raja Subramanian
I read this book quite a year after it was published when I was visiting the USA. The aftermath of 9/11, the shrill defending of action against Iraq in Fox News, etc., and the war on terror brought to your living room on TV, was a different backdrop when I read the book the first time.

Much has changed since the early 2000's. And yet, nothing seems to have changed. Politics in the USA has probably been quite the same - just adapting itself to the flavor of the season. The conservatives seem to be
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Nicky Robinson
Can't say I have an overly strong opinion on this one ... In terms of what was good, a reminder of what transpired in the immediate years following September 11 and within the early days of the 'Bush era'.. And that all was not what the media/government portrayed it to be. What I was non-plussed on, some of Moore's attempts at sarcasm cheapened the message... But I don't mind Michael Moore and the fact that he champions a different perspective, so overall a decent read but not a life changer. Al ...more
Reinhold
Deutlich besser als "Stupid White Men"

Mit diesem Werk legt nun Moore alles ab, was ich an "Stupid White Men" zu kritisieren hatte. Dort habe ich bemäkelt, dass es klischeehaft sei, dass es die Realität vereinfache und mittels Verallgemeinerungen Vorurteile schüren würde. Alle diese Schwächen finden sich hier nun nicht mehr. Weiters hat Moore ganz offensichtlich seine Recherche verbessert. Ein weiterer Kritikpunkt wurde ebenfalls erledigt: Der größte Teil dieses Buches richtet sich nicht bloß an
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Viraj
This book is overall anti-Bush, anti-republican. The author’s tone is of sarcasm and is towards getting some laughs; however, it defeats the purpose. It is probably ok to have the tone while making a point in a video, as is seen in his movie Sicko; however, had this book been better written, a thorough study of the subject indicated by the non-standard format bibliography / reference, would have been more effective. Independent of whether I agree or not with the thoughts, the book is bad to read ...more
Arielle
The book Dude, Where’s My Country? by Michael Moore, is written in the exact style that the title depicts. It is a very laid back, informally written book. However, underneath all the jokes, sarcasm, and the ridiculous chapter from “G-d”, Moore is providing a lot of insight into the 9/11 case, the ties between Bush and the Bin Laden families, and the corruptness of big corporations. The book also urges and declares that George W. Bush should not be reelected in 2004, leaving me with a helpless f ...more
Wile
I'm independent. I don't buy the politics that anyone is shoveling - right or left. Being a person that keeps a finger on the pulse of world events and politics, I nevertheless enjoy reading up on what people believe about the world (or would like you to thing they believe). I always appreciate it if the approach is humorous and especially politically incorrect.

I put Michael Moore in the same boat as Anne Coulter (something which would probably horrify both) - as they are both outrageous entert
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Clinton Sweet
For what I assumed would be a leftie rant, I found his chapter on how to actually have a dialogue with the right educational. It was a book written to swing votes and remove the Stupid White Man from power so a little out of context to read it now. But Aus could do with a similar book right now to remove our current Stupid White Man
Marsha
Mr. Moore doesn’t blame Former President George Dubya or any of his crack staff for the state of our country. He puts the blame squarely on Americans for letting him do it. Once more he skewers hypocrisy, both in the government and in the private sector, while at the same time berating Americans for letting their privacy be whittled away little by little, all in the name of national security.

Mr. Moore makes quite a few uncomfortable points. There is humor here but also the clear-sighted view of
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Mohamed  Tarik El fouly
اهم ما خرجت به من هذا الكتاب انه لا يوجد نموذج مثالى للدميقراطية... فحتى فى الولايات المتحدة لا يستخدم الشعب الديمقراطية بشكل صحيح... بل على العكس تهيمن الكيانات الاقتصادية والشركات على العملية الديمقراطية بشكل يعكس رغبتهم باكثر مما يعكس رغبة الشعب...

النقطة الثانية هى التشابه الفظيع بين ليبرالين امريكا وليبرالين مصر... فكلاهما على مستوى واحد وغير محبوب من قبل المحافظين المتدينين... على الرغم من ان معظم الشعب يحمل داخله افكار ليبرالية او يسارية إلا انه لا يحب ان يعطى لنفسه نموذج معين.. سواء ليبرا
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Stephen Morgan-MacKay
I've always enjoyed reading political books retrospectively, and Moore didn't disappoint in this blistering critique of a post-9/11 Bush administration that is more concerned with crony capitalism and the defamation of the Constitution. Moore's political stance is only eclipsed by his no-nonsense approach to governance and the formation of a true Republic. Written in 2004, this book expounds upon not only upon Bush's precursor to the Iraq invasion (9/11) but also focuses on the collapse of Enron ...more
Anthony
Jul 24, 2007 Anthony rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those suffering from BDS
Shelves: political
This was the beginning of the end with my love affair with the left. Typical angry Moore makes some good points, but Moore doesn't think about the long-term consequences of his ideas. I can respect that Moore doesn't like corporations or conservatives or George W. Bush, but he really needs to reconsider how he attacks the other side, saying that someone is only a conservative because they wants lower taxes cheapens the ideas of conservative thought that have contributed to Moore's ability to wri ...more
Andrew Schladetsch
I read this book when I was 13, young and impressionable.
The thing about Michael Moore, I believe, is that he is very, very good at convincing/persuading people towards his ideals, which in face-value are quite sensible.
He's a great entertainer, a great writer and also a great political and socio-cultural commentator, however, dig a little under the surface you can see there's a lot of things which can be quite questionable. However, the majority of his views (based around 2003 and the George
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
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"The book shares much with Al Franken's Lies besides liberal sentiment and satirical tone; not only do both authors rely on the hoary device of having God tell them He doesn't support the president, but they each claim to pack their carry-on luggage with baseballs to bean would-be hijackers. But where Franken attacks individual conservatives, Moore focuses on issues. His first chapter is a series of unsettlingly specific questions (based on rigorously footnoted facts) about the political
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Charles Baker
I had nearly forgotten just how bad the G. W. Bush administration really was. Glad I listened to this. It's amazing how the GOP is able to pull the wool over the eyes of so many, they are the party of the rich. I guess it's as Moore says, the great American Horatio Alger myth. If you are at all progressive or liberal ( see in particular definition 8 ) in your thinking, you owe it to yourself to listen to this audio book or read the book.
Marc
Jan 08, 2015 Marc rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Deric Boileau; Michael Boileau
This is a much better book than SWMen. It is more thoughtful in being funny. His message is very much the same as Chris Hedges (Empire of Illusion).
Three chapters I consider "must read" for any American or watcher of Americans:

Chapter 5-How to stop terrorism? Stop being terrorists!
"The 'War on Terror' should not be a war on Afganistan ...[etc.]. It should be a war on our own dark impulses." p.127 (Chalmers Johnson made the same case in his book "Blowback") I have always said that if you go arou
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Betsy
Informative. This perspective makes me question journalists and politicians. There needs to be something that holds them accountable for their action and their talk. Otherwise it is just frustrating. Does not make sense that other professions are held liable for their work and politicians and journalists are seemingly lying left and right. This can make a person very apathetic (after the anger simmers down) and depressed.
Ettore Pasquini
Bello, ma non troppo. This book sounds a little dated. Sure, it was released after the start of the Iraqi war, but the style Michael Moore writes with and the over-sharing of his feelings toward W. Bush contribute to this feeling.

His writing "style" is pretty much how he speaks, which makes it for a fun read, but somehow diminishes the bearing of this book. I mean, sarcasm is expected, I get it, but (for instance) interspersing it with the detailed notes he added at the end of the book could ha
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Monte Dutton
Oh, it's a diatribe, but a relatively cogent one. Michael Moore attempts -- and succeeds -- to espouse a liberal agenda in behalf of working-class Americans. For those who became fed up with liberals, Moore suggests it's time to get fed up with conservatives. It's hard to dispute the notion that the Republicans have screwed up the country. Moore is only too happy to be Everyman.
Duncan Mandel
EDITORIAL REVIEW: From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Stupid White Men comes a hilarious act of sedition to overthrow the 'Thief in Chief'-and effect the kind of change that just may save the country. Michael Moore is on a mission: He aims to unseat the man who slithered into the White House on tracks laid by guilty Enron execs and greased with his daddy's oil associations. And as for 'The Left,' they're just as satisfied to stand idly by as the chasm between the 'haves' and 'hav ...more
Stephen
Oct 14, 2009 Stephen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who lost a job
Damn fine book, guys. Read it and learn while you laugh at how stupid we were to elect an oil man and a military contractor (who gave us $4 per gallon gas, a needless war, a recession that won't go away no matter the technical terms of 'recession', and a trillion dollar bank bailout).
Lisa
I really like Michael Moore and thoroughly enjoyed this book. At first I thought it was all the same as the movie, Fahrenheit 911, but there was more to the book.

Definitely would have found it difficult to enjoy if I didn't agree with many of the author's views.

-uht!
I like Michael Moore's writing more than his documentaries. He's got a relaxed, fun style with a surprising amount of depth beneath it. The book is a bit reactionary in parts (moreso than Stupid White Men), but it was an enjoyable read and well documented and researched.
Mary Watkins
Moore's brassy humor and unapologetically leftist slant are what sells here. His style has made him both revered and reviled. Incidentally, for those who have already seen "Farenheit 9/11", this book is what the movie is largely based on.
Will Byrnes
Some good detail about Bush connections to the Bin Laden and Saudi royal families a nice chapter on a suggested liberal responses to one's yahoo relations short, readable, amusing enough, has some info re useful links.
Fabio De Bernardi
I started this book thinking... "if it's Michael Moore in his not-too-enjoyable and too opinionated way I will leave this book. But let's give a go to a couple of chapters..." and I quickly read the whole book. And enjoyed it. Actually, there isn't too much to enjoy when the picture painted is so dark, but there is a positive message and after all the book is from 2003 and Bush is no longer in the White House. Without going into the details of the book, I'd say I would recommend it and if you cu ...more
Ritesh Ir
Excellent one. Provides to the reader information of US politics.
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Michael Moore is an American filmmaker, author and liberal political commentator. He is the director and producer of Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, and Capitalism: A Love Story, four of the top nine highest-grossing documentaries of all time.[3] In September
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