Downsize This!: Random Threats from an Unarmed American
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Downsize This!: Random Threats from an Unarmed American

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  3,502 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Americans today are working harder, working longer and yet for most of us, in this time of ruthless downsizing and political cronyism, job security, a decent standard of living and a comfortable retirement are becoming harder and harder to find. In this brilliantly funny and right-on-target diatribe, irreverent everyman Michael Moore gives his own bold views on who's behin...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 12th 1997 by Harper Perennial (first published 1996)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Jul 03, 2010 Bryan added it
Back When Moore Had a Real Issue......: This is from an era where Micheal Moore actually made valid points. I'm a Republican, but I'm also a Christian. That means I believe that people are supposed to give a darn about something besides just money. Greed and heartlessness in the corporate world are very real... though I'm a capitalist, this greed thing is something that I struggle with. There are folks who lose their jobs for no reason at all, hard working people with nowhere to go.

It's not rig...more
“Our Citizens Are Armed and They Like To Shoot”

Michael Moore is probably the one man half of America loves and the other half wants to chase out of the country with pitchforks. But hey that’s kind of the thing when polarize, especially with political statements.

I think Michael Moore is an intelligent and funny man and I enjoy reading his stuff and watching his movies. Well this book is not what you would call ‘up to date’. It was first published in 1996 and a second time around 2002. I found it...more
His talent and good sense of balancing irony and sarcasm with social issues makes him one of the few good writers nowadays in this subject area.
Michael Moore does pay teams of fact checkers to ensure he doesn't end up financially beholden to any number of subjects who want his blood. He exaggerates and takes cuts at self-important frauds, but he hasn't been found guilty of falsifying facts against anyone litigious yet, to my knowledge.

As he tells people time and again, he grew up working class Irish-Catholic. This comes out as someone who wants central authorities, especially companies, to do more, while insisting that everyone should b...more
David Sarkies
I picked up this book probably within the first few months of me getting my first fulltime, degree related job. Going from unemployment benefits to a steady wage at the time felt like rivers of gold had opened up and started pouring wealth onto me, and unfortunately I ended up spending it as if it was limitless. One of the things that I began doing was buying lots of books that I had never had the opportunity of being able to afford previously, and I can remember coming home regularly with more...more
The Treeman
Criticizing America is not a new thing. The strength and weaknesses of america has been quite clear for a very long time. I am not sure if I am the correct person to really review a book that doesn't live in america and can directly relate to all he is refering too but I still feel that I can at least understand his criticism through the books I have read about american history and society.

However, as much as I want to love his book I can't. The main issue is that I am never sure when Moore is...more
Hai Quan
While I agree with most of his main points, being a Viet-namese ( Hey the world ! this is the correct form, not Vietnamese ! Why we gave the American a superior power to do everything for us, including Americanize our country name and hence our people name , for the life of me, I do not understand ! ) I am most interested in Chapter 23 : THOSE KEYSTONE CUBANS.

I am even so enthralled after I had severely criticized Mirta Ojito 's memoir FINDING MA~NANA , to know that I was right all along ! Accor...more
Travis L. Poland
Jan 03, 2008 Travis L. Poland rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Michael Moore Fanboys
Okay, I admit it. I'm a big, fat, Michael Moore Fanboy. It feels good to get that off my chest. I generally agree with almost everything he tries to say in his films and books, but what I like most is how he frames the discussion. It's easy to become a pompous pundit blow-hard covering such topics, and your local Barnes and Noble or Borders is full of them. Michael Moore, however, is like talking to the funny fat guy at work on a smoke break. His dry sarcasm, and plain-spoken questioning style c...more
David Malantic
Can't decide between 3 & 4 stars. This is my favorite written work from the iconoclastic MM. Its content is quite provocative and insightful yet it is far too desultory to be considered a masterpiece; this is the same criticism I would level at "Slaughterhouse Five" for example, which is a far better book. However, politically, it's a must read. Released after his excellent, focused "Roger & Me," it was written during a more innocent time, linking his thoughts on Reaganomics, corporate d...more
As a two-time victim of corporate (once non-profit greed), I found it easy to read and found myself getting even more angry! But unfortunately it's the same old story, greed is the basis of pretty much all economic problems, and the march of progress is kicking us all lifeless.

But hey, we know the world is greedy, yet nothing seems to change. So despite resonating with the content, there's not much more here than a rant by Moore, who admitedly can be arrogant when he wants to be. But he at leas...more
Find Moore to be an interesting character who writes from a different perspective. Not my favorite among his writings yet entertaining & thought provoking.
Dave Peticolas

Michael Moore is extremely funny and bitingly sarcastic.

John Brugge
Good set of essays on all the things you can get mad about and laugh about, looking at the world of politics and business from the outside. It doesn't take a whole lot to point ou absurdities in the system, but few do it as well and as sharply as Moore.

His e-mails to his list tell that his latest book, "Stupid White Men", was almost shredded instead of being published after 9/11 because of fears of offending sensitivities and "national unity." Instead, it shot to #1 on Amazon. An excellent antid...more
Nicole Yovanoff
I really enjoyed this book. Wanted to read it years ago, but never had the chance and only finally got a copy on the cheap.

It was also good that I got to see a pre-9/11 perspective of the world's economy. Very funny at times with "radical" approached to solving the economic situation in the US, I found it even more funny on his jokes on abortions and rape from the right. At the time the right was less socially less extreme and Moore made jokes about ridiculous views on rape and abortion, which...more
So why read a 1996 book about politics in 2013? I'm not sure either, but when I saw this book in a friend's box of books to donate, it seemed to call out to me. And I'm glad I decided to read it. A lot has changed since 1996, but it's actually a little shocking how much actually hasn't. And while I don't agree with all of Michael Moore's essays, he certainly has an interesting way of writing about things! An entertaining and somewhat bittersweet look back at the way things were (and, sadly, in m...more
Suzanne Macdowell
Today, more than we have in a very long time, we need to read this book and remind ourselves of the link between mass murders, for example Timothy McVey, and a horrible economy. McVey bombed the Oklahoma City FBI Building during the last really bad economy and how we have this current tragedy. I find it sad, however, that Mr. Moore is silent how that it is a Democratic President who is failing to address the economic issues that are putting our country at risk for tragedies such as this.
It's actually surprising when this book was written almost 15 years ago and America seems to be stuck in the same rut of corporate greed. Good book, political references are a little out of date right now but a lot of the sad truths are still relevant. Especially lack of health care, jobs being shipped out of the country and corporate greed
Maybe just Michael Wore who know how to critcize his own country in a fun way.

in this book, he rumble to the crimes that was done by big corporates wich made thousand unemployment in US while the goverment up there was spoiling all those big babies for their own sakes.

funny and entertaining.

Amy Wolf
As one who has been downsized at least three times (the worst being Washington Mutual) I can fully appreciate the sentiments behind this book. I do think that Moore is a publicity-hound, but he does make some extremely valid points. Saw him speak in Seattle & he is uncompromising in his views.
David Goodberg
This book is a gem. Sure, I read it over 10 years ago, but it's one of those important books that everyone shold read and it really sticks! This is a very early work of his, before he got all soapy and crazy. It focuses on corporate crime and what big buasinesses are easily getting away with.
Argues (humorously and I think convincingly) that corporations should be required to be "good corporate citizens," prohibited from posting record profits that don't lead to higher salaries, laying off large numbers of employees without compensating the communities they affect, etc.
Erik Graff
Sep 16, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Americans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
I've always enjoyed Michael Moore's films and books--even the one episode I saw of his short-lived television program. It is a pleasant change to occasionally review the matters he discusses with some humor.

I was, incidentally, downsized myself and appreciate his concern.
Tony Bake
If there is one thing worse than Michael Moore's "documentaries," it's his writing. Simply horrible. And those were my thoughts when I still liked him and before I figured out that he is a fraud. Michael Moore...the Sean Hannity of the left. They are both pathetic hacks.
Derek Baldwin
When I wasn't famous, part 952.... Read this after seeing Michael Moore's BBC2 series years ago, and the film whose name I've forgotten, Someone-or-other And Me, about car industry. That was refreshing, and said things that needed to be said. So does this book.
I learned the way things are run in this country. This book is the reason I started paying attention to politics. After reading this book and learning of corporate welfare, I decided I would start voting when the candidates started talking about this issue.
Jul 24, 2007 Anthony rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like Michael Moore
Shelves: political
Decent, before he was in his I hate Bush screed. Makes some valid points about coporations and their ability to run fast and loose with their labor pool, but lacks a deeper understanding of the economics involved in profits, hiring decisions and the like.
Jack Gattanella
My introduction to Moore - I dunno, this I got before Roger and me, the cover just seemed interesting - and its a great place to start. I love the chapter about the right to life ideal but about sperm instead of the egg being most precious.
I have to be honest - I barely remember reading this book and couldn't tell you much about the contents. I read it on vacation several years back. I remember enjoying it then! I mean, it's Michael Moore, so it's funny and not very hard to read.
I have a lot of respect for Michael Moore as a documentary film maker. I was not impressed with him as an author, however. This book is a less funny, less entertaining version of the documentary "The Big One." Watch the documentary, skip the book.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot
  • Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America
  • New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer
  • The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
  • Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs
  • Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate
  • Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America
  • Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta
  • A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the  Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies
  • Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
  • Ganz unten: Mit einer Dokumentation der Folgen
  • You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times
  • Death Blossoms: Reflections from a Prisoner of Conscience
  • Are You Dave Gorman?
  • Against All Enemies
  • George W. Bushisms: The Slate Book of Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Our 43rd President
  • Hardball: How Politics Is Played Told By One Who Knows The Game
  • The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

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...more
More about Michael Moore...
Dude, Where's My Country? Stupid White Men Here Comes Trouble Will They Ever Trust Us Again? Adventures In A Tv Nation

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »