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3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  11,627 ratings  ·  465 reviews
Michael Moore's mission is to ruffle as many feathers as possible, and with his latest manifesto, Stupid White Men, he's done an admirable job. Moore, known as both a filmmaker and a bestselling author, takes on our current and former presidents, corporate America, and the judicial system in this irreverently witty, no-holds-barred look at the state of the nation.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 12th 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2001)
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Annette
Oct 30, 2007 Annette rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Liberals who don't like to fact check.
I'm a pretty huge social liberal. Maybe it's because I've been in law school too long, but I need facts. This book is garbage. It lacks citations and simply anecdotal. Want to know how Moore proves his point that there is a water shortage? Because he was at a chic party and heard a rich person talking about taking their yacht out on the reservoir. Want to know why black people kill each other in inner cities? Because white people buy guns...people steal those guns...and those guns are sold to bl ...more
Dustin
Jan 09, 2008 Dustin rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young college students who want to appear hip to the bad state of politics without expending effort
Shelves: crappy-books
I had to read this book for a class, and, lucky me, a few weeks before I had to have it read, Moore came and spoke at my school. I got tickets for me and a couple of my friends and bought the book at the door. Michael Moore is a rambunctious fellow for someone so hefty, and he gave a good speech or lecture or whathaveyou; I wouldn't call it inspiring, but to my 21-year-old mind still adjusting to the demands of big city livin' and the expectations of being a college student, I remember being fir ...more
K.D. Absolutely
President George W. Bush (born 1946) was the President of the US from 2001 to 2009. He became the president on the year that our President Erap Estrada (born 1937) was ousted from his seat.

I recalled this while reading the book because I was then working as the Asia Pacific Purchasing Manager in my previous company, a multinational chemical manufacturer. Our Buyers across the region were invited over to have our conference here in Manila. During one particular dinner, my Australian team mate as
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Christian
This book IS a little dated now. However, that does NOT detract from the simple fact that the presidency of George W. Bush, if one could call it that, was a farce from the outset. And that is what this book is mostly about. I won't go too much into detail and let the book do that. What I will say is that Bush Jr. should have been denied presidency on the grounds that it was and is a conflict of interest. Pure and simple! And the absolute low point in the history of the United States will forever ...more
Manny
Not being American, though having spent a fair amount of time in the US, I didn't quite get the point of this book until one day I flipped through "Godless" at a bookstore. Then it suddenly became clear - you were meant to preface every paragraph with "Why should Ann Coulter have all the fun?" And indeed, why should she?
Ken
I was prone from the start to give this book a favorable review, because my politics are right there with Moore's. For readers like me, he's preaching to the choir. I found the book alternately entertaining and disturbing as facts, statistics, serious rants and cheeky humor flew off the page. Some passages made me want to jump up and help change the world; others made me feel that it's all too much and that I'll soon be hopelessly watching our nation unravel. I suspect the author's own moods flu ...more
Bill
Dec 02, 2008 Bill rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Communists
Shelves: don-t-bother
WTF? This guy delights in embarrassing people. I think he must be some sicko type of sadist that he thrills in watching other people squirm.He goes out of his way to surprise unsuspecting miscreants and then applies the hard questions. Granted, most of his targets are dirt bags and deserve to be "outed". But do they deserve the scathing embarrassment he subjects them to? Maybe. Moore, Olberman, and others who delight in ridicule as a form of muckraking, are no different than windbags like Rush L ...more
Leigh Ann Wilson, Ph.D.
As an admitted "academic snob," I'll confess that I've stayed away from some of Moore's earlier works simply because I didn't feel he had the intellectual chops to address some of the questions that he raises. However, this book is a very humorous and sometimes frightening satire of the state of the US today. And he's not a scholar, but then again, nowhere did I find proof that he professes to be. He posits important questions for discussion and, due to his popularity, is able to put these ideas ...more
Gertrude & Victoria
Initially, I was too embarrassed to add this to my list of books. But then, I did. The reason I read this book was that I wanted to see for myself what kind of nonsense it was all about. Just judging by the title, Stupid White Men, a person with average intelligence should already be highly dubious of any claims he makes. I don't want to offend any of the members on this site, but only veritable ignoramuses would agree with the majority of Moore's ridiculous assertions and conclusions. He really ...more
Genjiro
Based on the glowing recommendations of many of my colleagues from my previous job, I persuaded myself to give it a try--but not without suspicion. The one-star rating is for the humor behind the ranting and raving of Moore. For those who want to pass time, I recommend something other than this book, anything, as a matter of fact. It is probably the worst book I have ever read.
عبد الحميد بوحسين
في ليلة من أسوأ ليالي حياتي حدثت أشياء كثيرة
أتذكر ذلك اليوم الأكتوبري الأخير لي في القاهرة صيف و خريف 2003،لم أجد سيارة أجرة تقلني الى المطار إلا بعد تأخير ممطوط،طبعا طارت الطائرة بدوني،لحسن الحظ تبقت لدي جنيهات كافية للعودة الى وكالة أسفاري العزيز ة جدا جدا !!!!!!
ستسوء لحظاتي الأخيرة أكثر حين فقدت احدى حقائبي ،بتماثيلها المشتراة من خان الخليلي و الكثير من الكتب،من بينها هذا الكتاب
تلك الليلة و هذا الكتاب مرتبطان في ذاكرتي،حتى حين قرأته لاحقا كانت كلماته تتداخل مع لحظاتي السيئة هناك
لكنه كتاب ممت
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Joe
Aug 29, 2007 Joe rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Telegraph readers
A decent enough introduction to some of the real issues in politics today. Michael Moore does a good job presenting the stuff the corporate media slags do their best to obfuscate and the average news consumer would rather ignore. The book's strength is that it will be palatable to the kind of audience that is curious about what's going on in the world but would still be scared by Chomsky, Pilger, Znet, Counterpunch etc.
Gill
It is a bit dated, about 10 years old by now, but I thought it would be interesting to read anyway. “A Very American Coup” was a great start looking into how Bush “stole” the election; the only other good chapters I found were “Kill Whitey” and “Dear George”. Stupid White Men is often funny and surprising. He never made me really laugh out loud with his writing but he did get a chuckle. There are some good stories hidden its chapters and those parts I really did enjoy reading. For the rest of th ...more
Ject Toons
Nunca había leído ningún libro relacionado con política, y mucho menos con política de un país ajeno al mío. Elegí uno bueno para comenzar. Michael Moore logra captar la atención del lector desde el principio, haciendo uso de sus brillantes puntadas en contra de aquellos estúpidos hombres blancos que gobiernan su país.

Contrario a lo que se piensa, no es en su totalidad un libro interesante, ni siquiera habla de política todo el tiempo (aunque de la manera en que él lo pinta todo está relacionado
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Eric
There is a lot of conjecture and storytelling in this book. If you want a quick and fast explanation for what is wrong with American politics, you're halfway there. It is beautifully unapologetic, much as the story told is incredibly one-sided. Moore presents himself in a like-me-or-hate-me way, pointing out the things that are wrong with America, and how the Presidential Election of 2000 was an omen of the things that would go wrong during Bush II's presidency.
I particularly liked a part where
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Michael Brown
“Stupid White Men: …and other sorry excuses for the State of the Nation!” by Michael Moore is an interesting book. This book is more about what was/is wrong with our country and how both parties are guilty of causing it. It is also a call to take back our country one step at a time. This book was written pre 9/11.

Michael Moore throughout this book takes the time to disprove some of the myths some of us live with and possibly believe. He pulls no punches he points out the problems with both the R
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Yvensong
As Moore states in his Acknowledgments ("I hope you had a few good laughs. I hope it has inspired you to go and raise a ruckus.") Moore is looking to push your proverbial buttons while bringing a chuckle or two. In this biting exposé of the social/political environment of 2001, he succeeds on both counts.

He spares no one, turning his sharp wit on G. W. Bush, Cheney, Clinton, Republicans, Democrats, Corporations, white men, U.S. citizens, and his favored Ralph Nadar.

I remember when this book came
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وردٌ شاميّ
كتاب آخر يبرز الوجه القبيح لأمريكا، الوجه المتغضن المرعب والمتجهم، العابس في وجوه الأمريكيين أنفسهم.
كتاب آخر يقدم السياسة كما هي: لعبة من المكائد والكذب والمداهنة والخداع، والجماهيرُ جماعاتٌ تقودها نخبة متسلطة لا تسعى إلا وراء مصالحها.
ديمقراطية أميركا - كما يبدو - ديمقراطية النخب فقط: عمليات الخداع الانتخابية والرشاوى العملاقة وسحق الضعفاء، لا تختلف بشيء عن مثيلاتها في الدول الأقل "تحضراً" بل تفوقها لامعقولية وقسوة، لأنها تجري بكل صفاقة في معقل "الديمقراطية" في العالم، ومنفذوها غير آبهين بأي رد
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Nandakishore Varma
I read this book because I liked Fahrenheit 9/11, and because I share Moore's feelings towards George W. Bush. But the book proved to be highly speculative and unsatisfying, and left me suspecting Moore's genuinity, a feeling which was enhanced by watching the movies Bowling for Columbine and Sicko. He seems to edit facts and figures to prove his point, in his books as well as movies, just like any politician. His humour is also too cynical for my taste.

A humourist once wrote: "For the rose bus
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Becca
Well, I'm going to pass judgement on this book in the simplest way I can: it was bad.

For some inexplicable reason, this was a textbook for a class I'm taking. It is, however, less like a textbook and more like a well-informed rant on politics and the general poor state the world is in today. It's chock full of interjections, sarcasm, and bullet-point lists of things like "Things the South was Right About: beef jerky, lemonade, napping in hammocks, wal-mart, walt disney world."

I will say that it
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Ryan Mishap
Whatever his politics, I think Moore is hilarious and sometimes he does manage to illustrate aspects of our culture that remain shrouded in myths and quiet acceptance. This book, however, was very disappointing and sometimes disturbing. Like, he suggests that the Palestinians should stop all violence, even self-defense and emulate Ghandi—even going as far as lying down in front of Israeli tanks. He says, sure, some of you will die, but gosh darn it, the world will be behind you on the high groun ...more
Kris
3 STARS

"In the winter of 2002, Stupid White Men took America -- and the world -- by storm. Tired and skeptical of George W. Bush's high approval ating, frightened by the implications of the Enron scandal -- and generally just looking for a voice of honest dissent in the thick atmosphere of jingoism that followed 9/11 -- book buyers from coast to coast swiftly embraced Michael Moore's in-your-face anti-Bush-era manifesto, making it one of the bestselling nonfiction books of the year.

With an unerr
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Emma Rum
I don't know if I will ever have the patience to finish this book. I started it because I have enjoyed Moore's movies from a young age and from the first few pages I thought I was in for a fairly good description of how "stupid white men" dominate and live off the majority's labour... I took it to the beach with a bottle of wine and ended up scribbling frantically about why it pissed me off.


His "counter-coup" is not a viable solution to the corruption of "stupid white men". He urges his readers
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Applesunltd
Michael Moore is insane. Read this after watching bowling for Colombine years ago. Wasn't a fan. Too out there.
Although I recently read an article by him regarding transportation in the US and how the financial crisis was an opportunity to put money into bullet trains across the US. Very good ideas in terms of using the goverment funded GM plants to give back to cross country sustainable infrastructure
Fernando
Es buen libro.

Trae datos muy interesantes.

No teme criticar a su propia gente (los gringos), sobre sus estupideces y avaricias.

Muy valiente al atacar duramente a Bush Jr. DURANTE SU PRESIDENCIA, y no despues, como la mayoría hace.

Trae tambien datos interesantísimos sobre el estado del planeta: polución, calentamiento global, reparto desigual de riqueza, etc.

Un libro de denuncia muy valioso.

Lo que no me gustó es que abusa del humor y la ironía, tanto que a veces no se sabe cuando sí está hablando
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محمد الهاشمي
كتاب سياسي خـفيف وطريف وعندما خرج كانت المشاعر في أوج احتقانها وقلقها بعد أحداث سبتمبر. أحيي شجاعة مور في هذا الكتاب باستفزازه الشديد لمحاولة الامريكيين تخوين كل شيء يعارض سياسة "الحرب على الإرهاب" ويجعل مسالة الوطنية محصورة في تأييد حكومة بوش وأفعالها المتهورة. لغته بسيطة ولكنها مرحة ومتهكمة
Tracy
Wish I could give this a NEGATIVE 5 stars.

Michael Moore is a mountebank who doesn't bother with facts, research or logic. He just makes up "facts", misquotes "scientific studies" and edits around interviews that don't fit his agenda.

His books are trash.
Nancy
A fun read. Michael Moore is great at using satire to shake Americans out of their complacency and address current issues. Still, I prefer his films: Bowling for Columbine, Canadian Bacon, and Roger and Me.
Kym Andrew Robinson
It is what you would expect from Michael Moore, especially during the Bush years where he was on the Guerilla side of the two party struggle. It is at times funny but a serpic critique of one side of American politics.

If you are a Moore fan and take what he produces as being a truth then this is for you, though if that is the case you no doubt would have already read this book.

Moore is a clever man, he is very talented and knows how to market himself as a product. He is also a part of the proble
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AJ Griffin
Jul 03, 2007 AJ Griffin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pat robertson. he'd dig it
michael moore is kind of like doing lots of drugs.....when you're in the moment, it all seems so perfect and right and convincing. Then you wake up the next morning and realize maybe it wasn't as true as you thought.
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