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Stupid White Men & Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation

3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,898 Ratings  ·  513 Reviews
Stupid White Men, Michael Moore's screed against "Thief-in-Chief" George Bush's power elite, hit No. 1 at within days of publication. Why? It's as fulminating and crammed with infuriating facts as any right-wing bestseller, as irreverent as The Onion, and as noisily entertaining as a wrestling smackdown. Moore offers a more interesting critique of the 2000 elect ...more
Published May 6th 2004 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 2001)
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Oct 30, 2007 Annette rated it did not like it  ·  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
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
Jan 09, 2008 Dustin rated it it was ok  ·  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
Aug 04, 2011 Christian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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?
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
Stef Rozitis
Actually the first thing that struck me, was how current this more than ten year old book still is. Granted the names in politics have changed in the last decade, but most of Moore's critiques could land as squarely now as in the beginning- especially his critique of the increasingly similar two parties (he is talking about USA but it also struck me how much of his political insight works almost equally well for Australia).

Moore is readable, funny, breaks things into short sections which is extr
Jun 13, 2007 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 2015 Yanper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το βιβλίο αναφέρεται στις ΗΠΑ. Στο πρώτο μέρος, ο Μουρ δίνει στοιχεία για την νοθεία των προεδρικών εκλογών, στις οποίες εξελέγη ο Μπους ο νεότερος, και καταδεικνύει την δύναμη του συστήματος, που μπορεί να αγνοεί πολιτικές ιδεολογίες, την θέληση και τις ψήφους και να επιβάλλει τις επιθυμίες του.Διαβάζοντάς το καταλαβαίνεις για μία φορά ακόμη πόσο έρμαια είμαστε στις επιθυμίες του Συστήματος και πόσο αδύναμοι να αντιταχθούμε σ' αυτό.Στο υπόλοιπο με ένα ιδιότυπο χιούμορ, με αμερικάνικο χιούμορ πο ...more
Michael Brown
Jun 07, 2010 Michael Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Dec 02, 2008 Bill rated it did not like it  ·  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
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
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
Michael Moore hits the nail on the head and has presented facts that cannot be disputed!

The Black culture has been beaten down by maliciousness and innuendo by the culture who holds all the cards! You’ll learn how white corporate American designed and marketed its message to keep Black people oppressed and to keep white corporate America to always come up smelling like roses! And, to use as a distraction while white corporate America rob America blind.

Unfortunately, Stupid White Men is a book th
Jul 20, 2009 Genjiro rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 29, 2007 Joe rated it liked it  ·  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.
Nov 16, 2011 Zaki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The rude title would have normally have put me off but being that is Michael Moore wrote it, I had a go.
Rami Ghamrawi
What I didn't like is how the author sometimes goes wayyyyyyyyyyyyy too much in depth when talking about political foundations and government pretext and basis. I understand that is crucial in understanding most of the points throughout the book, but I personally dislike anything related to these matters. Which is why I found myself skipping some portions of the book

The first time I read this book I was just reading without assessment and with alot of indulgence. Which kind of gave me a false a
Jan 16, 2013 Gill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
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
Mar 14, 2010 Ject Toons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"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
Nov 08, 2011 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pmbc
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
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
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
Sep 19, 2011 Becca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w-2011, library
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
Ryan Mishap
Aug 21, 2008 Ryan Mishap rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Reading this book is a bit like having someone shout facts at you continuously for a few hours! Moore has collated a vast swathe of information on Bush and the administration, and revels in the facts and figures he has. However, Moore has a very extreme point of view (IMO) and I would like to see the anti-Moore point of view presented as well in order to get a balanced overview of the state of America. As with all fanatics, he only presents one viewpoint, without the balancing side being represe ...more
Anne Claire
Jan 02, 2015 Anne Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anglais
Michaël Moore s'est spécialisé dans le documentaire satirique. Je le connaissais en qualité de cinéaste notamment dans Bowling For Columbine (tuerie du lycée de Columbine par un adolescent) et avais apprécié à cette occasion son ton, que je qualifierais avec euphémisme d'ironique, la précision et la documentation de ses propos et son côté "sans-gêne".
J'ai retrouvé avec plaisir dans l'écriture de Moore les mêmes caractéristiques. Cet essai est particulièrement bien documenté. Moore nous évoque
Emma Rum
Oct 09, 2014 Emma Rum rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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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