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Dude, Where's My Country?

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  15,082 ratings  ·  382 reviews
In case anyone in Washington hasn't noticed, Americans are fed up with the status quo. In this, the first shot fired over the bow of the 2004 Presidential election, Michael Moore aims to unseat the man who slithered into the White House on tracks built by the bloody hands of Enron and greased with the oil of his daddy. As if an unelected, semi-literate president weren't pr ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2003)
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Jun 05, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Usman Hickmath
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
In 2001, your chance as an American of dying in an act of terrorism in US was 1 in 100,000.
In 2001, you had a greater chance of dying from the flu or pneumonia (1 in 4,500), from taking your own life (1 in 9,200), being a homicide victim (1 in 14,000), or riding a car (1 in 6,500).

But no one freaked out over the possibility of being killed every time you drove in your dangerous car to buy a heart disease inducing doughnut from a coughing teenager. The suicide rate alone means that you were a gre
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
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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Briar's Reviews
I love Michael Moore's documentaries - they are funny, reflect on real events and always get my mind moving. With that in mind, picking up this book just seemed so natural! I found a copy at a local charity book sale and I figured, why not read it?

Unfortunately, I didn't love it as much as I thought I would have. I really think this book would have been better in film form (for me, anyways). I loved Michael's unique and funny style of crafting the narrative in this book but I just couldn't keep
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Donald Powell
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: government, history
I was given this book in November, 2003 but it got lost in my life events until I was able to whittle down the books by reading them. Michael Moore is imminently intelligent, informed and comedic. This book is dated in respect to G.W. Bush but still highly relevant in its discussion and analysis of the still extant issues. He is very persuasive, using common values and common sense.
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
Darcy O'Brien
Jul 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Nicky Robinson
Aug 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Jun 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 24, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
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.
Apr 18, 2012 is currently reading it
Michael Moore’s book Dude, Where’s My Country? serves the purpose of asking just that question. Moore uses his book as a platform to question the Bush administration, which was in power back when the book was written in 2003. Rather than attack Bush, however, Moore takes a different approach. He seems to reprimand the American people for allowing Bush into power and willingly and unquestionably accepting everything he did. The beginning of the book asks a series of questions regarding Bush’s re ...more
David Sarkies
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody really
Recommended to David by: I read all of Michael Moore's books at one stage
Shelves: politics
Another rant about the failings of Corporate America
9 June 2012

I am probably going to go down the same road as many of the other commentators on this book, namely that while Michael Moore does make some good points, it does not appear to be a properly researched and documented work. While his videos were amusing (at first) they end up becoming little more than some self-righteous rant at a political ideology that the author (and this particular reader) does not necessarily believe. In fact, the
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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
Jan 28, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark Haberfield
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well researched, informed and written book which both shocked and riveted me while I read it on holiday (it is also quite amusing in places despite the sober subject matter). It cites specific references to many official documents and data sources in the same way that an academic research paper would to ensure traceability of the facts used back to credible sources. I wish I had read this 10+ years ago and will be looking for copies of Michael Moore's other work now. The first rev ...more
Stephen Morgan-MacKay
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Charles Baker
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Monte Dutton
May 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Clinton Sweet
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Jun 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
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. ...more
Mary Watkins
Dec 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Oct 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
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). ...more
Feb 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.

Ritesh Ir
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent one. Provides to the reader information of US politics.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angry, well argued response to US politics in the age of Dubya. The reaction to Trump might take a while longer.
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