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Stupid White Men . and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!

Moore, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0060392452 / ISBN 13: 9780060392451
Published by ReganBooks [an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublisher], New York, 2001
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xx, [2], 281, [1] pages. Inscribed by author on fep. Notes and Sources. About the Author. About the Typeface. Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American documentary filmmaker, activist and author. One of his first films, Bowling for Columbine, which examines the causes of the Columbine High School massacre and overall gun culture of the United States, won the Academy Award. He also directed and produced Fahrenheit 9/11, a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush and the War on Terror, which became the highest-grossing documentary at the American box office of all time and winner of a Palme d'Or. His next documentary, Sicko, which examines health care in the United States, also became one of the top ten highest-grossing documentaries. He has also written and starred in the TV shows TV Nation, a satirical newsmagazine television series, and The Awful Truth, a satirical show. Moore's written and cinematic works criticize topics such as globalization, large corporations, assault weapon ownership, U.S. Presidents, the Iraq War, the American health care system, and capitalism overall. In 2005, Time magazine named Moore one of the world's 100 most influential people. Although the publishers were convinced this book would be rejected by the American public after the September 11 attacks, it spent 50 consecutive weeks on New York Times Best Seller list (eight weeks at #1) for hardcover nonfiction. It is generally known by its short title, Stupid White Men. The book is highly critical of recent U.S. government policies in general, and the policies of the Clinton and Bush administrations in particular. Moore's "A Prayer to Afflict the Comfortable" was originally published in this book. Moore completed Stupid White Men shortly before the September 11, 2001 attacks. His publisher, HarperCollins, initially refused to release the book, fearing bad publicity in the wake of the attacks. HarperCollins wanted Moore to rewrite half of the book. They asked him to tone down criticism of the president. On December 1, Moore told an audience about the struggle to get his book published and that the only copies in existence were about to be recycled. Moore read the first chapters of his book to the group. In the audience was Ann Sparanese, a librarian. Sparanese sent word to various email lists, explaining Moore's predicament. Despite HarperCollins' predictions, the book became enormously popular. First edition [stated]. Eighth Printing [stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 74657

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Title: Stupid White Men . and Other Sorry Excuses ...

Publisher: ReganBooks [an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublisher], New York

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Remember when everything was looking up? When the government was running at a surplus, pollution was disappearing, peace was breaking out in the Middle East and Northern Ireland, and the Bridge to the 21st century was strung with high–speed Internet cable and paved with 401K gold?

Well, so much for the future. Michael Moore, the award–winning provocateur behind Roger & Me and the bestseller Downsize This!, now returns to size up the new century – and that big, ugly special–interest group that's laying waste to the world as we know it: stupid white men. Whether he's calling for United Nations action to overthrow the Bush Family Junta, calling on African–Americans to place 'whites only' signs over the entrances of unfriendly businesses, or praying that Jesse Helms will get kissed by a man, Stupid White Men is Mike's Manifesto on Malfeasance and Mediocrity. So if you're feeling the same way and you're wondering what's going to give out first – the economy, Dick Cheney's pacemaker, or your new VW Beetle – here's the book for you.

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Stupid White Men, Michael Moore's screed against "Thief-in-Chief" George Bush's power elite, hit No. 1 at Amazon.com 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 election than Ralph Nader's Crashing the Party (he argued with Nader, his old boss, who sacked him), and he's serious when he advocates ousting Bush. But Moore's rage is outrageous, couched in shameless gags and madcap comedy: "Old white men wielding martinis and wearing dickies have occupied our nation's capital.... Launch the SCUD missiles! Bring us the head of Antonin Scalia!... We are no longer [able] to hold free and fair elections. We need U.N. observers, U.N. troops." Moore's ideas range from on-the-money (Arafat should beat Sharon with Gandhi's nonviolent shame tactics) to over-the-top: blacks should put inflatable white dolls in their cars so racist cops will think they're chauffeurs; the ever-more-Republicanesque Democratic Party should be sued for fraud; "no contributions toward advancing our civilization ever came out of the South [except Faulkner, Hellman, and R.J. Reynolds]," because it's too hot to think straight there; Korean dictator Kim Jong-il "has got to broaden himself beyond porn and John Wayne" by watching better movies, like Dude, Where's My Car? (which contains "all you need to know about America"). Whatever your politics, Stupid White Men should make you blow your stack. --Tim Appelo

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