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

  • by Michael Moore
  • Narrated by Arte Johnson
  • 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The government has been seized by a ne'er-do-well rich boy and his elderly henchmen...Our great economic expansion is unraveling faster than a set of Firestones...Our water is poisoned, the ozone's in shreds, and the SUVs are advancing like a plague of locusts...
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 Twenty-First 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 best seller 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, begging 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. Among his targets:


George W.: "'President' of the United States. The Thief-in-Chief. A trespasser on federal land, a squatter in the Oval Office."
Bill Clinton: "One of the best Republican presidents we've ever had."
The former Yugoslavia: "Bring back Marshall Tito! Nobody in America liked him much when he was alive, but now he looks like Lady Bird Johnson."
The idiot nation: "A friggin' stain on a blue dress. That's what captured our attention in the '90s - along with slow-moving Broncos, six-year-old strangled beauty queens, and Hugh Grant's dating habits."
Corporate America: "There is no recession, my friends: no downturn, no hard times. The rich are wallowing in loot - and now they want to make sure you don't come a-lookin' for your piece of the pie."

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What the Critics Say

"The latest appraisal of contemporary American society by a popular and iconoclastic commentator." (Booklist)
"As fulminating and crammed with infuriating facts as any right-wing best seller, as irreverent as The Onion, and as noisily entertaining as a wrestling smackdown." (Amazon.com)

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Frustrated: oversimplifing and diluting of issues

Moore makes insightful and valid points in a clear cut and easy to digest manner. As ambitious as he is however, Moore lacks comprehensive argument in the issues at hand by oversimplifing or diluting problems to mere type-specific groups and/or distinctions. His tendency to portray America's problems from a tight box of labels such as Black vs White or rich vs poor is fractioned, contrived, and prejudiced even as they attempt the fight those very things. This can undermine the legitimacy of his arguments and serve as a barrier for acknowledgement. Post-BFC, Moore has earned a great amount of authority over what will typically be seen as the "Liberal/Leftist" cause (especially to younger generations), with this added responsibility, it is essential that he reflect a more encompassing view of our society's problems and their vehicles. This audio piece is well worth listening to as long as it does not become the say-all of our solutions: a good introduction.
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- Irene

I Wish Moore Himself had Narrated This

What prevented me from giving this book a higher rating was the narration, which seemed to me to frequently miss the tone of delivery that Moore himself tends to impart to his text.

This doesn't make it bad, just not what you might expect to hear, if you're fond of Moore's films or TV Nation or the like.
I found that I didn't get the feeling of "What the hell's going on here?" humor that I was hoping to.
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- Mia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2002
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books