Stupid White Men - And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!
5 journalers for this copy...
Thank you maupi!
This will be made into a bookring together with Dude, Where Is My Country?
List of participants (in shipping order)
1. duza-kaluza (Poland) --> rec. 18.5.
2. hank-chinaski (Germany) --> rec. 8.7.
3. JudithBK (Germany) --> rec. 6.8.
4. Loeweneckerchen (Germany) --> rec. 7.11.
5. loribee (UK)
6. SBG2201 (UK)
7. fflloorr (Portugal)
8. bookmanu (Portugal)
9. syrinpt (Portugal)
10. maupi (Netherlands)
11. Nightstar (Belgium)
12. martinburo (Germany)
13. teff42 (Germany)
14. alma2 (Poland)
15. AbbyR (USA)
I'm sorry, the ring is closed for now.
I'd also like to congratulate Michael Moore on winning the Palm d'Or at Cannes last month. Today is the premiere in the USA. I'm ever so curious as to how the average American will react to it.
Within the first chapter of this book I was steaming mad! How has this all come to be? Why as a citizen of the USA, I feel like an alien when I visit the country I grew up in? Thank you Mike for having the balls to voice these issues and giving us a big wake up call.
I have to quote the last paragraph of the epilogue: "George Orwell had it pegged when he wrote 1984. What most people remember from that book is 'Big Brother'. But even more relevant today is the part about how The Leader needed to have 'a permanent war.' He needed to keep the citizens in perpetual fear of the enemy so they would give him all the power he desired. The people wanted to live, so they gave up their freedoms and their liberties. Of course, the only way this could happen is if they were truly convinced that the enemy was everywhere, anywhere, and that they could die at any moment."
Ironically, this book, that for patriotic reasons the publishing house did not want to see printed, turns out to be the most patriotic book you could think of. But it's patriotism stems from a deep devotion to the American constitution rather than from obedience to the powers currently in charge of the country, and that's exactly what makes this book so very convincing: No matter if you agree or disagree with Moore's reasoning, if you believe or question the evidence he produces, you will all the same have to deal with this apparent gap between the moral standards of the constitution and the actual state of the nation.
Now all this sounds pretty serious, and sure enough it is. But Moore is so extremely funny, chances are you'll laugh your ass off while reading the book. Never knew a political book could be pure solid entertainment, but here it is!
The chapters I enjoyed best are "Kill Whitey" and "The End of Men", probably because the subjects they refer to, racism and sexism, are major problems not only in America, but in good old Germany as well.
Finally, I also learned some appealing new words (such as "not giving a rat's ass for something"). Good thing to have it read in the original language, I can hardly see how this book could be adequately translated into German.
Will be sent on to the next fellow bookcrosser in the list together with the "Dude" book as soon as I finished that one.
Vom Vorwort ist mir schlecht geworden... Kein Wunder, habe es verkehrt rum sitzend im Bus gelesen :-) Sobald ich durch bin, schicke ich sie weiter.
Thank you maupi!