Idiot America

Idiot America

How Stupidity Became A Virtue in the Land of the Free

Book - 2009
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In his legendary career, Pierce has interviewed all manner of charlatans, politicians, demagogues and fanatics and is revered by journalists for his brilliant and ferocious Esquire articles exposing that idiocy in America is mainstream. More people vote for an American Idol than a president, the media is saturated with Paris and Britney, global warming is ignored and the internet is used a medium to spread ignorance. Pierce lets loose in him inimitable style on the foibles of society with a secret hope that being smart will fight against the trend to celebrate stupidity.
Publisher: New York : Knopf Doubleday Group, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780767926140
0767926145
Branch Call Number: 973.93 Pierce 06/2009
Characteristics: x, 293 p. ;,22 cm.

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Daveinportland
Aug 19, 2016

It is not often that I review a book before I am even 1/2 way finished reading it, but I had to sign on for something else and thought I would go ahead and rate this.

I think this book is horrible. Imagine if you will, that Donald Trump wrote a book about 'Idiot America." Do you think it would be a fair assessment on the anti-intellectualism and anti-science movements that seems to grown more and every day, or just a bunch of insults directed to those who disagree with his world view? This is very much a liberal slanted book, and I am a liberal, but it makes me think of Donald Trump and his campaign so far.

Very, very low on content, but high on insults. And to be fair, I am seriously not even half way through this book. I put it down and moved on to some others. I do hope to finish it, but yeah...

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naturalist
Jan 20, 2015

“Idiocracy” (DVD 2006) in real life ...
and,
“The Age of American Unreason”
Susan Jacoby
and,
“Neoliberalism's War on Higher Education”
Henry Giroux
and,
“Bush-Whacked: Chronicles of Government Stupidity”
Leland George
and,
“Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America”
Dana Milbank
and,
“Idiocy! Taking Conservatives Behind the Woodshed: A Parody of Ann Coulter's Books and Right-Wing Ideology”
Katherine Black
and,
“Brainless: The Lies And Lunacy Of Ann Coulter”
Joe Maguire
and,
"The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs – Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth"
Solomon Schimmel
and,
"The Pseudoscience Wars - Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe"
Michael D. Gordin
and,
"Denying Science - Conspiracy Theories, Media Distortions, and the War Against Reality"
John Grant
and,
"The Unpersuadables - Adventures With the Enemies of Science"
Will Storr
and,
"The Republican War on Science"
Chris Mooney, Chris

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johncruse
Oct 12, 2014

Just another liberal trying to belittle and degrade the United States.

JeremiahSutherland Mar 23, 2012

Reading this book was a bit of a struggle, but the author has an interesting take on modern Americans and how they deal with important issues.

austinmurphy Jan 30, 2012

I believe that decades from now, this book will be valuable to historians trying to figure out what was wrong with those crazy early 21st century Americans. From a current perspective, I didn't find much here that I hadn't already seen elsewhere. Solid book; just not for me.

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