ARCHIVES
CATEGORIES
Look Who's Linking to PoliBlog:
3cx.org
Absinthe and Cookies
Accidental Verbosity
Admiral Quixote's Roundtable
All Day Permanent Red
All Things Jennifer
Ann Althouse
The American Mind
Arguing with signposts
The Astute Blogger
Asymmeterical Information
Attaboy
augustus
B-Town Blog Boys
BabyTrollBlog
Backcountry Conservative
Balloon Juice
Bananas and Such Begging to Differ
The Bemusement Park
Benedict
Bewtween the Coasts
Betsy's Page
The Big Picture
BipolarBBSBlog
bLogicus
Blogs for Bush
BoiFromTroy
Boots and Sabers
brykMantra
BushBlog
The Bully Pulpit
Caffeinated Musing
California Yankee
Captain's Quarters
Chicago Report
Chicagoland of Confusion
Citizen Smash
Coldheartedtruth
Collected Thoughts
The Command Post
Common Sense and Wonder
Confessions Of A Political Junkie
Conservative Revolution
Conservative and Right
Cranial Cavity
The Daily Lemon
Daly Thoughts
DANEgerus Weblog
Dart Frog on a Cactus
Dean's World Dear Free World
Brad DeLong
Democracy Project
DiVERSiONZ
The Disagreeable Conservative Curmudgeon
Down to the Piraeus
Drink this...
Earl's log
Earthly Passions
The Education Wonks
the evangelical outpost
exvigilare
Eye of the Storm
Feste
Filtrat
The Flying Space Monkey Chronicles
The Friendly Ghost
FringeBlog
Functional, if not decorative
G-Blog.net
The Galvin Opinion
The Glittering Eye
Haight Speech
Half-Bakered
The Hedgehog Report
Heh. Indeed.
Hellblazer
Hennessy's View
High Desert Skeptic
Robert Holcomb
I love Jet Noise
Idlewild South
Incommunicado
Independent Thinker
Insults Unpunished
Interested-Participant
Internet Ronin
Ipse Dixit
It Can't Rain All The Time...
The Jay Blog
Jen Speaks
Joefish's Freshwater Blog
John Lemon
johnrpierce.info blog
Judicious Asininity
Just On The Other Side
The Kudzu Files
LeatherPenguin
Let's Try Freedom
LibertarianJackass.com
Liberty Father
Life and Law
David Limbaugh
LittleBugler
Locke, or Demosthenes?
LostINto
Mad Minerva
Gary Manca
Mark the Pundit
Mediocre but Unexciting
memeorandum
Mental Hiccups
Miller's Time
Mind of Mog
Minorities For Bush
Mr. Hawaii
The Moderate Voice
The Modulator
Much Ado
Mungowitz End
My opinion counts
my thoughts, without the penny charge
My Word
mypetjawa
Naw
Neophyte Pundit
Neutiquam erro
New England Republican
NewsHawk Daily
neWs Round-Up
NixGuy.com
No Pundit Intended
Nobody asked me, but...
Obsidian Wings
Occam's Toothbrush
On the Fritz
On the Third Hand
One Fine Jay
Out of Context
Outside the Beltway
Suman Palit
Parablemania
Passionate America
Brian Patton
Peaktalk
Peppermint Patty
Phlegma
John Pierce
PiratesCove
politicalman.blog-city.com
The Politicker
The Politburo Diktat
Political Annotation
Political Blog For The Politically Incorrect
Possumblog
Power Politics
Powerpundit.com
Practical Penumbra
Priorities & Frivolities ProfessorBainbridge.com
Prof. Blogger's Pontifications
PunditFilter
Pundit Heads
QandO
The Queen of All Evil
Quotes, Thoughts, and other Ramblings
Ramblings' Journal
Random Acts of Kindness
Random Nuclear Strikes
Ranting Rationalist
Read My Lips
Reagan Country
Jay Reding.com
A Republican's Blog
Resource.full
The Review
Right Side of the Rainbow
Right Wingin-It
Right Wing News
Right Voices
Rightward Reasonings
riting on the wall
robwestcott
Rooftop Report
RoguePundit
The Sake of Argument
Scrappleface
Secular Sermons
Sha Ka Ree
Shaking Spears
She Who Will Be Obeyed!
The Skeptician
The Skewed
Slant/Point.
small dead animals
Sneakeasy's Joint
SoCal Law Blog
A Solo Dialogue
Solomonia
Some Great Reward
Southern Musings
Speed of Thought...
Spin Killer
Matthew J. Stinson
A Stitch in Haste
The Strange Political Road Trip of Jane Q. Public
Stuff about
Suman Palit
SwimFinsSF
Target Centermass
Templar Pundit
The Temporal Globe
Tex the Pontificator
Texas Native
think about it...
Tiger
Tobacco Road Fogey
Tony Talks Tech
The Trimblog
Use The Forks!!
Varifrank
Vista On Current Events
VodkaPundit
Jeff Vreeland's Blog
Wall of Sleep
Weapons of Mass Discussion
Who Knew?
The Window Manager
Winning Again!
WizBang!
WizBang Tech
The World Around You
The Yin Blog
You Big Mouth, You!
Zygote-Design
Non-Blogs Linking to PoliBlog:
al.com - Alabama Weblogs

AJC's 2004 Election Politics Sites and Blogs Campaign Finance
Welcome to newcounterculture.com World O' Blogs
Yahoo! Directory Political Weblogs
Young Elephant

Who Links Here

Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Book Review II: Michael Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man

By Steven Taylor @ 9:52 am

Here’s the second in a series of book reviews to help aid you in your last-minute Christmas shopping.

A while back, I was sent a copy of David T. Hardy and Jason Clarke’s Michael Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man. I read it months ago, but never got around to reviewing it, so here we go.

The book is a collection of original research and commentary by Hardy and Clarke (the bulk of the book) interspersed with previously published essays/columns by other authors. Of the authors of the extra pieces (five) the most prominent is Andrew Sullivan. The other name I recognize is Tim Blair.

I have only thumbed through Mr. Moore’s books, but my limited knowledge of those pieces make me think that part of Hardy and Clarke’s goal was to create a semi-parody of Moore’s work. The writing style, the chapter titles, and the book jacket are all reminiscent of Moore’s various books. As such the writing style is quit casual (also an artifact of the fact, I am betting, that the book was written in something of a hurry to correspond to the release and subsequent media firestorm over F911. It makes for a very readable book (and a fairly quick read, for that matter).

The book is a broad overview of Moore’s career and addresses mostly his pre-F911 career by looking at his movies and books. There is a chapter on F911, although it was written without a viewing of the film. What the chapter does is cull Moore’s previous work to find his views on such issues as the Taliban, 911, Saudi Arabia, terrorism and so forth. Many of the predictions ended up to be correct.

There is a forty-plus section of notes and sources. As such, the book provides the basis for further research on Moore, should one wish to engage in such work. I do wish, however, that the chapters had been footnoted so that the exact sources could be clearly linked to the nuggets of info in the chapters. It isn’t hard to figure out the link between a given piece of information and a given source, however. Still, being the academic type that I am, I really would have preferred footnotes.

This text is of interest to anyone wishing to get a critical overview of Moore, although as noted above, it could have been an even stronger text if the authors had ditched the semi-parody of Moore’s work and even more directly dealt with the factual and ideological foibles of Mr. Moore.

One bit of trivia that I did not know about Moore, but learned from the book, is that he was briefly the editor of Mother Jones, but was fired a few months into his tenure He sued the magazine for $2 million, but settled for $58,000. He used the cash from the settlement to start work on Roger & Me.

One of the things I found funny is that the books publisher, Regan (a division of Harper-Collins) also published Moore’s Stupid White Men.

Unless one is especially focused on Mr. Moore, this book is sort of a bargain bin/lender kind of book.

I give it two and half cups (out of five):

  • The American Mind linked with Lack-Luster Review

Click here to go to the main page.

Comments»

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: http://www.poliblogger.com/wp-trackback.php/5681

Leave a comment

Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>

(required)

(required)


Take a Look At This!
  • Tabloid News
  • Word of The Day
  • Chronograph Watches
  • Office Shredders
  • Cash Registers
  • Ricoh Fax Machines
  • IBM Typewriters
  • Copy Machines
  • UNIX Consulting
  • Web Design
Inquiries
Blogroll


Visitors Since 2/15/03
---

Powered by WordPress