Another book I finished last week was "Dude, Where's My Country?" by Michael Moore. This is more similar to "Stupid White Men" (which I've read before but not reviewed here) than to his first "Downsize This!" (which I revieved here) in that it focuses largely on politics at the national level. Moore's approach is quite a bit more caustic and rabble-rousing than, say, Eric Alterman's or Paul Krugman's, and in some sense, it is effective.
My problem with Moore's political stuff (including his movie, "Bowling for Columbine") is that he has a bad reputation for factual accuracy. A lot of that is overblown, of course, by the corporate media. His claims are probably correct more than 9 times out of 10, but you only hear about those few times where he screwed something up. His philosophy, like his fact-checking, is a little sloppy, but it is fun to read about.
Moore is the guy who, rightly or wrongly, brought Bush's military history back into the national spotlight a few months ago (Bushco dumped a bunch of documents on the press, none of which answered the relevant questions because some obvious documents that *should* have been there weren't there, but then Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez split up and the Moron American along with the media decided that the whole thing gave them tired-head). He's also trying to make an issue about Bush's treatment of the bin Laden family after 9/11, which is pretty scandalous. Why were they allowed to fly around the country when other planes were grounded, and why were they allowed to leave for Saudi Arabia (where they are now, of course, completely unavailable) without some extensive questioning? This seems to me like a huge elephant in Bush's closet that will probably come up during the campaign.
Anyway, I checked it out from the library, so no money lost. I'm trying to find a few more quick things to read during this busy time before the end of the semester. I figure that after the last class day (during finals week, which is usually fairly slow), I will reward myself by devouring Brust's latest trilogy. If I started to read it now, I'd get absolutely nothing done between now and the end of it.Posted by Observer at April 18, 2004 08:29 AM
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