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The Culture Wars Are Over and the Idiots Have Won

A veteran journalist's acidically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States.

In the midst of a career-long quest to separate the smart from the pap, Charles Pierce had a defining moment at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, where he observed a dinosaur. Wearing a saddle.... But worse than this was when the proprietor exclaimed to a cheering crowd, “We are taking the dinosaurs back from the evolutionists!” He knew then and there it was time to try and salvage the Land of the Enlightened, buried somewhere in this new Home of the Uninformed.

With his razor-sharp wit and erudite reasoning, Pierce delivers a gut-wrenching, side-splitting lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States, and how a country founded on intellectual curiosity has somehow deteriorated into a nation of simpletons more apt to vote for an American Idol contestant than a presidential candidate.

With Idiot America, Pierce's thunderous denunciation is also a secret call to action, as he hopes that somehow, being intelligent will stop being a stigma, and that pinheads will once again be pitied, not celebrated.

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Originally published in a slightly different form in hardcover: New York: Doubleday, 2009.

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

The three Great Premises of Idiot America:

· Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units

· Anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough

· Fact is that which enough people believe. Truth is determined by how fervently they believe it

 

With his trademark wit and insight, veteran journalist Charles Pierce delivers a gut-wrenching, side-splitting lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States.

 

Pierce asks how a country founded on intellectual curiosity has somehow deteriorated into a nation of simpletons more apt to vote for an American Idol contestant than a presidential candidate. But his thunderous denunciation is also a secret call to action, as he hopes that somehow, being intelligent will stop being a stigma, and that pinheads will once again be pitied, not celebrated. Erudite and razor-sharp, Idiot America is at once an invigorating history lesson, a cutting cultural critique, and a bullish appeal to our smarter selves.

About the Author

Charles P. Pierce is a staff writer for the Boston Globe Magazine, a contributing writer for Esquire, and a frequent contributor to American Prospect and Slate. His work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Nation, The Atlantic, and the Chicago Tribune, among other publications, and he is a regular on NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me and Only a Game.

 

Visit the author's wbsite at www.charlespierce.net.

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jermski, September 17, 2012 (view all comments by jermski)
A humorous and insightful read that is thought provoking enough to make you question all the things that so many people hail as truth. Mr. Pierce ensured that I will always consider the source when trying to objectively consider right-wing talking points!!
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Deek Rivers, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Deek Rivers)
Read this before you go vote in 2012. An owner's guide to what has happened to American politics in our lifetimes, Charles Pierce uses humor, sarcasm, outrage, and actual reporting to explain what happens and who gets hurts when democracy is put on automatic pilot. You'll laugh till it hurts. And it will.
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ISBN:
9780767926157
Author:
Pierce, Charles P
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Pierce, Charles P.
Author:
Pierce, Charles
Subject:
Essays
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Form - Essays
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American
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Politics-Political Science
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Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100531
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
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English
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320
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8.02x5.20x.70 in. .52 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Originally published in a slightly different form in hardcover: New York: Doubleday, 2009.
"Synopsis" by , NATIONAL BESTSELLER

The three Great Premises of Idiot America:

· Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units

· Anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough

· Fact is that which enough people believe. Truth is determined by how fervently they believe it

 

With his trademark wit and insight, veteran journalist Charles Pierce delivers a gut-wrenching, side-splitting lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States.

 

Pierce asks how a country founded on intellectual curiosity has somehow deteriorated into a nation of simpletons more apt to vote for an American Idol contestant than a presidential candidate. But his thunderous denunciation is also a secret call to action, as he hopes that somehow, being intelligent will stop being a stigma, and that pinheads will once again be pitied, not celebrated. Erudite and razor-sharp, Idiot America is at once an invigorating history lesson, a cutting cultural critique, and a bullish appeal to our smarter selves.

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