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