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Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

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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.

Synopsis:

An acerbic assessment of what the author terms the "glorification of ignorance" in the United States traces how uneducated buffoonery became popular to the point of representing American culture, in a call to action that expresses the author's hope that the nation will eventually value intellect more than reality television.

About the Author

CHARLES P. PIERCE has been a writer-at-large for Esquire since 1997 and is 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.

Table of Contents

pt. 1. The American way of idiocy. The Prince of Cranks ; The war on expertise ; Beyond Atlantis ; The Templars in town — pt. 2. Truth. Radio nowhere ; God and Judge Jones — pt. 3. Consequences. A woman dies on Beech Street ; How we look at the sea ; The principles of automatic pilot — pt. 4. Mr. Madison's library. Torture in New Hampshire ; Mr. Madison's library.

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jsblakemore, April 22, 2011 (view all comments by jsblakemore)
This book combines humour and history to track the path of the "dumbing down" of America. I have read other reviews that call it a "partisan" book. That may in fact be true, but it is hard to follow the trail of mixing religion with government or psuedo-science with real science or trumped up media "controversy" with actual facts and NOT get a tad partisan. At the very least, Charles Pierce does this with panache and a tongue stuck in his cheek.

I would (and and already do) strongly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Social Science, political trivia or just a great laugh at the expense of those who choose to not to think in the face of an increasingly mendacious "conservative" media. My greatest hope is that Mr Pierce writes a follow-up to this amazing book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767932080
Subtitle:
How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
Publisher:
Doubleday
Author:
Pierce, Charles P.
Author:
Charles P. Pierce
Author:
Pierce, Charles Patrick
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Stupidity - Political aspects - United States
Subject:
American
Subject:
American Studies-General
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics-Political Science
Subject:
Politics-United States Culture
Subject:
Sociology-American Studies
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-HIST/SOC
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090602
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
293

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