Idiot America

Idiot America

How Stupidity Became A Virtue in the Land of the Free

Book - 2009 | 1st ed
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Traces how uneducated buffoonery became popular to the point of representing American culture, and expresses the author's hope that the nation will eventually value intellect more than reality television.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767926140
Branch Call Number: 973.93 PIE 2009
Characteristics: x, 293 p. ; 22 cm

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Daveinportland
Aug 19, 2016

It is not often that I review a book before I am even 1/2 way finished reading it, but I had to sign on for something else and thought I would go ahead and rate this.

I think this book is horrible. Imagine if you will, that Donald Trump wrote a book about 'Idiot America." Do you think it would be a fair assessment on the anti-intellectualism and anti-science movements that seems to grown more and every day, or just a bunch of insults directed to those who disagree with his world view? This is very much a liberal slanted book, and I am a liberal, but it makes me think of Donald Trump and his campaign so far.

Very, very low on content, but high on insults. And to be fair, I am seriously not even half way through this book. I put it down and moved on to some others. I do hope to finish it, but yeah...

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naturalist
Jan 20, 2015

“Idiocracy” (DVD 2006) in real life ...
and,
“The Age of American Unreason”
Susan Jacoby
and,
“Neoliberalism's War on Higher Education”
Henry Giroux
and,
“Bush-Whacked: Chronicles of Government Stupidity”
Leland George
and,
“Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America”
Dana Milbank
and,
“Idiocy! Taking Conservatives Behind the Woodshed: A Parody of Ann Coulter's Books and Right-Wing Ideology”
Katherine Black
and,
“Brainless: The Lies And Lunacy Of Ann Coulter”
Joe Maguire
and,
"The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs – Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth"
Solomon Schimmel
and,
"The Pseudoscience Wars - Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe"
Michael D. Gordin
and,
"Denying Science - Conspiracy Theories, Media Distortions, and the War Against Reality"
John Grant
and,
"The Unpersuadables - Adventures With the Enemies of Science"
Will Storr
and,
"The Republican War on Science"
Chris Mooney, Chris

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johncruse
Oct 12, 2014

Just another liberal trying to belittle and degrade the United States.

JeremiahSutherland Mar 23, 2012

Reading this book was a bit of a struggle, but the author has an interesting take on modern Americans and how they deal with important issues.

austinmurphy Jan 30, 2012

I believe that decades from now, this book will be valuable to historians trying to figure out what was wrong with those crazy early 21st century Americans. From a current perspective, I didn't find much here that I hadn't already seen elsewhere. Solid book; just not for me.

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