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Burning BushStupid White Men and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the NationMichael MooreHarperCollins 18 pp304Michael Moore the satirical agent provocateur of modern American life returns with a caustic new book that created controversy even before it was released Planned for an autumn 2001 launch Stupid White Men was shelved in the wake of 11 September when its publisher HarperCollins balked at its anti-Bush attitudeAlthough 50000 copies had already been printed the author was told according to Moore to tone down its dissent Going public through his own much-visited website wwwmichaelmoorecom Moore forced the company to reverse its decision and the banned book became a pre-order bestseller on Amazon going straight into number three on the New York Times bestseller listBest known in the UK for his satirical television series TV Nation Moore has been exposing and assailing corporate America for years In his previous best-selling book Downsize This and documentary movies Roger Me and The Big One Moore chased down CEOs to bring them to personal account for what he saw as their attacks on the lives and livelihoods of blue-collar AmericansStupid White Men extends this to politics Moore argues that under Bush the Wasp captains of industry and government - the Stupid White Men of the title - have collectively done more damage to his country than any other ethnic or special-interest groupThis powerful band of brothers includes Republicans and Democrats The only difference suggests Moore is that the Republicans tell you theyre going to screw you the Democrats dont but then do it anyway Pausing only to note that Clinton was one of the best Republican presidents we ever had and Bush is only an uglier and somewhat meaner version of him Moore offers to pay the legal fees for a merger of the two partiesIts this breakneck tell-it-like-it-is rhetoric that makes Stupid White Men perfect for todays speed-reader In its 11 chapters Moore finds time to solve the Middle
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