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

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Anchor Books, 2010 - Political Science - 307 pages
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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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User Review  - MiaCulpa - LibraryThing

I'm sure that when "Idiot America" was released in 2009, its thesis on the dumbing down of America, particularly in combination with the presidency of George W. Bush, no doubt saw it integrating with ... Read full review

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User Review  - SESchend - LibraryThing

Astonishing to read about the abject idiocy of so many people (and on all parts of the political/social/religious spectrum)....but it's definitely made me want to read more Charlie Pierce (of whom I knew nothing other than his regular presence on NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me....). Read full review


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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.
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