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  - themulhern - LibraryThing

Scattershot rant. Making sweeping statements regarding facts that are not germane to the main argument is not a good tactic; they are pointless and irritating, and may sometime be contradicted by an ... Read full review

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User Review  - KidSisyphus - LibraryThing

Facts are a matter of opinion and opinion is shaped by the most adept, if cracked, demagogues. Still, hasn't it always been thus? "Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about." -- Mark Twain Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER ONE The Prince of Cranks
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HAlTER FOUR The Templars in Town
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HAlIEk run Torture in New Hampshire
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Pill ll
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nu1an ELEVEN Mr Madisoifs Library
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Afterword to the Anchor Books Edition 2
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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.
 
Visit the author's wbsite at www.charlespierce.net.

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