How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
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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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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Great book! It touches on a lot of the frustrations those of us feel who are trying to have a serious debate. For all the research we do it's never enough when dealing with idiot America.
Thank you for writing this book!
Started great. Got over it.
The book held great promise for almost an entire chapter. Then, for some totally unknown reason, made a U-turn and barreled forward into mindless tedium.