Idiot America by Charles Pierce
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.

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About Charles Pierce

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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
Published May 29, 2009 by Anchor. 306 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Journalist Pierce delivers a rapier-sharp rant on how the America of “Franklin and Edison, Fulton and Ford” has devolved into America “the Uninformed,” where citizens hostil

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Intelligence is out and stupidity is in as America's reigning cultural value, according to one angry Esquire writer.

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And I'm sure there's Idiot Japan, Idiot Austrailia (although they seem to export them to the US--see Richard Murdoch and that lunatic that created the Creation Museum in Kentucky) Idiot France, Britain, Germany and Sudan.

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