Idiot America

How Stupidity Became A Virtue in the Land of the Free

Pierce, Charles P.

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Idiot America
The Culture Wars Are Over and the Idiots Have Won A veteran journalist's acidically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States. In the midst of a career-long quest to separate the smart from the pap, Charles Pierce had a defining moment at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, where he observed a dinosaur. Wearing a saddle.... But worse than this was when the proprietor exclaimed to a cheering crowd, "We are taking the dinosaurs back from the evolutionists!" He knew then and there it was time to try and salvage the Land of the Enlightened, buried somewhere in this new Home of the Uninformed. With his razor-sharp wit and erudite reasoning, Pierce delivers a gut-wrenching, side-splitting lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States, and 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. With Idiot America , Pierce's 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.

Publisher: New York : Knopf Doubleday Group, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0767926145
Characteristics: x, 293 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jan 20, 2015
  • naturalist rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Idiocracy” 2006 in real life.

Oct 12, 2014
  • johncruse rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Just another liberal trying to belittle and degrade the United States.

Mar 23, 2012
  • JeremiahSutherland rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Reading this book was a bit of a struggle, but the author has an interesting take on modern Americans and how they deal with important issues.

Jan 30, 2012
  • austinmurphy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I believe that decades from now, this book will be valuable to historians trying to figure out what was wrong with those crazy early 21st century Americans. From a current perspective, I didn't find much here that I hadn't already seen elsewhere. Solid book; just not for me.


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