Didactic prose style aside, Moore's writing is at its most convincing when asking important questions about the nature of the administration's acts since 9/11. In the book's early chapters, the author offers persuasive primers to explain the liberal thinking surrounding the current political climate. Yet if Moore's agenda is to persuade, it's difficult to understand why he insists on baiting conservatives with a snide and condescending tone.
Until Chapter 9, that is. In this chapter, "A Liberal Paradise," Moore reveals his hand. He writes that "the cold bitter truth--and the best kept political secret of our time--is that Americans are more liberal than ever." He doesn't believe he's just preaching to the choir, as critics claim. Instead, the media activist believes he is galvanizing a choir of liberals that makes up a majority of the nation's populace. This group has the ability to change the political makeup of government, he argues. Here Moore makes a good, if self-righteous, case. What remains to be seen is whether history will prove him right.
dude, where's my country? by Michael Moore
(Warner Books, 320 pages, $24.95)