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249 pages (Fall 2005); 2.2MB downloadECW Press
; ISBN: 1-55022-699-1
Love him or hate him, the world cannot ignore Michael Moore. This son of a Flint autoworker has single-handedly revitalized liberal politics and turned his unique style of political filmmaking into an expectation-defying brand. But long before he shocked the nation at the Academy Awards, he was picking fights with everyone from big business to friends. Without an agenda to prove him right or wrong, Michael Moore is the first book to tell Moore's life story -- from shy Eagle Scout to the most vocal critic of the Bush Presidency.
Moore's detractors on both sides of the political fence claim that he flubs facts, personally and professionally. Author Emily Schultz sorts truth from lies through in-depth research and interviews with Moore's friends, enemies, and colleagues, presenting a man honestly passionate and professionally conflicted. In his cap and windbreaker -- always aware of the power of media -- Moore has refined his image as the everyday rebel: from local muckraker to editor of Mother Jones; the runaway success of his first film Roger & Me; and Fahrenheit 9/11, the film that catapulted Moore to the front of pop cultural recognition. Many from his past say that the line between Man and Myth has vanished. Moore has spent a lifetime walking that line, and in this incisive account, readers see beyond the myths surrounding one of the most important public figures of our age.
"Schultz has set out to write an unbiased book about one of the most contentious figures in America. Dodging the substance of his political claims, she has taken care to present both sides in every personal controversy."
- The Washington Post
"The life of Moore, the rumpled rebel, is thoroughly and intelligently explored by Toronto writer and editor of This Magazine Emily Schultz in this clear, well-written and non-partisan biography."
- The Globe and Mail
"Sympathetically ambivalent, Schultz's view through the lens of Moore's life serves as a worthy musing on the blurry, often biased lines between art and fact, story and storyteller."
- Broken Pencil
"The book gets inside the head of Moore and allows us to peek into his attitudes about his anti-government and anti-big business stance. He definitely is a most complex man, and Emily Schultz lets us see what makes him tick, and then some."
- Shelf Life
"Schultz writes lucidly and logically about Moore's decades in Flint, and his reluctance to take leave of his hometown and the radical newspaper and allied ventures he's built there."
- Winnipeg Free Press