The size of Michael Moore’s latest book, “Here Comes Trouble : Stories from My Life, ” may discourage readers, but the book is composed of several engaging stories about different periods of his life and people who have influenced him.

The book’s  introduction, “Epilogue: The Execution of Michael Moore,” sets the stage for the other stories in this book, wherein Moore describes the fallout from his questioning the justification for the  Invasion of Iraq on the night of March 23, 2003, after winning the Oscar for Best Documentary for his film, “Bowling for Columbine.”  He notes, with no little sense of humor, that he was offered champagne,  a breath mint, and an insult from a stagehand,  in that order. 

Moore continues to tell of what it was like to have to hire ex-Navy SEALs to protect himself, and how the Bush Administration did everything in its power to prevent distribution of Moore’s subsequent film, “Fahrenheit 9/11”.   The introduction ends with Moore describing another chance encounter years later, with the same stagehand who had shouted an insult in his ear on the night of the Oscars in 2003.  The stagehand apologized for his insult and said:  “I thought you were attacking the president – but you were right.  He did lie to us.” 

I found myself chuckling often when reading this book – Moore learned to crawl backwards before he decided to move forwards, he learned to read actual words before learning the ABCs, his mother refused to let him skip a grade in elementary school despite his advanced reading skills – which led to him becoming the class troublemaker.  Moore also writes about social events and tragedies such as the story of the persecution of a Gay young man in his neighborhood in the mid 1960s, or the story of an African-American teacher who prepared her students for a social outing and taught her students proper restaurant etiquette and then disappeared after the death of her soldier husband in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who has seen Michael Moore’s films and even to those who may not particularly like him, since this book is often amusing reading and reveals the motivations behind this controversial filmmaker and author.

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