Love him or hate him, Michael Moore has established himself in a few short years not only as an accomplished and controversial filmmaker, but also as a cultural icon of the left. Many now accept him as the angry face of opposition to the Bush administration in the United States. Few, however, know the whole story of how he came to enjoy his level of fame and influence.
In Moore & Us, Jesse Larner provides the first full and balanced consideration of the Michael Moore phenomenon in the wake of the 2004 US presidential elections. Based on extensive research and interviews with many who have known and worked with Moore over the years, Larner's book charts the filmmaker's entire career - from early days in journalism to the breakthrough of Roger & Me, from the Oscar success of Bowling for Columbine to the furore surrounding Fahrenheit 9/11 - and explores the man in all his guises: prankster, preacher, rock star, unlikely folk hero. Critical when warranted, and giving credit where credit is due, Moore & Us holds appeal for readers on both ends of the political spectrum, and offers unique insights into the growing convergence of politics and entertainment in today's society.