Master your Minecraft
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    What I'm Giving | December 5, 2014

    William Gibson: IMG William Gibson: What I'm Giving



    At Powell's, we feel the holidays are the perfect time to share our love of books with those close to us. For this special blog series, we reached... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$3.71
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Journalism- Journalists

Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel -- Why Everything You Know Is Wrong

by

Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel -- Why Everything You Know Is Wrong Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Consumer advocate, investigative reporter, and bestselling author John Stossel is back with a new book based on his top-rated 20/20 segment, which debunks popularly reported misconceptions.

America's favorite investigative reporter, John Stossel, tackles our favorite myths in his characteristic style and challenges us to look at life differently.

Myths and misconceptions covered in the book include:

  • Is the media unbiased?
  • Are our schools helping or hurting our kids?
  • Do singles have a better sex life than married people?
  • Do we have less free time than we used to?
  • Is outsourcing bad for American workers?
  • Suburban sprawl is ruining America.
  • Money makes people happier.
  • The world is too crowded.
  • We're drowning in garbage.
  • Profiteering is evil.
  • Sweatshops exploit people.
John Stossel takes on these and many more misconceptions, misunderstandings, and plain old stupidity in this collection that will offer much to love for Give Me a Break fans, and show everyone why conventional wisdom — economic, political, or social — is often wrong.

Review:

"ABC News correspondent Stossel mines his 20/20 segments for often engaging, frequently tendentious challenges to conventional wisdom, presenting a series of 'myths' and then deploying an investigative journalism shovel to unearth 'truth.' This results in snappy debunkings of alarmism, witch-hunts, satanic ritual abuse prosecutions and marketing hokum like the irradiated-foods panic, homeopathic medicine and the notion that bottled water beats tap. Stossel's libertarian convictions make him particularly fond of exposs of government waste and regulatory fiascoes, which are usually effective but lead inexorably to blanket denunciations of 'monster government' and sermons on the wisdom of the market. Sloganeering — 'Myth: The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) will make America less sexist. Truth: The EEOC will torment people and enrich lawyers' — sometimes crowds out objectivity. The author's complacent glosses on overpopulation and global warming ('we can build dykes and move back from the coasts') are especially glib and one-sided. Fans of Stossel's similarly opinionated bestseller Give Me a Break will eat up this new book, but other readers may wince when the author's ideology overshadows the facts. Author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

• Singles have a better sex life than married people, right? Wrong! A University of Chicago study shows that married couples are having more sex--30% more--and better sex, than singles. But movies, TV shows, and other reporting about marriage never feature that fact.

• Do we have less free time than we used to? Countless news stories and anecdotes from friends and family make the overwhelming case that we're running ourselves ragged. But when people actually keep track of their activities in a time diary, studies show that we have significantly more free time per day than in 1965. So why is everyone out of time?

• Surburban sprawl is ruining America. Huge subdivisions and massive highway construction is eating up our free space and affecting our quality of life. Isn't that what you always hear? So why do you never hear that 95% of America is undeveloped, or that so-called 'smart development' prices lower-income families out of property ownership?

• Also: Does shaving make your hair grow back thicker? Do girls feel more pressure to have sex than boys? Are gas prices really through the roof? Is outsourcing bad for American workers?

John Stossel takes on these and many more misconceptions, misunderstandings, and plain old stupidity in this collection that will offer much to love for old GIVE ME A BREAK fans, and show everyone why conventional wisdom--economic, political, or social--is wrong.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781401302542
Subtitle:
Get Out the Shovel--Why Everything You Know Is Wrong
Author:
Stossel, John
Author:
ssel, John
Author:
Stossel, 20/20's John
Author:
Hyperion Assorted Authors
Author:
Assorted Authors, Hyperion
Author:
Stossel, 20/20's John
Author:
Sto
Author:
Stossel Of Abc 20/20, John
Publisher:
Hyperion
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Quality of life
Subject:
Social problems
Subject:
Errors
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Government - State & Provincial
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Quality of life -- United States.
Subject:
Social problems -- United States.
Subject:
Politics-Political Science
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070501
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
1 x 1 x 1 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. Abuse Your Illusions: The... New Trade Paper $23.95
  2. Lies My Teacher Told Me
    Used Book Club Paperback $5.95
  3. The Secret Histories: Hidden Truths... Used Trade Paper $8.50
  4. A Box Full of Kittens New Hardcover $17.99
  5. New Moon
    New Hardcover $23.50
  6. Akimbo and the Crocodile Man Used Hardcover $6.95

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » American Studies » Popular Culture
History and Social Science » Journalism » Journalists
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Political Science
History and Social Science » Social Science » Essays
History and Social Science » Sociology » Media

Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel -- Why Everything You Know Is Wrong Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$3.71 In Stock
Product details 320 pages Hyperion Books - English 9781401302542 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "ABC News correspondent Stossel mines his 20/20 segments for often engaging, frequently tendentious challenges to conventional wisdom, presenting a series of 'myths' and then deploying an investigative journalism shovel to unearth 'truth.' This results in snappy debunkings of alarmism, witch-hunts, satanic ritual abuse prosecutions and marketing hokum like the irradiated-foods panic, homeopathic medicine and the notion that bottled water beats tap. Stossel's libertarian convictions make him particularly fond of exposs of government waste and regulatory fiascoes, which are usually effective but lead inexorably to blanket denunciations of 'monster government' and sermons on the wisdom of the market. Sloganeering — 'Myth: The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) will make America less sexist. Truth: The EEOC will torment people and enrich lawyers' — sometimes crowds out objectivity. The author's complacent glosses on overpopulation and global warming ('we can build dykes and move back from the coasts') are especially glib and one-sided. Fans of Stossel's similarly opinionated bestseller Give Me a Break will eat up this new book, but other readers may wince when the author's ideology overshadows the facts. Author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , • Singles have a better sex life than married people, right? Wrong! A University of Chicago study shows that married couples are having more sex--30% more--and better sex, than singles. But movies, TV shows, and other reporting about marriage never feature that fact.

• Do we have less free time than we used to? Countless news stories and anecdotes from friends and family make the overwhelming case that we're running ourselves ragged. But when people actually keep track of their activities in a time diary, studies show that we have significantly more free time per day than in 1965. So why is everyone out of time?

• Surburban sprawl is ruining America. Huge subdivisions and massive highway construction is eating up our free space and affecting our quality of life. Isn't that what you always hear? So why do you never hear that 95% of America is undeveloped, or that so-called 'smart development' prices lower-income families out of property ownership?

• Also: Does shaving make your hair grow back thicker? Do girls feel more pressure to have sex than boys? Are gas prices really through the roof? Is outsourcing bad for American workers?

John Stossel takes on these and many more misconceptions, misunderstandings, and plain old stupidity in this collection that will offer much to love for old GIVE ME A BREAK fans, and show everyone why conventional wisdom--economic, political, or social--is wrong.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.