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

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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.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781401302542
Author:
Stossel, John
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Author:
Stossel, 20/20's John
Author:
Stossel, 20/20's John
Author:
Stossel Of Abc 20/20, John
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
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 19.6 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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"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.)
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