Customer Reviews for

Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media

Average Rating 4
( 38 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(22)

4 Star

(9)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(6)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 6 review with 1 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2006

    Give me a break from reading this garbage!

    Stossel is a big liberertarian. Keep that in mind when you read this crap!!! He is a master spin doctor & master of sophistry a la Rush 'pig boy' Limbaugh. He takes an ounce of truth & warps it into a down right lie. There are too many lies to list but for example, he does not believe in road rage, despite studies showing it is in fact, on the rise. Like scumbag Tom DeLay & fellow neocons, wacko Stossel thinks 3rd world sweatshops are FINE! I would like to see him work in one: THAT WOULD BE GREAT! He also thinks gas is dirt cheap right now(Maybe for him! He's rich!) Bottom line: If you want the truth, take this bozo with a grain of salt & don't waste your time reading his dumb book! Just like that other wack job Bill O'Riley, Stossel acts like he's looking out for you when in REALITY he is only looking out for his GREEDY, ARROGANT SELF!!!!!! It is also apparant, he sides with the BIG CORPORATIONS & doesn't give a rat's rear about the little guy!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Stossel talking about Stossel

    I found this book highly dissapointing...at first when I started hearing his various confrontations, I was intrigued, but as the book went on, nothing changed, and it got old quick. John Stossel just attempted to further his career by making himself look to dang good in this book. He left alot of things unanswered, and had some very biased opinions. I dont see how anyone but John Stossel could enjoy reading this book

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2004

    Give Me A Break! How I Went from Exposing Hucksters to Becoming One

    Stossel is controversial for a reason. He says inflamatory things that don't neccessarily make sense. His book displays a very poor understanding of the actual operations and functions of the markets which he believes can solve every problem. His assertation that the FAA caused 9/11 is a prime example. Airline security was performed by markets prior to September 11th, which, if Stossel's blind faith in markets (which he has a very rudimentary and non-nuanced understanding of), would never have happened, because market efficiency would have led the market to impregnable airport security. If you want to really understand how markets work, where they are appropriate and what they will never work for, read something by Dr. Porter of Harvard.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2004

    Give Me a Break - from John Stossel!

    John Stossel is known for his aversion to the truth whenever it suits him. Over and over again he tries to pass off his rants as valid commentary on American society, yet shows a distinct aversion to basic, verifiable facts. He takes himself much too seriously, but does not extend this serious attitude to the outrages he 'exposes'. What he exposes is his own cavalier overreliance on sweeping generalizations and bogus statistics. For one who likes to play the part of the champion who can sniff out even the slightest fraud, he curiously commits enough of it himself...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2004

    Do Without the FDA? Give ME a break, John

    Mr Stossel apparently has a problem with the government regulating food and drugs (through the Food and Drug Administration, founded in the Era of Theodore Roosevelt) so we can keep people safe from tainted food and bogus and/or harmful drugs. He said on C-Span's show Book Events recently that the FDA should be an 'advisory', not a regulatory agency. Hmmm. Maybe he should read 'Upton Sinclair's' classic book 'The Jungle' so he can find out about the amount of sickness and death connected with the beef industry 100 years ago. That's one of the main reasons we have an FDA, John Stossel. Well, personally, I have no problem with the premise that market capitalism is a good thing. But we need a tough dog, not a sly fox, to watch the henhouse (i.e.,the safety and health of the average American consumer) and only seeing one side of the argument doesn't do justice to the complex world we live in. That's why we need agencies like FDA and the SEC. I guess if you like reading Libertarian firewater, this one's for you. Those of us who remember the multi-billion dollar ripoffs at Enron, the alledged creative accounting of Arthur Andersen, or the Savings and Loan meltdown of the 1980's need not bother with this manifesto.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 6 review with 1 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1