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

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

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by John Stossel
     
 

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A mericas 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: lIs the media unbiased lAre our schools helping or hurting our kids lDo singles have a better sex life than married people lDo we have less free time

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A mericas 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: lIs the media unbiased lAre our schools helping or hurting our kids lDo singles have a better sex life than married people lDo we have less free time than we used to lIs outsourcing bad for American workers lSuburban sprawl is ruining America. lMoney makes people happier. lThe world is too crowded. lWere drowning in garbage. lProfiteering is evil. lSweatshops 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 wisdomeconomic, political, or socialis often wrong.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401302542
Publisher:
Hyperion
Publication date:
05/09/2006
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
516,623
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel - Why Everything You Know Is Wrong 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Stossel was at his best of writing books he's the king of old wives tales for years and years I belived quite a bit until I read his book and I tell my friends it's a great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dont know if he is supporting his agenda, or not. I thought some of his claims were new at least to me. For example, i never thought about the government having a monopoly on education. So, for that i give it four stars.
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John's best book!
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Best of his books. Very good!
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Great book, made me look at all aspetcs of my daily life in a more efficent manner! Awesome book.
Adventurer007 More than 1 year ago
I came upon this book by Stossel while looking for a book in a different subject area; I'm very glad I did. I can see that must of the reviews here are objective and accurate, but I don't get some of them at all (I really think the negative reviews are from people that became angry with Stossel's subjects and points made in the book). While I didn't agree with everything in this book, it was very good and I couldn't wait to pick it up and read it. In other reviews I have read of this book people say that these are Stossel's opinions; the things is in many instances in the book he gives experts and others that are well versed on the topics to make their case for what is the truth- and most of them fail miserably. And it takes a lot of guts in my opinion for Stossel to call out the media; an establishment he has built his career on, but is not afraid to expose their inaccurate and over-hyped reporting (And he even states that he was guilty of it himself and just didn't no any better). I found this book to be very objective. And time and again Stossel backs up his statements with verifiable data and evidence; kind of hard to argue or refute factual data that is available to everyone if they would take the time to search/research it like Stossel did. Some of this book will really irk you, and with some of it you will be laughing pretty hard- I did (Especially the many stories references to politicians and lawyers:).
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book made me think twice about some of the myths, lies, and stupidity that I myself used to buy into.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I've read this book, I was skeptical on some of his questions, so I've done my own little research and found that what he saying was all right!!! I'm glad i read this book and am deeply ashamed on the (other) journalist that don't take the initiative to tell the truth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are alot of stereo types and myths out there that most people read through. John Stossel just states the obvious. Nothing ground breaking but the way he lays it out in a simplistic and short burst format made skimming this book fun an enjoyable. You did not have to read through chapters of mush to get to the point of what he was saying. If you got bored with one subject you could move easily to the next. The Subjects were broken up with questions in a box that let you know what the next subject was going to be about. I like that format, and I like it when someone with consumer reporting experience lays out the truth on issues that are not consumer oriented. I can not say I agree with John Stossel on everything, but I can say I like what he writes about and how he writes it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Talk about having an agenda. This guy is a shameless hawker of his own newly created myth system. If you want to be entertained with another junk conspiracy book - you'll love this. If you're a critical thinker, or if you only have an IQ that is considered dull normal, then this book is not worth reading!