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

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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. ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401390068
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 6/8/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 395,953
  • File size: 662 KB

Table of Contents


Introduction     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Clueless Media     1
He and She     28
Bashing Business     49
Monster Government     79
Stupid Schools     106
Consumer Cons     141
The Lawsuit Racket     163
Experts for Everything     185
The Power of Belief     201
Our Health     218
Perils of Parenting     233
The Pursuit of Happiness     267
Conclusion     281
Endnotes     285
Index     297
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2006

    All time Great

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2006

    Good Book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    John's best book!

    John's best book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Best of his books. Very good!

    Best of his books. Very good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Great book, made me look at all aspetcs of my daily life in a mo

    Great book, made me look at all aspetcs of my daily life in a more efficent manner! Awesome book.

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    I came upon this book by Stossel while looking for a book in a d

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book made me think twice about some of the myths, lies, and stupidity that I myself used to buy into.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    All of which come from the libertarian views of Mr. Stossel. This book should have been called 'Stossel's Theory of Relativity.' In it he could explain how working in a sweatshop is relatively better than the alternative of being a prostitute. Or how relatively speaking, that gasoline is a bargain compared to ice cream, milk and bottled water. Amazingly biased and misinforming, a definite 'Don't Read!' I hope NO ONE buys this book because you'll just be wasting your money. Don't believe everything you read and only half of what you see.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2007

    A legend in his own mind...

    Lets see, cherry pick a bunch of no-brainers and then be completely wrong on all topics of any consequence. Shoot off his own opinion with zero hard data and then question the scientists??? What a moron! Gee, if 90+% of scientists believe that global warming is happening (after 30 years of testing and retesting data and theories), but good ole John doesn't, well I guess it ain't happenin'. This dude is so hopped up on his self and how smart he is, he doesn't realize how stupid and uninformed he truly is... another billion or so brain cells lost reading shear ignorance.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2007

    Outstanding

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2006

    Stossel is the REAL myth make here

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    One of the best books for the ADD generation

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2006

    Good, helpful, and downright entertaining.

    No need for a long review here. The book is divided up into varous topics and then myths are stated followed by explanations as to why they are false. A reference list is included at the end of the book in support of it's claims. All in all, it's just a really entertaining book and even if you don't necessarily agree with it's explanations, it does give you something to think about. Topics are well chosen and will be considered important issues for many readers. Also, its not the kind of book you have to sit down and read straight through. Due to the way its set up, you can read a bit, put it down, and read more later without losing continuity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2006

    Right or wrong, this book was worth the price.

    I often disagree with Stossel's conclusions in his stories and even some in this book, but hands down this was a very entertaining read and well worth the price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2006

    And if you believe this...

    You'll believe the word gullible isn't in the dictionary! As usual, Stossel hand picks his information to support his predetermined claims...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2006

    GREAT READ

    This book opened my eyes to many new and unreal myths.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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