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 Author:John Stossel 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 Americas favorite investigative reporter, John Stossel, tackles our favorite myths in his characteristic style and challenges us to look ... more »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.
Were 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.« less
I was pretty disappointed in this book. While there is some good points made that can start a good conversation, most is the same alarmist media that John Stossel is accusing others of. For example on on page 109 he shows that in a testing of 24 countries of kids at age 10 our country ranked 8th. Then in a testing of 40 countries of kids at age 15 we ranked 25. He used this as proof that our schools were failing. However, if you looked all 16 of the countries that were not in the first study are before the US in the second study. Meaning that if you don't count them, we have only dropped from 8th to 9th. Not nearly so alarming.
Could make a good waiting room book or bathroom book, but not nearly enough good facts to be something you want to base your own strong opinions on.
Entertaining read. It seems time and resources were expended getting real answers and I was hard pressed to find anything to disagree with here. Many of the conclusions were counter-intuitive, which is most likely why the general public as well as many "experts" so often get it wrong. The sources cited at the end of the book are solid and relatively comprehensive.