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

3 Ratings: 3.3
A book by John Stossel

ABC News correspondent Stossel mines his20/20segments 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 … see full wiki

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Author: John Stossel
Publisher: Hyperion
3 reviews about Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get...
review by . March 11, 2012
But maybe I'm the one who would be surprised by the absence of reason in the world around me.  Seems like simple logic would tell people that funeral directors are often greedy predators, that bottled water is a ripoff, that government hurts more than it helps, but perhaps logic isn't so simple, and sense isn't so common as we would like.        Stossel (what is he up to these days?) for a while in the 90s and the 2000's was kind of an omnipresent mythbuster …
review by . August 02, 2006
John Stossel is a breath of fresh air, demolishing myths on the left and the right. The troubling thing is that everything Stossel says is something that truly informed people should already know from their own diligent reading. For example, Stossel debunks the "cancer epidemic" myth by pointing out that it is primarily a disease of aging. Ben Wattenberg said that more than 20 years ago in his "The Good News Is That The Bad News Is Really Good." If life expectancy hadn't increased so much, there …
review by . July 24, 2006
This book explores, and explodes, many of the "urban myths" that abound in our culture. It also reveals that many of the things that we believe are true are not, and the reverse. Each segment is rather short, and capable of being read very quickly. I found it quite interesting, and learned (or unlearned) many things I had believed, or not.
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