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

by John Stossel of abc 20/20

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America's 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: 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. We're 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401390068
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Series: Digital Picture Book
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 855,111
File size: 774 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Stossel has been reporting for 20/20 since 1981. Since then, he has received 19 Emmy awards, and been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club. His popular 20/20 segment "Give Me A Break" was transformed into a series of one-hour prime time specials, and GIVE ME A BREAK was a national bestseller. He also hosts ABC's John Stossel Specials reports for ABC radio, and A graduate of Princeton University, Stossel lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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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Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel - Why Everything You Know Is Wrong 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 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.
harpua on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually read quite a few non-fiction books throughout the year, often times many at once. I however, rarely finish one all the way through, which is usually what I wait until to post a review here. Here is one that didn¿t take too much effort for me to move through. Short, concise sections on different myths and rebuttals to them. Everything from politics, science, personal health and economics. While John doesn¿t go into great detail about any one myth, he presents enough information to make his case and allow the reader to investigate further to verify for themselves. As a conservative, he touched on many of the points I¿ve been making for years. However, there were a few points that I disagreed with him on. Overall a well written and though provoking book.
melikebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eye-opening. To discuss just one of his "Myths": We collectively throw billions of our hard-earned dollars into taxes to pay for "education", yet the best schooling is almost always had only at private venues because of the entrenched -- broken -- system the NEA has enabled. Even home-schooled kids, taught by earnest but non-teaching-degreed parents, have a keener edge than those in public city schools. Sobering, sad. Americans will never give up the idea of paying for public education, even though it seems the best idea is to leave it up to the market to provide the best options so that we all can decide where we want to spend all that money our taxes currently suck from us to fund the current, haphazard, bloated system.
RickSchad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book does not go into enough factual detail to sell me on many of Mr. Stossel's theories.
melydia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The famous 20/20 anchor takes on a large number of commonly held beliefs and discusses whether or not they are true. I learned quite a bit about a broad range of subjects, and Stossel's straightforward writing style is immensely readable. However, I have a feeling that if I was a die-hard believer in any of the myths covered here I would have left unconvinced and unimpressed. The trouble with this book is that there are too many topics discussed with not enough depth. Most of the myths are covered in a page or two, with a couple of general statements, maybe some statistics or interviews, and an example to illustrate his point. Unfortunately, the plural of anecdote is not data, and I suspect many people dismiss Stossel's words out of hand because of it. That's not to say people should avoid this book on the grounds that it doesn't dig very deep; some of the myths are covered quite thoroughly and even with the ones that weren't I still came away with a lot to think about and some stuff I'd like to look into further. I just think Stossel's message would be more effective if he wrote a book with a narrower focus and a lot more detail.
MarthaLillie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an eyeopening book on some of the ridiculous things presented to us as truth in the modern media. It is certainly worth the time to read.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was pretty good. I, of course, read everything with my handy grain of salt, but the book confirmed some things I already thought. It also opened my eyes to a few things. And made my eyes roll at a few others. The equality and education sections made me particularly angry (don't get me started on education ... really). It's an entertaining read.
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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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