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Overrated/Underrated: 100 Experts Topple the Icons and Champion the Slighted!

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One hundred of America's favorite writers re-evaluate the overpraised and applaud the unappreciated in this fun and impossible-to-put-down collection of highly opinionated essays. What began as one of American Heritage's most popular annual features is collected now in this beautifully illustrated, endlessly entertaining book. One hundred inspired, irreverent, illuminating ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Black Dog & Leventhal
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Robert Strupp
Nov 05, 2012 Robert Strupp rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in picking up oddball facts and opinions.
Shelves: history
Overrated / Underrated by the editors of the American Heritage Magazine seems to me to be a monumental achievement. They took 100 topics/categories such as "Automobile", or "Generation", or "Sports Moment" and then teamed a writer with some expertise in the matter and had him, or her, come up with an "Overrated" and "Underrated" event, person, device or happening.

While I certainly did not agree with every dissertation, there were few subjects that were not interesting, and I did learn quite a b
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Jessica
Mar 24, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
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I was not terribly impressed by this book. Many of their choices for overrated seemed to diminish their importance. A lot of the overrated choices weren’t necessarily overrated, just popularized. I would agree with a lot of their choices for underrated, and a lot of those subjects do deserve the lime light much like their maligned “overrated” brethren. However I do take issue with some of those choices. For example one chapter is the Kennedy’s. They vote JFK as overrated with barely a blurb as t ...more
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Aug 28, 2008 Miriam rated it it was ok
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Jan 31, 2015 Leslie rated it liked it
I like books that present interesting facts / opinions in an easy-to-read format. This book does that. Its concept (name the most overrated and underrated individuals / events) is excellent, but “overrated” in this book means “well-known” or “most popular”. This is not a good idea and ruins the book’s format.
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