Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel--Why Everything You Know Is Wrong
Any review is more than this book deserves - so I'll just give an example of Stossel's breathtaking stupidity.
Here's one of the myths he claims to debunk:
Myth: Polygamy harms Women
Fact: The women aren't complaining.
Stossel backs this up with a walkthrough of a polygamist compound where all the women he speaks to seem to be doing just fine.
-Well, that's it then, isn't it? Conclusive proof that polygamy doesn't harm wome-
Wait. What about this ...more
The cover shows a bullshit-detecting John Stossel holding a shovel, his weapon of choice. The shovel becomes a motif throghout the tome, appearing most frequently in the catchphrase he uses for chastising the bullshit-mongers: "Get the shovel!" By the twentieth time he says it, one can envision his legions of loyal fans chanting along: ...more
I'm not going to argue about whether he has his facts straight or not (mostly because in several cases he doesn't), but I am going to point out that it wouldn't matter anyway thanks to the rock-hard shell of arrogance clotted around this book.
I originally picked up the book thinking "Oh myths and lies, this ought to be fun." I had no expectations from Stossel himself, since I've never watched 20/20 or had any contact with anything else he's done. I was assuming that ...more
I flipped through the book and did not intend to read it. Instead it turned out to be interesting. He took many popular myths and beliefs and attempted to explode them with evidence and statistics.
I don't agree with many of his opinions, but the book made for some thought provoking reading. I don' ...more
Here is part:
School-Choice Proponents Meet Resistance
When the Sanford family moved from Charleston to Columbia, S.C., the family had a big concern: Where would the kids go to school? In most places, you must attend the public school in the zone where you live, but the middle school near the Sanford's new home was rate ...more
I also feel like the author contradicted himself at times to make whatever point he wanted at the time. For example in one portion of the book he explains how easily you can get experts to say whatever you want for a segment on TV. Later in the book he uses "experts" as his inarguable evidence that something is a myth.
Having read some other books that try and prove or disprove theories, ...more
John Stossel goes through a series of "myths" vs. "truth". He is for capitalism and against big government, and describes himself as a libertarian rather than a conservative. When it comes to economics, his reasoning seems sound. But when he starts delving into other topics (polygamy, homosexuality, etc.), his case starts to break down. In these areas, it begins to look more sensational (meant to shock) than rational (based on solid research).
This is why I enjoyed some of his earlier books bette...more
If you were a regular viewer of John Stossel during his 20 ...more
A word of caution... if you are in love with your ideals and way of thinking about many items in today's culture, don't read this book. He just might challenge you to re-eval ...more
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 k ...more
1. He covers so many topics, from so many different areas of life, that the book feels disjointed to the extreme. It would have been better if he had covered myths according to one central theme, even ...more