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Bigger Secrets: More Than 125 Things They Prayed You'd Never Find Out

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A look at the truth behind some of the world's biggest secrets.
Paperback, 244 pages
Published December 1st 1989 by Houghton Mifflin Company (first published 1986)
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Chris
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The rule of these "Secrets" books is this: as the name gets more grandiose, the secrets get less compelling. Still, this book is chock-a-block with great articles that I've read again and again. Rorschach Tests -- what your answers say about you; Rosicrucians; Masonic initiation secrets; hidden Disneyland; and lots more. Still, if you're only going to get one, make it the diminutively-named "Big Secrets" instead.
Rich Meyer
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
A classic of the genre, though a tad outdated now, considering blue boxing and telephones are much like dinosaurs today. There's a lot of cool secrets and explanations in this one, from Disney's Haunted Mansion to Oysters Rockefeller.

A great book to read if you're planning to join the Scientology cult, as this one tells you exactly what you'd be paying $12,000 (in 1986 dollars) to find out (hint: It's a really crappy sci-fi novel).

Tracey
Sep 05, 2007 rated it liked it
From a chemical analysis of the Oysters Rockefeller recipe to quotes from a conversation with Dr. Bronner, the author goes all out to share this rather eclectic collection of secrets with his readers.

The research seems fairly well done - will need to double-check if there was a Notes/Bibliography section or not (book is not handy at the moment)

Barry Simiana
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
As always, I love these books. They're old and some of the myths debunked are still being passed around as true via the new interwebs thingy. Good little reads for when you only have a few minutes at a time to do so.
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William Poundstone is the author of more than ten non-fiction books, including 'Fortune's Formula', which was the Amazon Editors' Pick for #1 non-fiction book of 2005. Poundstone has written for The New York Times, Psychology Today, Esquire, Harpers, The Economist, and Harvard Business Review. He has appeared on the Today Show, The David Letterman Show and hundreds of radio talk-shows throughout ...more