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Scared to Death - From BSE to Global Warming: Why Scares are costing us the Earth

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  9 reviews
From salmonella and BSE to asbestos and ‘Asian bird flu’, modern society has regularly in recent years been gripped by a series of headline-making ‘scares’ This book provides the first full-scale analysis of what in the past two decades has become a massive hidden drain on the economies of the western world. Again and again we have seen outbreaks of media hysteria provoked ...more
484 pages
Published 2007 by Cornwall Press (first published April 1st 2006)
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Si
Feb 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book discusses scare stories from the last few decades, plots their courses from a real issue to a scare, and describes the main proponents: scientists, pressure groups, the media and the government.
The authors are big on the detail and this can be a chore to wade through. Also they clearly have an axe to grind, particularly in the food health scares, and specifically a certain Professor Lacey. I'd like to hear his side of the story.
However, as one-sided as some of the chapters were, the sa
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John Read
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning ! Don't read this book if you are easy to anger. Especially if you are already contemptuous of 'Authority' and it's abuse of power.
This book is almost five hundred pages of endless examples of Incompetence, Corruption, Ignorance, Lies, Faulty Science, and the waste of our money on an eye watering scale. From Salmonella, BSE, Child Abuse, Bird Flu, Asbestos, Global Warming and more. The authors' research is often astonishing. If someone sneezed at 15.25 on a Tuesday in 1987, these authors
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David Cheshire
Nov 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this hoping to learn more about stuff like the underlying causes of these "scares", how to differentiate between real and spurious ones, and the role of the media (the Daily Mail for example is renown for its nightmare health scares). I was disappointed on all counts. When I read that it's the BBC, not the tabloids, that are most to blame, I suspect either some kind of agenda, or a total lack of research. The combination of cut and paste description and shallow generalisation give it, t ...more
Rutger
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libertarianism
Thoroughly enjoyed Booker's list of fake scares.

This book made me shrug during the H1N1 and Mexican flu epidemics. Most epidemics are media-made nonsense, Booker writes down the cold facts and cynical motivations behind the scares.
Adino Chang
Sep 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
At first I was sceptical, but the authors presented some pretty good arguments. Give it a chance and read a couple of chapters, even if you don't agree with them about the issues.

Most surprising book for me this year.
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Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
Best book ever. If you only read one last book in your life.....
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