Did you ever have the uneasy feeling that the experts are not ...well, experts? 'We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out.' Decca Recording Company executive, turning down the Beatles, 1962 I Wish I Hadn't Said That sets straight thousands of examples of expert misunderstanding, miscalculation, egregious prognostication, boo-boos, and just plain lies. The experts have been wrong about everything under, including and beyond the sun: time, space, the sexes, the races, the environment, economics, politics, crime, education, the media, history and science. In I Wish I Hadn't Said That we see just how much the experts don't know. 'No woman in my lifetime will be Prime Minister' Margaret Thatcher
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Christopher Cerf is the co-editor of The Politcally Correct Dictionary and Handbook and The 80s: A Look Back at the Tumultuous Decade, 1980-89. He is a former contributing editor to the National Lampoon, and he co-edited the newspaper parody Not the New York Times. Victor Navasky is the publisher and editorial director of The Nation. He is the author of the American Book Award winner Naming Names and Kennedy Justice.
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