Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel - Why Everything You Know is Wrong

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Now in paperback: The major national bestseller that the New York Times says "tosses sand on liberal sacred cows"John Stossel -- award-winning journalist, tireless consumer-rights crusader, and anchor of ABC's newsmagazine 20/20 -- has built his reputation on his willingness to debunk conventional wisdom, no matter the source. In his latest New York Times bestseller, which has sold more than 200,000 copies in hardcover, he busts the myths, lies, and downright stupidity clogging media outlets on all sides of the spectrum. Taking a shovel to the heaps of misinterpretations and outright mistakes passing for "fact" these days, Stossel proves:--That contrary to popular belief, Americans have more free time now than ever before; --How DDT could actually save millions of lives annually, if only we hadn't been wrongly convinced it caused cancer; --That Republicans don't shrink government -- they expand it; --Why bottled water is a rip-off (hint: not only doesn't it taste better than tap, it's no healthier either!); --How "defective product" lawsuits end up depriving us of safer products; --Why it's okay to marry your cousin; --And much, much more.Bursting with facts, sharp insights, and plain old common sense, Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity is a modern muckraking classic.

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John Stossel is the anchor for 20/20. He has received nineteen Emmys and been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club. His book Give Me a Break was also a New York Times bestseller. A graduate of Princeton University, Stossel lives in New York City.

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To follow a similar book that sold well, John Stossel of TV's "20/20" offers another exposÉ, this one on how many widely held beliefs are wrong. Once again, the author's TV roots betray him as this book predictably dumbs-down its material. Using sound clips from TV interviews breaks up the drone of Stossel's narrative sensationalism but contributes little to his stated goal of providing listeners with the truth. If you've endured the TV show, you pretty much know what to expect from Stossel, charming as ever in this recording but not whom you want to turn to if you're really interested in understanding anything about how the world works. T.W. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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