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I Call Bullshit: Debunking the Most Commonly Repeated Myths Paperback – October 25, 2011
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There are KINDLE ISSUES. Sometimes a myth will be presented, but the rebuttal part of the format will not appear until a few pages later. It could be that this has to do with the layout of the print version. Perhaps in the paper copy of the book the myth and rebuttal were divided on a two page spread. In any case, it's shoddy to put out an e-reader version of a book that hasn't been formatted to work properly. There is also a little awkwardness of spacing with a lack of a paragraph break between the answer section of one entry and the myth section of the next topic. It's not a big deal, and may be because I increased the text size, but again, Kindle versions should work properly.
As to the content...... After a while the format gets a little redundant. It might have been nice if the reader was brought into the fray a little by having to guess if a myth is true or not. Just an idea. As other reviewers have mentioned, the author does dwell on certain topics--the Vikings, European peasants, Neanderthal man. I suspect that even if you have not read his other books, you probably don't believe a lot of these myths. I think most people have heard that Bell didn't really invent the telephone, and that Columbus wasn't the first to know the Earth isn't flat.Read more ›
The book is a fast, enjoyable read. Think of it as a rumor-busting book in the style of "Damn You Autocorrect." I do recommend this book for skeptics with a sense of humor. On the other hand, the author seems to champion some surprising groups. For some reason this book is going to make sure you have a better idea of what Vikings were actually like (perhaps Thor did them a disservice--I didn't see the movie or game so I couldn't say) versus what some to say about this ancient group of explorers.
Nudists also get extra attention of the positive sort. A number of times this lifestyle and the common misconceptions about nudists are debunked. I support treating people fairly based on facts. However, I've never actually heard this lifestyle disparaged even when I lived outside of California, so I wasn't aware they commonly needed defending or debunking.
A couple other groups also appear to be singled out: Wiccans and Catholics. Yes, this is an odd combination, and still. Both religions are discussed a number of times and common misconceptions repelled.
You'll also find some science items included in the book. I personally found some of the data bits a tad out of date; this happens so fast due to research and testing it is not surprising for nearly anything in print. If you're looking for scientific confirmation, do some extra research your own. Since none of the claims in the book are foot-noted for sources, this is recommended regardless.
Overall, the book is fun to read. Buy this one for the entertainment value.Read more ›