Dissecting Antismokers' Brains is actually the polar opposite to that: Mr. McFadden, trained in statistics and propaganda analysis, rips apart the attack of the "Antismoking Crusade" on smokers by showing the weakness of their arguments and numbers, the deceit of their styles of argument, and the real psychological drives, sometimes quite neurotically based, that power some of the Crusade's leaders.
The author has succeeded in writing a book that is quite readable, funny at times, compelling in the path that it weaves through its chapters, and yet full of hard-based research and references to back up all the claims made. It will fill a niche that is currently almost empty for college courses seeking to analyze the social debate raging around smoking bans and professors search for literate and substantive material presenting "the other side" of the smoking debate; and it will also be well thumbed-through and discussed at local taverns on slow afternoons as bartenders and customers keep an eye out for the new breed of "Smoke Police" that now prowl some of our major cities.
Overall, other than some of the "Antismokers" analyzed in the book, few will be disappointed by "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains" and most will find it an unusually informative and enjoyable experience.
This is an incredibly ridiculous book. Take for example, one of the "lies" that the author documents:
"Antismokers claim that nonsmokers are being... Read more
McFadden's specialized knowledge in a field that few are aware of is presented in an engaging and non-partisan manner. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gary
A very dangerous book. Author is not able to confront the reality, he present it as he wishes to see it. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by april
I have some personal and professional experience with anti-smoking groups, as the founder of the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, creator of their American Spirit product, and as... Read morePublished on October 3, 2010 by Bill Drake
Every legitimate scientist on Earth knows that smoking cigarettes is very bad for people. Anyone who says different is flatly delusional. Read morePublished on September 13, 2010 by Alive
My only question is what do we believe? Are we to believe what we've been told on TV or what this guy says? Read morePublished on September 9, 2010 by Barb Brandon
I'm a nonsmoker but have read other stuff on this subject since my "significant other" smokes, and this book stands out as both having an unusual approach and having a lot of real... Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by Mara
A fascinating read, and an important book at a time when anti-smoking fanaticism is reaching a new level of hysteria, with a proposed ban on OUTDOOR smoking in parks and beaches... Read morePublished on November 8, 2009 by scribe
This book was a real find for me. At last - someone who challenges the junk science and the appeals to irrational fear that has characterized many campaigns against second-hand... Read morePublished on September 22, 2009 by R. Schultz