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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Priceonomics (June 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692224963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692224960
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Priceonomics is a San Francisco-based company that writes about data, business, and economics, and also provides data services for businesses. Everything Is Bullshit is written by Zachary Crockett, Rohin Dhar, and Alex Mayyasi, and contains special contributions from David Raether and Dan Abramson.

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Very interesting and well written...
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I am a Priceonomics blog fan, and have read almost all the articles.
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Everyone can learn something form this book.
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Luke P. on July 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
"Everything is Bulls***" isn't a bad book, but it's not particularly good, either. Analysis isn't very thorough (most chapters read like slightly expanded blog posts), and most of the cases presented in the book aren't stunning new revelations. Are there really that many people out there that don't know that the diamond industry is a big charade, that you're not going to win McDonalds Monopoly game, or that animal rights movements gravitate towards cute animals like baby seals?

"Everything is Bulls***" would be a much better book if it were to contrast current "Bulls***" to frauds that were overcome and and are no longer bought into. Such additions would make the book whole by suggesting a remedy to today's, well, "bulls***". Instead, the book panders to cynicism and is little more than a source for cocktail party chit-chat.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shravan Reddy on June 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
For a while now, the Priceonomics blog has been one of my go to sources for long form content. It's nearly impossible to find clear, well written articles on the web that use data convincingly to argue each point. The Priceonomics team does this extraordinarily well blending their quantified insight with stellar, easy to understand writing. Definitely pick up a copy!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ammar Mian on June 24, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Everything is bulls***. The diamonds, the wine, the free credit reports -- almost everything around us is a smoke-and-mirrors game. This isn't cynical, it's just true. And the Priceonomics team shows us countless instances of this being true in the world around us.

What I loved:
- The writing really sparkles with personality and made it so enjoyable to read, even while stuck on a cramped commuter train.
- The authors write extraordinarily clearly, but also respect the reader's intelligence. Strikes that perfect balance. Rare quality.
- The topics are just so on point and shatter so many misconceptions that have been waiting to be shattered in convincing manner.

Areas for improvement (undoubtedly when the sequel comes out):
- Each essay sits in a particular chapter/subcategory, but I wish there had a been a subtle sort of narrative voice tying and linking all of them together to keep reminding the reader why this is important to daily life.

All in all, an outstanding book that is the perfect companion to Steve Levitt/Dubner's latest title Think Like a Freak. They pair very well. A book that you could read over and over again and still find it awesome.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R Varadharajan on June 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The examples are nice and lovely but the one perspective that's missing is the consumer's perspective on each of them - "what are they thinking and what parts of the myth have they bought into and what is for real as per "research"?".

- a little more of framework towards the end to round it off to classify each of these myths into various categories (some of which I have attempted to describe below).
- a couple of pages of summary at the end of each example to explain the synopsis of the entire "bull s***" - creation, sustenance and risks to the myth - viz., why it can break ? for eg., "blood diamonds" could break the "a diamond is forever" myth. Much like the graph in page 225 on bicycle thefts.
- each of these examples is in a different stage of the "bull s***" cycle - some bull s***s have burst (experian), some are in mid life crisis ("diamonds") and some or slowly dying ("taxi medallions). it will help if you guys discern it and educate the reader as much and some like mcdonalds have been outsmarted by an insider ("uncle jerry").

In a gist, the book has some great examples but fails to round them off at the beginning and helping the reader place each example in context and why the phenomonen is happening.

Overall, a good read for anyone who wants to know the economics of a few "self perpetuating myths". I've always loved the pricenomics blog and have learnt a lot from it.

Only I would request the authors to start identifying patterns, lessons and inferences from the wonderful panoramic view they have been fortunate to have on these various "bulls***" events around the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
‘Everything Is Bulls***’ written by Priceonomics will be a great discovery for those who had never heard of this group of people and their website on which many interesting things can be read and learned.

Inside this book they put the stories about many myths, things that we take for granted and do not think anymore whether and to what extent are correct. And in fact most of them are just as the title says complete nonsense, fraud or distorted truth eventually accepted as unquestionable fact.

Using clear and easy to understand style and unbiased approach Priceonomics authors manage to show some very expensive lies we are buying each and every day, showing how true is the statement that owning the truthful information at the present time is something most valuable, and most often it is a privilege only of selected ones.

Therefore their book in same time can be educational, informative, entertaining, and sometimes a bit shocking for readers when they’ll ask themselves some questions and get answers that are not expected.

What some readers may be considered lacking is the fact though book succeeds to present some good and interesting cases, it doesn’t provide some overview or contextualization of described myths that will be helpful for readers to themselves identify some patterns or lessons for future.

Still, ‘Everything Is Bulls***’ is book of faction that can be fully recommended, book that will surprise you and which will certainly become the topic of conversation with your friends and family.
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