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Everything You Know Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies Paperback – June 1, 2002
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"It's a great read." -- Jane Magazine, August 2002
"Much of it will shock your sensibilities. It's mindboggling stuff. But read it you should." -- Discourse & Disclosure, Summer 2002
"The kind of book you want to buy and give to everyone you know" -- Rain Taxi Summer 2002
"These stories can be scary" -- Seven Magazine, July 2002
"This book could change the way you process information. This book could actually make you smarter." -- Tacoma Reporter, July 25, 2002
"[A] fun and compelling read" -- Enter Stage Right, June 2002
"[A]nother engrossing and infuriating compilation of muckraking articles, exposes, and provocative claims ... recommended for most public libraries." -- Library Journal
"a bracing collection of contrarian articles covering a broad spectrum of subjects" -- The Guardian, October 5, 2002
"bold and brash and just a little bit frightening, irregardless of which side of the political center readers find themselves" -- The Boox Review, July 10, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is of uneven quality. Some of the articles offer information that really does challenge readers' expectations. Howard Zinn's history of the Ludlow Massacre is an excellent example, and should be shown to all Libertarians who think that Industry serves the common good. Editor Russ Kick offers ample documentary evidence that the Columbine school shooting was more complex than we realize, while Mike Males comes from another direction, suggesting that kids are a lot healthier and more law-abiding than we realize.
Other articles aren't so hot. Tristan Taormino's praise of polyamory uses vulgar terminology sure to keep anyone on the fence from changing their minds. Are we really likely to agree to multiple partners if our best argument is full of language to make sailors blush? Greg Palast and Oliver Shykles' condemnation of the International Monetary Fund, though probably correct, refuses to cite sources and has a flip tone that won't sway any key undecided minds. Thomas Szasz, in claiming that mental illness is a fiction, simply states his opinion that psychoses don't exist, and then behaves as though his assertion is as good as proof.
This is not a scholarly book. It is written with a distinct popular tone, though no clear political position. Some articles are liberal, some conservative; some pro-industry, some anti-neoclassical economics; some pro-religion, some openly athiest. David T.Read more ›
Just a couple of examples from the book include the current situation with Mad Cow disease in America, the fact that violence involving young people is at it's lowest level in over 30 years (despite the impression you get from the news), how French authorities kidnapped a girl in California and took her to France. Other areas include nuclear safety, globalization, serial killers, the Vatican Bank, Olympic Games, the Columbine murders and many others.
While at times the book seems like a series of articles from a "conspiracy theory" group, it has the advantage of each article being contributed by an authority in that field. The authorities include everything from investigative journalists to researchers to commentators and academic authorities. Each article includes well-documented evidence to backup all claims.
If nothing else, you owe it to yourself to learn the alternative possibilities and explanations that are out there, most of which are at least as plausible and sometimes more so than the "official" or "accepted" version. A fascinating read that opens the mind, answers many questions and at times creates more questions than it answers. Fun and irreverent, sometimes politically left, sometimes politically right, it is a recommended read.
Return names are Howard Bloom, Howard Zinn, Richard Metzger and several others. There's more variety this time though, with contributions from Naomi Klein, Arianna Huffington, Noreena ("Silent Takeover") Hertz, John Taylor Gatto and several other notable authors.
Standouts for me were Russ Kick's "more than two shooters" expose on Coulmbine, Peter Breggin MD's outing of the real effects of antidepressants, David Lochbaum's unveiling of US nuclear accident secrets and John ("NY Teacher of the Year")Taylor Gatto's riveting spin on the purpose of the education system (it's not about educating!).
It's worth mentioning too that the book is a beautiful thing in itself, coffee table worthy, huge, and a tremendous value when you see how much is in it. Buy it - you won't regret it!
Another strength of this book is its differing viewpoints, as many political persuasions are represented and some of the essays even contradict each other. In a book like this that reacts against mainstream power, you will naturally get a lot of leftism, and that's true in at least four-fifths of this book. However, the right will find representation here too, especially in the essay "Watchdog Nation" which criticizes anti-racism groups that are mostly acting only in their own self-interest, plus endorsements of books that criticize gun control concepts and the Clinton/Gore administration. Readers of this book who take every single essay at face value, regardless of the reader or writer's political leanings, will find themselves with new well-rounded viewpoints.
Regardless, the best essays here are far beyond mere left vs. right politics.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The horned guy on the cover is a red flag lol. References to satanism on the back cover. Some good material inside but prepare your self to filter out some baloney...Published 5 months ago by Dennis
Today was the first day in my 62 years that I threw a book away. Not just because this guys writing on mere speculation, and not facts, but because he said because other things... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lynette L. Corn
Entertaining reading with alternative views on historical events.Published 11 months ago by Mike Hunter
The author must have written the other reviews, how else could they be so glowing, the book is poorly written, undocumented and nonsensicle...... Read morePublished 15 months ago by John Webb
This is an anthology of accusations and suspicion mostly with an American slant. Some articles I found informative, some of little value to a non- US resident. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by xandrag47
It is a large book (double columns on each page, but broken up nicely into stories that will amaze and surprise you (or make your blood boil). Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by Cantbe Fooled
As it says pretty upfront, some of the views even within the book will clash. The idea is to get you to think for yourself. Read morePublished on July 19, 2010 by Christina M. Ward