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A very good, useful book (like it) but a bit misadvertised
on June 1, 2002
I LIKE this book. And if I rated it on what I liked about it I would easily give it five stars. It has very well-written and fun descriptions on various informational topics, coupled with addresses, phone numbers and websites from which you can get gobs and gobs of free information. Most of these sources are federal and state government agencies that will send you fact sheets, booklets, catalogues, and lists. And in the back of the book there is an enormously useful directory of state information sources.
The problem is the book is advertised and titled Gobs and Gobs of Free Stuff! True, but the free stuff is INFORMATION so it should be Gobs and Gobs of Free Information.
I'm an entertainer and do lots of venues, including schools, so this book is going to be well used and it has already been placed in a pivotal spot on my desk bookshelf. But if you're expecting Gobs and Gobs of Free Stuff such as the stuff described on its cover ("free gifts, posters, toys, videos, books, advice, travel, money and much much more") you will be sorely disappointed and feel that you did not get your money's worth.
Again: this is a valuable tool, is well-organized, with well-written, breezy descriptions (that are fun to read even if you're not looking for anything) and you can get TONS of information from it....but you're NOT going to see your mailbox or postbox overflow with free merchandise. The "stuff" is actually good, solid information...and this book can save you time and give you some great ideas...IF that is what you're looking for.