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Mark Juddery is an Australia-based journalist whose features appear in the Sydney Morning Herald and other major publications. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books; 1 edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039953590X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399535901
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Juddery was born (and usually lives) in Australia, the son of two parents, both of whom were related to him. A writer from the moment he started writing, he has written three books, an award-winning (but unproduced) screenplay, countless magazine and newspaper articles, numerous plays, and a popular weekly newspaper column in The Canberra Times. He was a regular on a radio comedy series (which he co-wrote), has run three ultra-marathons, can give a detailed synopsis of any Doctor Who story, actually owns copies of most Velvet Underground albums, and occasionally tries to learn the mandolin. (Strangely enough, that's all true.)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By weathers on August 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was expecting a scathing attack on many of the things I hold dear. Instead, Mark Juddery provides a series of fascinating, well researched, and fact-based (rather than overly opinionated) essays about several things with a great reputation that, he argues (usually rather convincingly), might not be deserved. I especially liked the chapters on Superman, Baby Boomers (who claim credit for everything that they lived through) and the 1960s (which weren't as liberal as you'd think). This is a great book to while away the hours on a train or bus.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PietHein on September 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Overrated has shamelessly destroyed many of my childhood beliefs. Diamonds are expensive because they're rare? No, they're expensive because the advertising has fooled so many people! Woodstock was an altruistic party for the youth of the 1960s? No, it was a profit-driven, cynical exercise that everyone gate-crashed because security was so bad. The fall of the Bastille was a great moment in human rights? No, it was a hideous moment in French history! All these long-prized myths were destroyed when I read this. But it does mention that Santa Claus existed... sort of. Addictive reading!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alf Zollo on August 21, 2010
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I bought this book after being bemused by all the kerfuffle that ensued over at USA Today and The Huffington Post in response to articles they published on the book. OMG, would you believe that Juddery dares to have a go at sacred cows like baseball and Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. No! Not baseball and The Beatles! Where would we be without them? That's a good question and the book is a well-researched intelligent starting point for thinking about the myths and assumptions which shape our world view in so many different fields.

Of course any book like this is going to have some cultural limitations, but Juddery deals with these honestly. (He thinks cricket is as over-rated as baseball.) It is a really fun read that will fill your head with memorable facts enough to impress in any civilised conversation. A good gift for those with multiple interests or just general interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wisdom Light on August 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
A great read for anyone who wants a new way of looking at some of the prized sacred cows of history, the arts and science. Juddery is not cruel or vicious, but tells it like it is... and leaves some room for dinner-table arguments!!
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