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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: TarcherPerigee; 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: #2,440,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Mark Juddery's Overrated is worth the time because it's fun and entertaining. I don't always agree with the things he thinks are overrated, but that's the fun. For example, Star Trek TOS is NOT overrated in my opinion (Next Generation, etc., maybe) but he does make a good case that it is. Juddery is spot on Superman, Grunge (way overrated), the movie Titanic (the most overrated film of all time in my opinion), Baby Boomers and others. I felt the book lost steam at the end with the 10 most overrated things. All-in-all, a good, quick, interesting read.
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