Freedman (coauthor of A Perfect Mess) makes the case that scientists, finance wizards, relationship gurus, health researchers, and other supposed authorities are as likely to be wrong as right. Drawing from personal interviews with experts on experts, he leads the reader on a merry chase down the road of skepticism, uncovering conflicting solutions to how to sleep better, lose weight, avoid heart attacks, build a financial nest egg, lower cholesterol, etc. In accessible language, Freedman explains the flaws that all too easily worm their way into research, including deliberate fudging of data and downright fraud. Fellow journalists, more interested in flashy copy than accuracy, come in for their share of the blame. Google and other Internet search engines add to the problem, sending unfounded facts to millions of computer users. Fortunately, after pulling the rug from under the reader's feet on every imaginable topic—from the relationship of body fat to dementia, the effect of Tylenol on dogs, and how to prevent inflation, Freedman provides 11 never-fail rules for not being misled—but of course, he admits, he could be wrong. (June)
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"An exposé of the multiple ways that society's so-called experts let us down, if not outright betray us. It's a chunk of spicy populist outrage, and it can be a hoot....It's news you can use."―Dwight Garner, New York Times
We are, as Mr. Freedman puts it, living in an age of "punctuated wrongness," usually misled, occasionally enlightened. His goal is a broad account of this phenomenon, how it takes shape through specific problems in measurement, how it spreads through the general idiocy of crowds, and how we might identify and avoid it. Bravo!...[Mr. Freedman] turns to the right kind of experts to articulate general principles-biostatisticians, for example, who can see deeper than the average scientist into the way the data are gathered, analyzed and screwed up...What makes Wrong so right-it being as good as any general account of the fragility of what we take as expert knowledge-is that it raises the right questions."―Trevor Butterworth, Wall Street Journal
"Mind-bending...[A] compelling case that the majority of people frequently recognized as experts...base their findings on flawed information more often than not....readers of Freedman's evidence might mitigate their unwarranted trust in the "experts" who so often offer sound bites on the morning television news-entertainment programs as well as the "experts" promoted by Oprah, Dr. Phil and others of that ilk."―Steve Weinberg, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Forcefully argued, focusing on the point where error shades into deceit...Wrong makes a powerful case for the prevalence of scientific ineptitude."
―Michael Washburn, Washington Post
"This is by far one of the most interesting non-fiction books to have come out in recent times. David H. Freedman reveals why and how a lot-if not all-expert advice is either misleading, manipulated as to mislead, or just plain wrong. Freedman, a journalist by profession, pierces through the shell of intellectual confidence in studies-scientific or otherwise-and exposes 'expert advice', 'studies reveal' and 'survey says' as false catch-phrases designed to fool people into believing that we humans know more about the world around us than we actually do."―Amir Hafizi, The Malay Mail
"A revealing look at the fallibility of "experts," and tips on how to glean facts from the mass of published misinformation...Informative and engaging, if not groundbreaking news to more cynical readers."―Kirkus Reviews
Great book that attempts to teach you to break the easily formed habit and desire to unquestionably believe what "credentialed" experts say is true.Published 8 months ago by Anthony Dasilva Jr.
Excellent, captivating reading. A real eye-opener that shows you that not everything is to be trusted blindly. Recommend it.Published 10 months ago by N. A. Ramirez MD
Interesting work, does help decode a lot of very useless " experts" at large.Published 11 months ago by Giovanni Pallavicini
This is a great summation of other literature and other researchers' ideas. Definitely worth reading, but we should keep one thing in mind: Freedman (like all Gladwell-generation... Read morePublished 11 months ago by JJ Charles
The book purports to tackle a complicated and relevant subject only to deliver an amusing but shallow indictment of human vices. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mark
Freedman's book is an easy-to-read overview of the various reasons many so-called "experts" are often wrong. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Biz Book Reader
A very good book and quite usefull. It explains thoroughly the problem wich every research has and it shows why experts keep fealing us.Published 19 months ago by @StelJoan
This book goes beyond being just enjoyable and informative to read through; it actually causes a change in thinking and perception that is long lasting. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Booky