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Containing expos?s on topics ranging from Columbus to Columbine, this collection of stimulating articles Disinformation Books' inaugural title challenges popular beliefs on the Big Bang and the depredations of hackers. Kick, author of Psychotropedia and a columnist for the Village Voice, has collected an impressive array of articles by such contributors as Sydney Schanberg of the New York Times, in which he asks why John McCain persistently blocks public disclosure of MIA files, and the lesser-known Jim Marrs, a Kennedy conspiracy zealot and freelance journalist who discusses missing data from historical tragedies, including the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations and the Lockerbie bombing. Do gay teens really constitute a suicidal risk group? Was Jesus a myth? The best articles will surely compel readers to pursue further reading; none should be accepted as exhaustive. Public libraries ought to invest in a copy to keep alongside other sources of skepticism; academic libraries will find the scholarship uneven but provocative. [You may obtain a free e-book copy of this title if you purchase the paperback from; the e-book may also be purchased separately for $8.85. Ed.] Robert C. Moore,, Southboro, M.
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"... a bargain ... well worth owning" -- Counterpoise, Vol. 5, No. 3/4

A beautiful new coffee-table book has come out from Disinformation: a compendium of anarchic, crazed, and politically radical writing. -- San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 28, 2001

For some of the most fascinating reading you'll find this year - or even this millennium - ... order this gem. -- Impact Weekly (Dayton, OH), April 19-25, 2001

It's...less radical than some extremist conspiracy theory books, yet that's something that makes the pieces all the more believable. -- Dazed & Confused, September 2001

Taken as a whole, this anthology represents an instruction manual in how to "read" the news. -- PW (Publishers Weekly)Daily, Book of the Day, Oct. 31, 2001

The only way you're going to find out what's really going on is to open up this 400 page compilation -- Vice Magazine, Volume 8 Number 5, The Summer Kids Issue

The shocking truth is not something you see every day, but this book knows exactly where to look. -- A&F Quarterly, Back To School Issue 2001

The writing is penetrating, uncompromising and pretty convincing... -- Philadelphia Weekly, April 11, 2001

This amazing, candid, and documented compilation of essays ... is enthusiastically recommended reading. -- Midwest Book Review - May 2001

To cut through the lies and manipulation of daily life, this is the place to start ... very highly recommended. -- Midwest Book Review's Internet Bookwatch, July 2001

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Disinformation Books (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966410076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966410075
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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141 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Jason N. Mical on May 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
"You Are Being Lied To" is a conspiracy theorists dream come true, and an interesting cross-section of modern American progressive thought. Featuring essays by Noam Chomsky, David McGowan, and others, YABLT offers a mix of the intellectual and the borderline loony, and although most essays are well-cited, some of them rely on the same kinds of information manipulation this book is supposed to debunk.
There are several essays on how the media is and has been used as a tool to control information. There isn't much here new for anyone with a passing knowledge of Brave New World, and most of what is here is a repeat of Neal Postman's "Amusing Ourselves to Death." There is an essay on the Bush family's connection to the Nazis (although it should be noted that there is a much better essay on the connection of American BUSINESS to fascist Europe) and Gore's awful environmental record. Drugs are demystified, the Drug Wars bemoaned, the OKC bombing analyzed, Jesus questioned, and Columbus bashed. All in all, a good helping of far leftist thought.
The book's fault is that many of the essays, as previously mentioned, ignore large logical holes and other pertinent information to make their point. The Jesus essay is insipid, more the stuff of a whiner than a real Biblical or religious scholar; the OKC essay blatantly ignores several facts in favor of hyperbole; and the Columbus essay has been done before. Of note are the "Apt Pupils" article, an excellent piece on the alienation of those who do not conform to antiquated ideas of normalcy in the American school system. Also of note is "Who's Who in Hell," an excellent list of the different humanists/atheists/agnostics/Unitarians and non-Christians who have made an impact in both European and American history.
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72 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Blahblahblah on May 28, 2001
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This book is an excellent primer for teaching readers or viewers of any media the tools of critical thinking and is filled with contributions by such distinguished writers as Noam Chomsky and Richard Metzger.
Although the book is filled with much interesting factual data, Russ Kick (the editor) in his introduction notes that it is much easier to tear down the sacred cows of society than it is to replace them with the absolute truth. For example, Howard Bloom in his second article falls into the very same trap regarding media reporting that he is trying to warn people against with a rather biased, misleading and one-sided presentation of the situation in the Middle-East. Despite the fact that what Bloom does choose to convey is truthful, what he omits is damning, and he is in complete error in suggesting that the overall perception created of Arabs by the media is that of the victim when in reality, with the exception of works by such writers as Chomsky and Fisk that have been the subject of negative campaigns, Arabs have been represented throughout media history as terrorists. And sometimes the authors admittedly only raise questions about beliefs without really disputing them (as in the article Is Jesus A Myth? which fails to really refute evidence of the historical figure). However, the vast majority of this book is well researched and supported, and serves a useful purpose even when it is only raising questions instead of presenting answers by fighting against the supression of truth.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By majestic on August 24, 2001
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Probably the most vital distinction to make between this book and anything that has preceded it is the sheer breadth of topics covered. That alone makes it hard to categorize the book - part media criticism, part political science, part activist rhetoric, and on and on. There are articles, such as Howard Bloom's attack on Islam, that infuriated me. But there's always a balancing piece (in this case one by Ali Abunimah), often leaving one confused as to who to believe. Perhaps that's the point - even within this book there are conflicting views, requiring the reader to make choices and actually think about what he or she is reading. All in all, this is the best book I've come across for debunking accepted wisdoms and making you think for yourself. Oh, one more thing - it's HUGE and an amazing value!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 19, 2001
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You Are Being Lied To: The Disinformation Guide To Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes And Cultural Myths is an iconoclastic, 399-page expose of some of our most cherished cultural, political, social, and institutionally cherished errors of fact. Here revealed is the often times startling truth about our most commonly held mistaken beliefs ranging from errors of science (the "Big Bang" is not an airtight fact); to religion (there is no hidden code in the Bible); to national security (hackers do not pose a grave threat to the nation and most terrorists are not Middle Eastern); to medicine (Alcoholics Anonymous is far from being as effective as popular opinion supposes); to the environment (thousands of species have not become extinct because of deforestation). This amazing, candid, and documented compilation of essays offer a number of experts on a vast spectrum of issues ranging from Noam Chomsky on news as propaganda and media as big business to Greenpeace cofounder Patrick Moore on environmental myths. You Are Being Lied To is enthusiastically recommended reading for students of history, politics, popular culture, media, education, science, environmental studies, and virtually all the major social issues of the day.
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