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Dissecting Antismokers' Brains Paperback – May 31, 2004
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One of the most definitive works to expose the truth behind this battle between personal freedom and the antismoker(s) -- Freedom-Of-Choice.com
Scientifically factual... well written... couldn't put it down. If there is one book to read this year, this is it. -- Journal of Theoretics, Feb/Mar 2004, Dr. Siepmann, Editor.
This book says what has been nagging all rational minds for nearly two decades. -- Indivsov.org, Robert Lundy
incredibly readable for the amount of information it has: you'll almost feel sometimes like you're reading a page-turning novel -- SmokersClub.com Newsletter, Samantha Phillipe, Editor
From the Publisher
Dissecting Antismokers' Brains is actually the polar opposite to that: Mr. McFadden, trained in statistics and propaganda analysis, rips apart the attack of the "Antismoking Crusade" on smokers by showing the weakness of their arguments and numbers, the deceit of their styles of argument, and the real psychological drives, sometimes quite neurotically based, that power some of the Crusade's leaders.
The author has succeeded in writing a book that is quite readable, funny at times, compelling in the path that it weaves through its chapters, and yet full of hard-based research and references to back up all the claims made. It will fill a niche that is currently almost empty for college courses seeking to analyze the social debate raging around smoking bans and professors search for literate and substantive material presenting "the other side" of the smoking debate; and it will also be well thumbed-through and discussed at local taverns on slow afternoons as bartenders and customers keep an eye out for the new breed of "Smoke Police" that now prowl some of our major cities.
Overall, other than some of the "Antismokers" analyzed in the book, few will be disappointed by "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains" and most will find it an unusually informative and enjoyable experience.
Top Customer Reviews
Thanks to Dissecting Antismokers' Brains I now feel totally vindicated and the sense of guilt from this pleasure is pretty much erased. The book is straight forward, thoughtful and well orgnaized. It states all the facts which are easily verified and when you are finished you find yourself wanting more.
When non-smokers read this book they, rightfully so, are outraged to discover that they have been used as pawns in a power stuggle by an elite group of people who are making millions from this. Factor in drug companies making millions from nicotine replacement products and most media outlets threatened with monetary loss if anything positive can be said about SHS and you have the biggest social lie of this generation.
What is happening right now in the free world is nothing short of criminal, akin to organized crime at it's best. Antismoking groups have no real evidence against SHS, just half-truths and outright lies through manipulation. This is racketeering on a world wide scale and most are unaware of this. The newly approved smoking treaty which just came into effect now holds third world countries as hostages who must comply or else. This is extortion and a violation of basic human rights!
We are all victims of these groups whose main goals are power and money but the biggest victims of all are our children. While money, time, media hype and other resources have been wasted on the BIG LIE the use of drugs and alcohol has sky rocketed in young people, STD rates continue to soar and poverty continues to rise.Read more ›
Covers both the science and politics of smoking bans. Made me wonder how much other stuff, I've always assumed was true might be flaky around the edges. The book doesn't try to say that smoking is good, just that the fanatics pushing the anti-smoking stuff are a bit off the wall.
This author separates the science and psychology and politics but he also shows how they get used together to frighten people more than necessary. I was surprised at how up-to-date this was. It was written almost ten years ago but it's like he's talking about the way things are right now with the smoking bans and the excuses for them.
AAA+ I'd give it more but I think long strings of A's look silly!
It was very timely for me as our city (Oshkosh, WI) has recently been pushed into a smoking ban due to a group of antismokers comprised of most of the nine personality types that you describe. Though I do not smoke, I find this threat upon our freedoms truly frightening. The website [...] summarizes this book more extensively with quotes and a more indepth analysis. If the general public knew about this book and how good it is, it would be on any best-seller list.
James P. Siepmann, MD, Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Theoretics
Overall his book is incredibly readable for the amount of information it packs into its 370 pages: you'll almost feel at times like you're reading a page-turning novel rather than a serious work of non-fiction aimed at a modern social problem. In an email exchange I had with him while writing this review, Mr. McFadden declared his belief that, if he could get copies of the book into every college course dealing with the social debate over smoking, and a copy sitting on the bar of every tavern threatened with a smoking ban, the outrage felt by those readers would provide the impetus needed to fight what has become a very powerful lobby.
After reading Dissecting Antismokers' Brains I think I would have to agree with the author on that point.
It took a whole year, but just last week the above smoke hater e-mailed me agreeing to a meeting with the bar owners AND said: "if this debate continues...I will soon be quoting and citing from McFadden's book". After he passed the ban I told him to send my book back or pay me the money for it, full price of course. He has now agreed to pay me for the book as well!
To anyone dealing with elected officials. GO ORDER THE BOOK!!! It was the best investment ever! I wish I would have read it long before I did. I still use if for reference. Save yourself a lot of time, spend the money, give it to your elected officials!!! This book is not just an effective weapon against the smoke haters...it is the BEST weapon
against them. Thanks Michael!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an incredibly ridiculous book. Take for example, one of the "lies" that the author documents:
"Antismokers claim that nonsmokers are being... Read more
McFadden's specialized knowledge in a field that few are aware of is presented in an engaging and non-partisan manner. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gary
A very dangerous book. Author is not able to confront the reality, he present it as he wishes to see it. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by april
I have some personal and professional experience with anti-smoking groups, as the founder of the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, creator of their American Spirit product, and as... Read morePublished on October 3, 2010 by Bill Drake
Every legitimate scientist on Earth knows that smoking cigarettes is very bad for people. Anyone who says different is flatly delusional. Read morePublished on September 13, 2010 by Alive
My only question is what do we believe? Are we to believe what we've been told on TV or what this guy says? Read morePublished on September 9, 2010 by Barb Brandon
I'm a nonsmoker but have read other stuff on this subject since my "significant other" smokes, and this book stands out as both having an unusual approach and having a lot of real... Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by Mara
A fascinating read, and an important book at a time when anti-smoking fanaticism is reaching a new level of hysteria, with a proposed ban on OUTDOOR smoking in parks and beaches... Read morePublished on November 8, 2009 by scribe
This book was a real find for me. At last - someone who challenges the junk science and the appeals to irrational fear that has characterized many campaigns against second-hand... Read morePublished on September 22, 2009 by R. Schultz