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Everything Is Bullshit: The greatest scams on Earth revealed Paperback – June 24, 2014
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"Everything is Bulls***" would be a much better book if it were to contrast current "Bulls***" to frauds that were overcome and and are no longer bought into. Such additions would make the book whole by suggesting a remedy to today's, well, "bulls***". Instead, the book panders to cynicism and is little more than a source for cocktail party chit-chat.
Another chapter that really shocked me was the college chapter. Apparently in a world where everything is bulls***, college isn't. The authors actually believe that the average college grad makes twice as much as anyone else. That's a lie that's been told and disproved again and again over the past 100 years, and I can't believe they fell for it. Here's how it works; let's say that a graduate class of 100 people goes on to make 30k a year even, across the board (Pretty unbelievable but let's pretend). So let's say one other guy in the class goes on to make a salary of 3 million. Well that bloke just doubled the average of the group! Now that university can go on saying that the average income of the grad class is 60k, when that just ain't so.
For a book that purports to take the cynical view, they are awfully optimistic sometimes.
The first chapters I got in my kindle sample were really good and that's why I got the book. Some other chapters are ok, but the majority of the pages are filled with meaningless tripe.
- a little more of framework towards the end to round it off to classify each of these myths into various categories (some of which I have attempted to describe below).
- a couple of pages of summary at the end of each example to explain the synopsis of the entire "bull s***" - creation, sustenance and risks to the myth - viz., why it can break ? for eg., "blood diamonds" could break the "a diamond is forever" myth. Much like the graph in page 225 on bicycle thefts.
- each of these examples is in a different stage of the "bull s***" cycle - some bull s***s have burst (experian), some are in mid life crisis ("diamonds") and some or slowly dying ("taxi medallions). it will help if you guys discern it and educate the reader as much and some like mcdonalds have been outsmarted by an insider ("uncle jerry").
In a gist, the book has some great examples but fails to round them off at the beginning and helping the reader place each example in context and why the phenomonen is happening.
Overall, a good read for anyone who wants to know the economics of a few "self perpetuating myths". I've always loved the pricenomics blog and have learnt a lot from it.
Only I would request the authors to start identifying patterns, lessons and inferences from the wonderful panoramic view they have been fortunate to have on these various "bulls***" events around the world.
What I loved:
- The writing really sparkles with personality and made it so enjoyable to read, even while stuck on a cramped commuter train.
- The authors write extraordinarily clearly, but also respect the reader's intelligence. Strikes that perfect balance. Rare quality.
- The topics are just so on point and shatter so many misconceptions that have been waiting to be shattered in convincing manner.
Areas for improvement (undoubtedly when the sequel comes out):
- Each essay sits in a particular chapter/subcategory, but I wish there had a been a subtle sort of narrative voice tying and linking all of them together to keep reminding the reader why this is important to daily life.
All in all, an outstanding book that is the perfect companion to Steve Levitt/Dubner's latest title Think Like a Freak. They pair very well. A book that you could read over and over again and still find it awesome.
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This book is awesome. A lot of typos for some reason lol but really well written and interestingPublished 1 month ago by karri
Nothing particularly new here; these "scams" have been all around the Internet for a while now. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Freakonomics wannabe without the bite. better titled Mehconomics.Published 6 months ago by Aaron Blue
It's simple folks - It's Bulls*** ! Don't pay to read Bulls***, you have to listen to enough free Bulls*** in your life everyday already !! Read morePublished 11 months ago by relgee
This book is full of cool, counter-intuitive articles. I found it very enjoyable to read.Published 11 months ago by David Abramson
While I ended up skimming some chapters that didn't interest me, I found this book to be a good read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by TravellingCari
What's interesting about this book is it shows how we sleep walk our way through many of the contradictions in our world without questioning them. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joseph Crisara