- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Plume; 9/29/13 edition (October 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452298202
- ISBN-13: 978-0452298200
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The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn't Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew Hardcover – October 29, 2013
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"In a sea of literary lies, finally a book that will tell you the truth about the things you need to know."—Sarah Silverman
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However, the book does not cite where they got this information from. They have no reference anywhere in the book. Here and there, they mention a study done by somebody that provides evidence for something they wrote about, but there is no concrete reference that one would expect from a book about facts.I don't think any of the cracked's authors of this book have expertise on any of the subjects discussed here. So, they have to compile the information from somewhere and the readers should have access to that.One might say that they trust crack to provide the information accurately but as a skeptical person, I would like to evaluate the accuracy case by case. Also, having a reference would help a reader if the reader wants to do further reading and research about the subject.
I didn't see anybody bring this subject up, so I thought I add this objection.
I won't be using anything I read in this book in a conversation or as advice in my daily routine until I can confirm it from independent sources. I hope all the readers of this book do the same.
I knew it was going to be mostly information from the website, but I was hoping they would have made each section a little longer. It seems that they truncated the original articles a little bit. I wish they would have added a little more information to expound on the stories more. I think there's a lot more on the website they could have added as well.
I like how it's made to look like a school textbook and kind of poking fun at that. That was a good decision. And there's some pictures added just for the book with new captions that are pretty funny. I liked that.
The biggest negative is the lack of sources. On the site, of course, there are embedded links throughout each article which you can use to see their sources. You can't have links in a real book, obviously, but I was surprised they didn't have footnotes or anything. You wouldn't think that would be a big deal, but I think a big draw of the book is that you can show it to others who might not read the site. I would love to give it as a gift, but without the sources it just sounds like a bunch of unfounded information used for comedy. It seems very non-credible, especially with the comedic tone.
Another big negative is that it doesn't have all the pictures with captions that the online articles have. I understand why using those wouldn't make much sense, but usually the funniest parts are from those picture captions and not having them really loses something. As I said, they do have some new pictures with captions but they are few and far between.
All that said, I really enjoyed reading the book and these types of articles are my favorite on cracked.
It's a joy to watch their heads pulling forward in disbelief and even more fun when you see them just lost into a different world. Some of the facts they present are disgusting but all are fascinating! It's the perfect entertainment book, especially if you want your table top books to deserve the place on the table!
It's definitely not for children without an adult but it is fun and it is filled with fun facts that you don't even feel the need to challenge - but do - everything they mention has a legitimate source.
A word of warning to those uninitiated to cracked...some people HATE Cracked. They either think it's the same as the old print magazine or maybe they just don't like the humor or whatever. I don't mean this as in you'll probably hate the book, no you'll probably enjoy it. I mean if you're driving in the car with someone on a long trip and you guys run out of things to talk about and you say some interesting fact you heard on Cracked like "I read on Cracked that Prostitution is technically legal in Antarctica." They'll immediately discount it as fake and be sure to let you know that you're stupid. So yeah keep it to yourself.