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"A wake-up call for women who have succumbed to a culture of mediocrity." ---Kirkus
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Lisa Bloom is an award-winning journalist, legal analyst, trial attorney, and the daughter of renowned women's rights attorney Gloria Allred. Lisa is currently the CBS News and the CNN Legal Analyst, appearing frequently on The Early Show, and on CNN and HLN prime-time shows. She is a regular legal expert on The Dr. Phil Show and has guest-hosted Larry King Live, The Early Show, and Showbiz Tonight. Lisa has published numerous popular and scholarly articles in The Los Angeles Times, Family Circle, the National Law Journal, and many more. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press; Reprint edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593157096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593157098
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book gave me a rude awakening. I found myself questioning the things I knew... Lisa was right. I could name more Kardashians (all of them) before I could name a correct level of government. I knew nothing of any world events. But I definitely knew about Brangelina, Speidi, etc. Throughout reading this book, my ears perked up, and I found myself reading something Lisa said and going to google it to find out how true it actually was! Haha! When I finished this book, I started reading her recommended books and I love them. They're not something I would EVER pick out for myself, but she suggested the right books to give me more information on topics I should probalby know more about. I should know what I'm eating instead of being ignorant as to how it got to my plate. I should know more about world events and what goes on in other countries, and it's lead me to writing to our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. It's sparked educated discussions with my husband, family and friends. THings I oculd have never talked about before. I would say this is the most awakening, real, and motivating book I've ever read. But it does mean taking a look at, and changing, some tough things I've accepted about myself for 25 years - celebrity media and start reading the newspaper.
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I enjoyed some aspects of this book, but question some of the premises. I will begin with what I got out of it, then move on to aspects that I believe bear more discussion, if not scrutiny.
First, some of the solutions were clever and very practical. "Cross-reading," that is, reading something you disagree with or is written from a viewpoint other than your own is terrific advice. I will try to pick up an occasional one of those. The book reads well, and I enjoyed her personal passages about her grandmother, mother and father. We'd all do well to think about the origins of our world view. Another major point we are in agreement over is that the media does not cover important issues adequately. The insipid and banal stories some mainstream news outlets serve up should make the editors blush.
The aspects I am not on board with follow: First, the breathless tone of some of the statements remind me of Wolf Blitzer jazzing you up with excitement with that piercing disaster-reporting tone. Usually after he has your ear, you realize he is talking about something quite mundane. Second, Bloom's statement about how only beautiful people get friends and get ahead in this society does not ring true to me. I just tossed the barely-used tube of lipstick I bought when I got married over thirty years ago. I don't wear makeup and am only dimly aware of current fashion. I have never lacked for friends or been passed over for a promotion. One should be clean and tidy, yes, but wear makeup and have plastic surgery? That is overstatement. Finally, I fail to see the harm in watching reality tv. It is not my cup of tea, but, like the weather, it gives afficionados something to discuss and therefore provides social lubrication.
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This book was not only captivating to read in one sitting, but it also had a lasting impact and has evolved my perspective on decisions I make in my own life and also the role I play in the collective. I am so grateful for the author taking a stand for the fullest expression of each woman by tapping into her powerful ability to think. Imagine a whole world of women who read this book and remembered the importance of tapping into their own ideas, big dreams, desires and finding the place where they want to use their gifts to make a positive impact in the world. Imagine all these powerful women rising up vs. being weak, uninformed and allowing themselves to be herded by modern media to buy this, not eat that and look like everyone else. Our world needs people to wake up and to innovate and this book is the perfect wake-up call for us all to reclaim the joy of life through our ability to use our mind. A great gift for any woman, any age.
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I thought this would be a good book to share with my 11 year old daughter -- to show her truly how to "Think in a Dumbed-Down World." In Ms. Bloom's 200 page book, she spends 100 pages talking about how dumb Americans are. Anyone who picks up this book already agrees with this thesis. She then painstakingly and repetitively details a myriad of examples of how truly dumb we are. Once again, agreed! But before the end of her explaining her thesis, I have learned more vapid information about Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan than I EVER wanted to know.

Then her solution -- READ -- which we do [I bought your book!]. And her solution if you don't have time to read: "don't do housework, cook simply, enforce bedtime..." Really!?! I spent $10 for this. I think the only person benefiting from this book is Ms. Bloom herself.

One of her rules is "if you find a book you don't like -- put it down!" That is exactly what I did. Also, I have never posted a review on Amazon and find myself doing so tonight to save all you other smart women and mothers from making the same mistake.
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