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- Print Length: 201 pages
- Publisher: Arcade (April 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004XQY34Q
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The Unofficial U.S. Census: Things the Official U.S. Census Doesn't Tell You About America Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Chris Smith is a writer and editor. His observations on history, technology, business, travel, health, and education have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and books for more than thirty years. He is the author of Three Things, an award-winning blog on editing and style. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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The purpose of this book "The Unofficial US Census" is for the reader to start to get a numerical understanding of your country and the people who live in it. We can't make decisions, or at least correct decisions unless we are dealing with some semblance of truth. This book helps you get at the truth.
The book is divided into 40 separate chapters compressed into 7 major sections. The sections are:
I) Let the Good Times Roll : How America Lives and Plays
II) Love, Sex, Family: Hooking Up and Shacking Up in America
III) Taking care of Business: What America Earns, Learns, and Gives
IV) Plugged In : Feeding our Digital Habit
V) Living and Dying: From Homeopathy to Homicide
VI) Misbehavin': States of Crime and Punishment
VII) What's On Our Minds : American's Beliefs and Opinions
Among the sections or 40 chapters, I found six particularly interesting, and I think they are worth jumping right into which includes:
* America's Reading Habits (page 56)
* Sex in Society (page 66)
* Income and Jobs (page 76)
* America's Net Worth (page 82)
* Living on Lies (page 104)
* Cheating to get Ahead (page 154)
The reason why I think you will love this book is because it is not dry. It simply is not boring. The authors take the time to display the facts they are trying to get across in very interesting ways. This results in an effort that is both entertaining and informative, and God only knows how boring statisticians can make numbers and so uninteresting, that the reader yearns for sleep. Let me give you an idea of what's in this book. Let's look at credit cards. According to the book the average American has $15,788 of debt. There are 609 millin credit cards in the United States. Each American has an average of 3.5 credit cards. There is $852 billion of revolving debt in this country with a total of $2.42 trillion of total US consumer debt. There is a 13% rate of default among credit card holders.
The book also included a list of celebrities and their income for the last year. Is any of this a surprise to you?
1) Oprah Winfrey $315 million
2) Tyler Perry $125 million
3) Tiger Woods $105 million
4) Steven Spielberg $100 million
5) Beyonce Knowles $87 million
If you want to know how often the average American has sex, or how much he earns, or how often she goes to church, and what his or her beliefs are, it's all here, and more. When you read a book like this, you realize that we are not simply entitled to our opinions, but that our opinions have to be based on something. That something should be the real facts that exist in an objective world, and not make believe Hollywood hocus pocus. A book like this enables us to achieve truth, as opposed to fantasy. It helps us know what is, rather than what we think is. My suggestion is that you pick up a copy and peruse it. You will have a new outlook on everything that you think is true, previously thought convictions will have to just slip away. Thank you for reading this review.