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Untruth : Why the Conventional Wisdom is (Almost Always) Wrong Paperback – March 6, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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"Untruth is the first collection of Samuelson's insightful assaults on the conventional wisdom. Included are columns arguing that campaign contributions have not corrupted politics, that the "service economy" is not turning America into a nation of hamburger flippers, and that the Internet isn't the most important invention since the printing press.
Top Customer Reviews
I agree with what George Will said about the author: "Samuelson needs Secret Service protection ... If we lose him, we're sunk."
Sameulson's essays all ring true. He is one of the few national journalists I'm familiar with who actually possesses a "healthy skepticism." He not only routinely questions and challenges the "conventional wisdom" he shows us the negative and costly consequences of basing policy decisions on fraudulent but generally accepted premises.
The author's last column is a tribute to the college professor who had the greatest impact on Samuelson's life. This professor taught Samuelson to think about old things in new ways and not to be afraid to come up with independent thoughts. To Samuelson, this was a great gift. Mr. Samuelson has helped pass along the same gift to this humble and grateful reviewer.
P.S. This book should be required reading for every journalist, editor, issue advocate and politician. It tells us why they know not what they do ...
Economic ideas are powerful. They are infinitely more forceful in the hands of true scholars (Friedman "Free to Choose" and Becker "The Economics of Life") and infintely more interesting when presented in an innovative style (as in Russell Roberts' love story, "The Invisible Heart"). I would recommend all these books way before Samuelson's; but most people will not be able stomach even three such books.
Come to think of it, I should have expected no more from a Newsweek columnist.