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You Are Being Lied To: The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths Paperback – April 1, 2001
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Containing expos?s on topics ranging from Columbus to Columbine, this collection of stimulating articles Disinformation Books' inaugural title challenges popular beliefs on the Big Bang and the depredations of hackers. Kick, author of Psychotropedia and a columnist for the Village Voice, has collected an impressive array of articles by such contributors as Sydney Schanberg of the New York Times, in which he asks why John McCain persistently blocks public disclosure of MIA files, and the lesser-known Jim Marrs, a Kennedy conspiracy zealot and freelance journalist who discusses missing data from historical tragedies, including the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations and the Lockerbie bombing. Do gay teens really constitute a suicidal risk group? Was Jesus a myth? The best articles will surely compel readers to pursue further reading; none should be accepted as exhaustive. Public libraries ought to invest in a copy to keep alongside other sources of skepticism; academic libraries will find the scholarship uneven but provocative. [You may obtain a free e-book copy of this title if you purchase the paperback from http://store.disinfor.com; the e-book may also be purchased separately for $8.85. Ed.] Robert C. Moore, ITworld.com, Southboro, M.
- Robert C. Moore, ITworld.com, Southboro, MA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"... a bargain ... well worth owning" -- Counterpoise, Vol. 5, No. 3/4
A beautiful new coffee-table book has come out from Disinformation: a compendium of anarchic, crazed, and politically radical writing. -- San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 28, 2001
For some of the most fascinating reading you'll find this year - or even this millennium - ... order this gem. -- Impact Weekly (Dayton, OH), April 19-25, 2001
It's...less radical than some extremist conspiracy theory books, yet that's something that makes the pieces all the more believable. -- Dazed & Confused, September 2001
Taken as a whole, this anthology represents an instruction manual in how to "read" the news. -- PW (Publishers Weekly)Daily, Book of the Day, Oct. 31, 2001
The only way you're going to find out what's really going on is to open up this 400 page compilation -- Vice Magazine, Volume 8 Number 5, The Summer Kids Issue
The shocking truth is not something you see every day, but this book knows exactly where to look. -- A&F Quarterly, Back To School Issue 2001
The writing is penetrating, uncompromising and pretty convincing... -- Philadelphia Weekly, April 11, 2001
This amazing, candid, and documented compilation of essays ... is enthusiastically recommended reading. -- Midwest Book Review - May 2001
To cut through the lies and manipulation of daily life, this is the place to start ... very highly recommended. -- Midwest Book Review's Internet Bookwatch, July 2001
Top customer reviews
I bought the book for its section on Christianity, which is quite informative, but most of it I had read elsewhere.
This book exposes (among many other things) the myth of religion (mostly about Christianity), the truth of US war crimes and the bloody foreign policy of the US, the cultural whitewashing in history textbooks, some myths of environmentalism, the child sexual abuse witch hunts, the distortions, fabrications, and suppression of the media, the power of large corporations and their subversive influence in the media , etc.
I found two (there probably are more) possible mistaken arguments in the book. One is the Nutrasweet scare - I believe that the threat of aspartame, while not yet certain, has been greatly exaggerated (not to say there might not be some threat however).
The other is the "Forbidden Archaeology" chapter - it seems to be very implausible and far-fetched, although I do not really know enough about it to question it.
Excellent book, with a few possible mistakes. Remember, this book encourages critical thinking - apply it not just to the mainstream media but this book also!