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    Tango in the Night
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    Thanks to the long shadow cast by the group's blockbuster Rumours, this 1987 effort was inevitably regarded as something of a letdown. That's too bad, since it's an underrated set that contains plenty of inventively catchy tunes, with a quirky sonic edge that gives the songs added sonic and emotional depth. Lindsey Buckingham's eccentric, vaguely menacing "Big Love" is a standout, as is Christine McVie's brightly bittersweet "Little Lies," along with such dark-horse winners as "Seven Wonders," "Caroline," "Mystified," and Stevie Nicks's typically mystical "Welcome to the Room ... Sara." --Scott Schinder ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars This is the "classic" lineup's weakest effort
    For my money, even though there have been some very good Mac albums before Nicks and Buckingham joined, the years between the "white album" (1975's Fleetwood Mac) and this one comprised their finest hours. On this CD, the magic is running out. There are fewer solid gems, more workmanlike average tunes, and a few outright clunkers.

    The hits here are "Seven Wonders","Big Love", "Everywhere" and "Little Lies". Of the four, Stevie Nicks' "Seven Wonders" is the most lackluster. It's pleasant, but it doesn't really stick with you. Christine McVie's resignation to a phony love affair in "Little Lies" as well as the full blush of infatuation in "Everywhere" fare best. Lindsey's "Big Love" is surprisingly "commercial" for him, but it's also kind of bland.

    Of the album tracks, Lindsey's "Family Man" is a catchy cut (seemingly a "we're all in the brotherhood of man" theme) with some nice flamenco styled guitar although a bit overlong. "Isn't it Midnight" probably SHOULD have been a hit. "You and I, Part II" has a calypso-ish melody and a similar theme to "Little Lies".

    On the downside, Christine and Lindsey's "Mystified" is so lowkey, it's faceless. "Welcome to the Room,Sara" is too obtuse to connect with most listeners (apparently it's supposed to be about a stay in drug rehab) and "Caroline" and "Tango in the Night" just never fully grab me.

    You'll want to have this if you're a Mac fan but you'll probably play it less than others. If you just like the radio singles, you're probably better off not buying this one and just getting "Greatest Hits".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Muy Bien!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Woh I just discovered this

    I love track 7 its like my favorite song know!!!!!!!!

    Tell me sweet little lies...

    I only love 2 songs on here but still...

    3-0 out of 5 stars Less Experimental, but a Solid Effort.
    Following 1982's release of "Mirage", the core members of Fleetwood Mac would take a hiatus.This would be a hiatus that would about five years in which during this time many of the members would explore solo efforts.One did not know what to expect when the band would reconvene for their fifth studio album with the current lineup. The two follow-up albums that followed the mega-album "Rumours" had failed to recapture the magic of that album. The first follow-up, "Tusk" was an experimental effort and didn't have the commercial success.The second album, "Mirage" still had some experimentation, but still didn't have the emotion (or commercial success) of "Rumours".While "Tango in the Night", still doesn't measure up to the emotions that surrounded "Rumours", it does provide a fresh perspective to the core members of the band. It would also be the last studio album for the core members of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood as Buckingham would depart the band to pursue his own solo career.

    While "Mirage" did have its moments and continued to show an experimental side to Fleetwood Mac (i.e. Retro style songs, a Country-Western feel), one problem it had was that outside songwriters were brought in collaborate with the core members.For Mirage. although either Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, or Christine McVie had a songwriting credit, many of the songs were co-written with outsiders. While the use of outsiders may have contributed to some of the innovative experimentation, it did take away from the emotion. On "Tango", the use of collaborating with the outside songwriters is a lot less.Only three songs are collaborations:"Seven Wonders" (Stevie Nicks with Sandy Stewart), "Little Lies" (Christine McVie with Eddy Quintela) and "Family Man" (Lindsey Buckingham with Richard Dashut). Another point on "Mirage" was that Buckingham, Nicks, and McVie would do no songwriting between each other.The good news is on "Tango in the Night", there are collaborations with Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham ("Mystified", "Isn't It Midnight", and "You and I Part II"). Perhaps less of the use of outsiders is why "Tango in the Night" is a lot less experimental, but the good news is that the effort of "Tango in the Night" more fresh and a lot less forced than "Mirage".

    On "Tango", I do think the Lindsey Buckingham tunes that feature Lindsey on lead vocals and have him as the primary songwriter are the weakest.It might seem like I'm picking on Lindsey on this album, but I think Lindsey's strength is in his guitar work and background vocals - not his lead vocals or songwriting. This is an album where Stevie Nicks really shines.

    Here is a song by song review of this album:

    "Big Love" is the opening track and a Lindsey Buckingham track in terms of songwriting and vocals. I'm not a big fan of this track and think its very overrated for a Fleetwood Mac tune.However, it was the first song released from "Tango" and helped solidfy Fleetwood Mac's comeback.I also don't like the background vocals.

    "Seven Wonders" is probably the strongest track of the album.This is a Stevie Nicks track as she co-wrote the song and has lead vocals.Stevie draws a parallel between the Seven Wonders of the World and a relationship.Perhaps the person with the "intensity" she is referring to is Lindsey Buckingham?Usually a Stevie tune has great Lindsey Buckingham background vocals and although they are on this track - it's Christine's background vocals that shine.

    "Everywhere" is a Christine McVie track in terms of songwriting and vocals.Good bass work by John McVie on this song.This is another solid song - Stevie and Lindsey do a great job on background vocals.

    "Caroline" is a Lindsey Buckingham track in terms of songwriting and vocal.It's a weak track, but the intro does take you back to the "Tusk" days with some good Mick Fleetwood percussion.

    "Tango in the Night" has a slight "Tango" music feel to it. It's another Lindsey track.It probably is the weakest song of the collection.Other than the "Tango" feel, it doesn't do much for me.

    "Mystified" is a McVie/Buckingham track.Christine handles the lion's share of the vocals.Still not one of my favorite tracks - but it does have some nice harmonies.

    "Little Lies" was probably one of the biggest hits off the album.Great melody and beat to this song.This is a complete effort by the band - from Christine's vocals and keyboards,to Lindsey's guitar work, Stevie's background harmonies, John McVie's bass, and Mick Fleetwood's drumming.

    "Family Man" is another Lindsey song and it doesn't impress.

    "Welcome to the Room...Sara" is a Stevie Nicks track.In this song, you hear the classic Lindsey Buckingham background vocals that Stevie almost always seems to be able to blend in.Great lyrics as well.

    "Isn't' it Midnight" is another underrated track. It's a Christine track and has a very 80s beat to it.The song has a lot of intensity and some very good music to it.

    "When I See You Again" is anothe Stevie Nicks track.It has a slower beat to it.Stevie has some powerful vocals to support the lyrics.Once again Stevie blends Lindsey's vocals in beautifully.

    "You and I Part II" is another solid track - in some ways takes you back to the sound from "Rumours".This is a track where Lindsey does a good job on lead vocals.

    The liner notes include all of the lyrics and songwriting credits.The production credits are also listed. Despite some of the shortcomings, I do think this is a pretty good effort by Fleetwood Mac and might be the second strongest of the five studio albums done by the core members from 1975 through 1987. This is an album that should keep both the Fleetwood Mac fan happy as well as the fan looking to build a Fleetwood Mac collection. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Album Rock    3. Pop    4. Pop/Rock    5. Rock    6. Soft Rock   


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    Hold Me Now
    Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 February, 2000)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars We've heard it all before
    Don't waste your time with this CD.If you love the Thompson Twins, you won't find anything new here.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Only for the die-hard fans...
    This 10 track compilation is ALMOST a waste of time.Luckily, there are 3 very-hard-to-find-on-CD instrumentals included -- "Beach Culture" (an original), "Let Loving Start" (B-side of "Hold Me Now"), and "Love on Your Back" (B-side of "Love on Your Side").The other 7 songs are tracks found on any Greatest Hits' album... including the superior "Love, Lies, and Other Strange Things" compilation.

    Unless you are a die-hard fan of the Twins... this one is probably not for you.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Stay away from this one!
    This has got to be the lowest any record company has ever gone to make a buck.As a Thompson Twins fan that I am, when I heard this came out, I instantly ordered it.When it arrived, I was thrilled to read on thecover:INCLUDING THE HITS, HOLD ME NOW, LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME, LOVE ON YOURSIDE, LOVE ON YOUR BACK, AND MORE! Yes, Love on Your Back! Couldit be a new song? A previously unreleased B side?I flipped the cd overand was even more surprised when I read the full contents of it and did notrecognize another song tittle: LET LOVING START.I felt like I was holdinga prize posession!I hurried to put it in and press play.To my endlessdisapointment,Let Loving Start is Hold Me Now in slow rotation. Impossible to listen to from start to end.I fast forwarded it to see ifit could be true and it was.I then discovered that Love on Your Back is aremixed instrumental version of Love on Your Side equally impossible tolisten to.What a SCAM! Being the die hard fan that I am, the onlygood thing I found was the track Beach Culture.A hard to findinstrumental track from the TT early days.The other seven songs are thesame ones in every other TT best hits compillation.Tom Bailey would sewif he could! ... Read more

    Asin: B00004OCRH
    Sales Rank: 258066
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Sex, Lies, and Headlocks : The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation
    by SHAUN ASSAEL, MIKE MOONEYHAM
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (16 July, 2002)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Too many wrong facts
    This book had way too many glaring inconsistancies. Some of the facts were intriguing, but many of them were wrong, or explained in the wrong time period. I am a huge wrestling fan, and have heard many of the stories presented in the book over the years. The authors get too many facts wrong, making me believe that even the intriguing facts I didn't know about could be wrong. Overall, you'd be better going somewhere else to find your pro wrestling dirt, because this book will just end up confusing you.

    4-0 out of 5 stars "Sex, Lies, & Headlocks" Review
    Shaun Assael and Mike Mooneyham pull no punches in this no-holds-barred exploration of Vincent Kennedy McMahon and his billion-dollar empire, the World Wrestling Federation (now known as "WWE"). "Sex, Lies, & Headlocks" tells some rather interesting behind-the-scenes stories from the days of the Monday Night Wars where McMahon's World Wrestling Federation went up against the Turned-owned WCW run by Eric Bischoff. It goes into in-depth detail about the steroid scandal, the Montreal screwjob, the defection of Scott Hall & Kevin Nash to WCW, and just about every other major happening in pro wrestling during the 90's. Of course, a lot of the book is based on rumors and heresay so you may want to take it all with a grain of salt. Whether it's fact or fiction, "Headlocks" is an entertaining read for any diehard wrestling fan.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Big Book of Lies
    As other reviews have noted, this book is not a tell all on Vince McMahon.It is more of a history of pro-wrestling, but Vince was the last man standing when the book went to press.The authors don't seem to think much of pro-wrestling, as they belittle it throughout the book.They also did little to no research while writing it.Definitely not worth your time...Be aware! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0609606905
    Sales Rank: 168069
    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography/Autobiography    3. McMahon, Vince    4. Sports & Recreation    5. Sports - General    6. Sports Economics    7. United States    8. World Wrestling Federation    9. Wrestlers    10. Wrestling    11. Sports & Recreation / Wrestling   


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    Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right
    by ANN COULTER
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (25 June, 2002)
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    "Liberals have been wrong about everything in the last half century," writes conservative pundit Ann Coulter, author of the bestselling anti-Clinton tome High Crimes and Misdemeanors. They've been especially wrong about Republicans, she writes. The bulk of Slander, in fact, is a well-documented brief dedicated to the proposition that most of the media despises anybody whose political opinions lie an inch to the right of the New York Times editorial page. This is hardly an original observation, though few have presented it with such verve. Coulter is the shock-jock of right-wing political commentary, able to dash off page after page of over-the-top but hilarious one-liners: "Liberals dispute slight reductions in the marginal tax rates as if they are trying to prevent Charles Manson from slaughtering baby seals." There's a certain amount of irony about an author who says "liberals prefer invective to engagement" also declaring, "The good part of being a Democrat is that you can commit crimes, sell out your base, bomb foreigners, and rape women, and the Democratic faithful will still think you're the greatest." But then carefully measured criticism never has been Coulter's shtick--or her appeal. Fans of Rush Limbaugh and admirers of Bernard Goldberg's Bias won't want to miss Slander. --John Miller ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Lady Ann Rocks
    Clever and extremely funny.

    She has well a thought out, well researched, stinging tongue.
    Her critiques are as expected from a top law school graduate and a keen conservative.

    I sure would like to see anyone try to debunk her research.

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    2-0 out of 5 stars A Clashing Cymbol
    As a conservative, I would have appreciated just the facts without her inane packaging.I too share the belief that liberals should be sidelined.Nonetheless, I would hope that I would have more respect for the reader to make up his own mind and hold my conclusions until the climatic ending.No such luck here.This is the second time I picked up the book as Coulter is important, but having set the book down a second time makes me question her continued importance on the scene.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ann, More Roundhouses Please.
    This is Ann Coulter's finest book.It lacks the gratuitous venom of Treason and is on point the entire time.Unlike How to Talk to a Liberal, there is a coherent theme here and not simply a rehash of old material.Slander is fresh and courageous and that's why it sold millions of copies.Much is made of her demeaning attitude towards her enemies, well, it certainly is true that she showers them with abuse and attitude, but what about when those of us on the right are called fascists, racists, sexists, or religious fanatics every time we open our mouths?What many who criticize her don't understand is the fact that she always analyzes their arguments and defeats them before making insults.However, concerning these verbal abuses, they are often witty and hilarious.One of my favorite lines is when Coulter refers to Hollywood Starlets who denigrate Phyllis Schlafly that they "couldn't approach Schlafly's IQ if they were having brains instead of silicone injected."Although, some of it is rather profound such as when she states, "A central component of liberal hate speech is to make paranoid accusations based on their own neurotic influences."Quite right Ann, battle on--for us all. This is a wonderful book and was the pinnacle of her career if you ask me. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1400046610
    Subjects:  1. History & Theory - General    2. Liberalism    3. Mass media    4. Political Process - General    5. Political Process - Political Parties    6. Political Science    7. Political aspects    8. Politics - Current Events    9. Politics/International Relations    10. United States    11. Political Science / Political Parties   


    Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
    by James W. Loewen
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (03 September, 1996)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Treat to Read
    A nice critique on american educational history and the lies distortions and falsifications that are inherent in the pages of our childrens history books. The author makes no bones about it, history taught as it currently is, is boring, over-simplified, mostly always with a happy go lucky ending of events. The real object was to, of course make those on top appear better, more knowlegeable than the evidence shows...Loewan does a good job with correcting some of the distortions and at the same time he offers suggestions on how to improve the teaching of the subject,by replacing misrepresented history with historical information more closely aligned with the truth is a first step. No wonder revisionist history is so popular, it is so much fun discoveringthat everyone contributed to the planet!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very worth reading...I promise you will learn something new
    Many other reviewers have complained about the author's bias in the book.And it is quite true that Loewen has strong leftist leanings and that these leanings come through.

    It's still an excellent book, because even though his opinions are present, his complaints about the books and his suggestions for improving them are all based in fact.He footnotes everything and references respectable sources.You might disagree with his opinions, but his facts are well-argued and persuasive.You may or may not agree with his leanings, but amongst his opinions are a lot more facts, and those facts clearly indicate serious problems with our history curriculum.

    If the history curriculum literally lies or seriously deceives (for example, saying the US government "challenged" someone whom we actually assassinated), that's a problem, no matter what political leanings you may have.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but filled with an almost Marxist ideology
    This book is informative, well written and well researched. It is a refreshing perspective on American history. However, the Lowen seems to be trying very hard to imbue us with his left-wing views. Much of his analysis and many of his conclusions are a major stretch from the facts, to the point where his interpretations are quite annoying. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0684818868
    Sales Rank: 319
    Subjects:  1. Historiography    2. History    3. History - General History    4. History: American    5. Indians of North America in te    6. Indians of North America in textbooks    7. Study & Teaching    8. Textbooks    9. Thanksgiving Day in textbooks    10. United States    11. United States - General    12. United States History (General)    13. Education / General   


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    Truth, Lies and Advertising : The Art of Account Planning
    by JonSteel
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (20 February, 1998)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction But Too Consumer Focussed
    Without a doubt, this is the difinitive book on the art of account planning. Having been an account planner myself, I can assure you that no other book comes close in terms of providing 1) an overview of the discipline 2) a realistic account of how planning functions in everday situations within the agency 3) is done in an extremely readable and clear format unlike many other advertising strategy/research books which are more strategic textbook. Steel's book reads like a biography which is a testiment to his skill as a writer and as a planner.

    However, I do have a few issues with this book in that it places too much emphasis on the power of the consumer in the planning process. I have known many non-planners who have read this book and come away with the idea that everything the consumer says and does is the word of God and planning is nothing more than a glorified consumer tape recorder. This in turn makes the planner's job more difficult in some respects as they in turn must justify all of their work with,"the consumer said this." Often, agency personal new to planning desperately want to strictly classify this multi-faceted discipline and often put it in in a smaller box (consumer) than it is suited for (incidentally, this often says something about the quality or lack thereof of those who you are working with).

    The reality (for me anyway) is that account planning encompases many different skills and functions of which listening and interpreting what the consumer says is just one. Consumers are only a rear view mirror in that they can tell you what happened in the past but cannot predict the future. They are also extremely literal and what they say is not always what they mean or feel which is why instinct (a dirty word in many advertising circles) is so essential. Many great brands and briefs utliize a strong point of view rather than direct and literal consumer insight which is counter to the case studies that Steel uses to explain the 'planning process.'

    Overall, this is an excellent 'introduction' into account planning. In a sense, the dilema that this book creates though, is also why planning is such a wonderful discipline. A planner's job cannot be easily classified in a sentence because there are so many diverse skills required of a first-rate planner.

    5-0 out of 5 stars HighlyRecommended!
    Successful ad campaigns are not linear developments where a business need meshes straightforwardly with an effective creative approach and actually produces successful tangible results. Instead, building memorable, provocative advertising campaigns is such a complex, political task, both rational and emotional, that a successful campaign is a wonder. Veteran advertising expert Jon Steel contends that building a good campaign is the common sense responsibility of the account planner - the new nexus of the consumer, agency creative staff, client and researchers. Steel shows the pitfalls of misguided research and creative arrogance as he explains that a good business-oriented account planner can help produce wonderfully effective, often simple, ad campaigns. His witty, erudite book concludes with its best case study: a look inside the successful "Got Milk" campaign for the California milk industry. We recommend this book to those who buy and sell advertising and to anyone working at an ad agency.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on account planning we've seen yet.
    Another Outsource Marketing firm favorite!

    A great book about communication planning written by Jon Steel, the Brit who heads account planning for Goodby Silverstein & Partners. Steel and his agency are best known for developing the "got milk?" campaign.

    Truth, Lies & Advertising describes the process of gathering consumer insights and turning them into potent communications.

    It offers great advice about developing advertising objectives, using consumer research, and working with creative people.

    Steel writes with enthusiasm and sympathy for the creative process, but he's also savvy about business realities and committed to results.

    If you've ever struggled to reconcile the art of creative with the science of business, this book should interest you. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0471189626
    Sales Rank: 16791
    Subjects:  1. Advertising    2. Advertising & Promotion    3. Advertising agencies    4. Advertising campaigns    5. Business & Economics    6. Business / Economics / Finance    7. Business/Economics    8. Customer services    9. Marketing    10. Planning    11. United States    12. Business & Economics / Advertising & Promotion    13. Sales & marketing management   


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    Tell Me Lies (Tell Me Lies)
    by Jennifer Crusie
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Mass Market Paperback (15 March, 1999)
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    If you think small-town life can be boring--think again. There are complex social rules: there are certain people with whom you fraternize and those you don't, and, of course, there is the all-powerful gossip. Everyone knows everything about everyone else. Don't they? That's what Maddie Farraday thinks until she finds a pair of black crotchless panties in her husband's car that don't belong to her. That's it; Maddie's had it. She's ready for change, and the first thing she's going to do is divorce her no-good, philandering husband Brent. But then everything goes haywire: Brent turns up dead, Maddie's daughter wants a dog, her best friend is suddenly acting very strange, and Maddie's secret boyhood crush, bad boy C. L. Sturgis, arrives in town after a 20-year hiatus--and he's as sexy as ever. You may laugh out loud at the wild and crazy antics in Jennifer Crusie's exceptional novel, but you'll exclaim with delight over the sizzling, dynamic, passionate affair between Maddie and her first love, C. L. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Anything she writes is golden
    Love Jen Crusie, all of her books have been great

    5-0 out of 5 stars Way to go again, Crusie!
    This was a fun and exciting read! I have yet to be disappointed in a Crusie novel. Although some parts were of a very serious nature, Crusie has a way of making you still laugh out loud! Great book from start to finish. You will never be able to guess who the murderer is, but it is fun trying to figure it out! You have just gotta read this book! It will make you a die hard Crusie fan forever!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Way to go AGAIN, Crusie!
    This was a fun and exciting read! I have yet to be disappointed in a Crusie novel. Although some parts were of a very serious nature, Crusie has a way of making you still laugh out loud! Great book from start to finish. You will never be able to guess who the murderer is, but it is fun trying to figure it out! You have just gotta read this book! It will make you a die hard Crusie fan forever! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0312966806
    Subjects:  1. Fiction - General    2. Humorous    3. Mystery & Detective - General    4. Romance - Contemporary    5. Romance: Modern    6. Fiction / General   


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    Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World
    by Bruce Schneier
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (14 August, 2000)
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    Whom can you trust? Try Bruce Schneier, whose rare gift for common sensemakes his book Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World bothenlightening and practical. He's worked in cryptography and electronic securityfor years, and has reached the depressing conclusion that even the loveliestcode and toughest hardware still will yield to attackers who exploit humanweaknesses in the users. The book is neatly divided into three parts, coveringthe turn-of-the-century landscape of systems and threats, the technologies usedto protect and intercept data, and strategies for proper implementation ofsecurity systems. Moving away from blind faith in prevention, Schneier advocatesswift detection and response to an attack, while maintaining firewalls andother gateways to keep out the amateurs.

    Newcomers to the world of Schneier will be surprised at how funny he can be,especially given a subject commonly perceived as quiet and dull. Whether he'sanalyzing the security issues of the rebels and the Death Star in StarWars or poking fun at the giant software and e-commerce companies thatconsistently sacrifice security for sexier features, he's one of the few techwriters who can provoke laughter consistently. While moderately pessimistic onthe future of systems vulnerability, he goes on to relieve the reader's tensionby comparing our electronic world to the equally insecure paper world we'veendured for centuries--a little smart-card fraud doesn't seem so bad after all.Despite his unfortunate (but brief) shill for his consulting company in thebook's afterword, you can trust Schneier to dish the dirt in Secrets andLies. --Rob Lightner ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Book stradles both worlds: academia and corporate world ...
    of IT Security.

    While Bruce Schneider rehashes old ideas discussed in his other IT Sec books, this read is well organized, with lots of practical examples and quite thorough in his extensive coverage of all security measures.

    The best thing about this book is how the presentation of various IT Security measures makes the reader aware of how imporatnt security policies are and what the important aspects of security management are.This read is definitely beneficial for IT and Security managers.

    When reading this book I could not help but get annoyed with how verbose this book is.One could easily eliminate various paragraphs and still maintain the integrity of the books message.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great perspective on cybersecurity
    As a graduate student in computer science, I can attest that the book is technically accurate with light-to-modereate depth.Bruce Schneier's use of real-life examples (along with a salting of imagined scenarios) and just good plain sense allows him the freedom to provide sufficient detail for the informed reader without ailienating newcomers.This is a great book for anyone interested in putting digital security in perspective from the owner of a company to an academic researcher.The narrative is witty and entertaining, while still being informative, although some people may find him a little condescending at times.

    The most interesting part of the book for me was Part I: The Landscape, where Schneier describes security threats in general.My only real criticism is that the book felt repeatative towards then end; the examples were refreshing and informative at the beginning, but were old news by the end of the book.A more condensed version would be suitable for most people.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good, but with some caveats
    I finished the entire Bruce Schneier book "Secrets and Lies". I thought it was excellent but also I think it suffers from some very deep flaws.

    1) While Schneier goes a long way to prove his point that open-source, non-proprietary software is, in general, more secure than closed-source, proprietary software, he fails to consider critical differences between types of open-source projects. All open-source, in other words, is not created equal. There are critical distinctions between the open-source projects undertaken by ANSI or other standards-making bodies and the open-source world of projects like, say, linux.

    Under ANSI, standards are created by a consortium of business, government and industry bodies, usually employing the top people in the business. This consortium is structured like a giant software company designing a proprietary product, with all the checks and balances, redundancies, code testing, spec designs, etc. ANSI then asks for feedback from the entire user community, with the whole process from specs to product often taking years. Contrast this with the world of nobodies and semi-somebodies that often lead open-source linux and other projects like Mozilla. Such projects are more or less led by hobbyists in an ad-hoc fashion since the resources to do proprietary-style software development are not there.

    The question is how much of open-source linux's reputation is riding on the reputation of open-source ANSI? How often is the quality between the two confused?

    2) Schneier fails to fully consider problems with his suggestion that insurance companies market liability insurance to handle the cost of security breaches. They know the risk business, he claims, and, therefore, they are in a position to estimate the risks of such security. A laudable idea, except what happens if insurance companies know their business well enough not to provide any coverage at all? There is, in fact, a historical analogy: vaccines.

    In 1976, an unusual epidemic of "swine flu" occurred at Fort Dix. The federal government decided to vaccinate the entire country. The Congressional Budget Office predicted that, with 45 million Americans inoculated, there would be 4,500 injury claims and 90 damage awards, totaling $2 million. Despite these statistics, insurance companies refused to participate. Amid denunciations of corporate greed, Congress decided to provide the insurance.

    It turned out that the CBO was about half right. A total of 4,169 damage claims were filed. However, not 90 but more than 700 lawsuits were successful and the total bill to Congress came to $100 million, 50 times their initial estimate. Insurance companies knew their business well.

    The point that Schneier needs to understand is the concept of "strict liability" that has replaced the older concept of "negligence." Under negligence, a plaintiff had to prove intent or fault. Under strict liability, a plaintiff does not. In effect, the theory says that damage has occurred and that someone has to pay. How does a cyberspace security company insure itself under such circumstances, at least at a premium that is not the value of the entire company? It cannot and like most of the vaccine business, such cyber security companies would simply leave the market.

    3) Equally silly are some of the analogies Schneier uses to describe the state of the software industry and his laments about the lack of institutions to enforce solutions: "Skyscraper 1.0 collapses, but we will get it right in Skyscraper Version 1.1" or "a defective automobile gets recalled, but no one recalls software" or "we have the FDA, the UL or other institutions but nothing similar for software."

    A skyscraper collapsing is not an example of a security problem. It is an example of a functionality problem. A skyscraper collapsing because a plane crashed into it is an example of a security problem. A skyscraper collapsing on its own means someone did not pay enough attention in architecture school: not enough schooling in statics or finite element analysis. But no amount of schooling could anticipate a plane crashing into a building, let alone prevent a collapse...unless an architectural equivalent of the Multics operating system were erected with all the functionality problems that such a building would have.

    The same is true for automobiles. A car running off the road because the brakes stop working or the accelerator sticks is an example of a functionality problem. A car running off the road because another car hits it is an example of a security problem. And no amount of engineering is going to prevent an accident (or car thefts, for that matter.)

    It is just as pointless to expect regulations or some third-party government body to handle this problem. Product recalls, Underwriters Laboratories and the FDA all deal with functionality problems, not security problems. Even safety issues, which could be likened to protecting valuable assets (just like security), deal primarily with functionality (recalling a car because the engine computer could shut down your engine while driving is a functionality problem while an engine computer susceptible to some device that opens your doors is a security problem; making sure a drug's side effects don't kill you is a functionality problem while making sure the packaging is tamper-evident is a security problem).

    This should be obvious to Bruce since he himself admits that security testing is impossible, so what good is some outside regulator going to do, except institutionalize low standards? Automobile crash tests are one notorious example. Car manufacturers make a big deal out of them but what do they really test? An offset test, where half the front portion of a car is smashed against a heavy steel block just tells us how a car would behave if smashed into a heavy steel block. Specifically, since the mass of the block is greater than the car, the test simply measures how the cars structure reacts to the force generated by that car's own mass and acceleration. It tells us nothing about how it would react if, say, hit with a similar mass accelerated at the same rate as the approaching auto (presumably, it would do a lot worse).

    Ironically, government crash test ratings seem to operate under the same theory as the Orange Book. A Windows machine can get a C2 rating...as long as it doesn't have a floppy drive and is not networked. Similarly, a Honda Prius can get a government five-star crash-test rating...as long as it doesn't get hit by a 4,500 pound Lincoln Town Car or a 6,000 pound Cadillac Escalade. Can the government guarantee that such cars are not going to share the streets with a Prius?

    4) The most glaring problem in Schneier's book, however, is something that I call the "craft mentality." When I worked at Encyclopedia Britannica as a research analyst, I noticed that an inordinate amount of time and effort was spent by the management staff trying to preserve the quality of the research Britannica was putting into its products. Less time was spent trying to figure out how to price the products to capture the value of that research, or even trying to determine if that quality was evident or useful to the user (Articles on "Calculus", for example, were written by mathematicians and looked like they were taken out of graduate textbooks, obviously incomprehensible to the average user). Even in the face of hemorrhaging money, management still insisted on maintaining the standard...until they were replaced. In Britannica's case, research analysis was treated as a craft that needed to be preserved, even if that craft got in the way of selling encyclopedias.

    Schneier's book suffers from the same problem. There appears to be an underlying need to preserve and pursue security research, security knowledge and other related academic disciplines...to preserve and pursue the basic "craft" to which security reduces. The problem is at what point does the practice of security as a craft interfere with real security? To put it another way, how is it possible to have even rudimentary risk management of cyber space if everyone, including academics, has an unlimited right to know?

    We are in the situation of zero-day exploits, script-kiddies, malware, viruses and other problems precisely because of the craft mentality.

    Consider the old model of submitting known vulnerabilities to CERT, which would then propagate that information to the industries involved. This process was slow and cumbersome and did not result in the security (i.e. craft) improvements that the submitting parties wanted. In the hopes that it would stir security (i.e. craft) improvements, the vulnerabilities were announced to the world, to be done with as anyone pleased.

    Plenty of reasons are given for doing this...all of them specious. Claiming that the initial vulnerability is a problem is pointless if security vulnerabilities are ubiquitous, impossible to prevent, and even impossible to test. Improvements can be made, but true or perfect security is impossible. Claiming that the truly bad guys already know the vulnerabilities so it doesn't matter if everyone knows is equally pointless. No one really knows if the bad guys know the vulnerabilities. It is merely conjectured that they probably do. And the probability of the bad guys knowing is far more secure than the certainty of the bad guys knowing once the vulnerabilities are announced to the world (Imagine a national security agency with this attitude. All the other really bad national security agencies know, so it does not matter if everyone knows. Gee...that works). Claiming to be for publishing vulnerabilities while being against building exploits is pointless if public knowledge of those vulnerabilities leads to the building of the exploits. It is a distinction without a difference. Claiming that security by obscurity is not very good security does not imply that security by transparency is any better.

    Discipline needs to be brought back into security. Vulnerability announcements should go through the proper channels, should be treated like a national secret, and should carry very, very stiff penalties for violations. Research should be supervised. The spectacle of Def Con in Vegas and the hacker quarterlies needs to stop with most if not all of those people going to jail and all of them not ever being allowed near a computer again (they can all work at Subway). The law works. Digital content providers, for example, are defending their property rights with heavy handed lawsuits, not quietly going into other lines of business as Schneier suggests.

    None of this will happen if Schneier and others insist on maintaining their right to know and to spread that knowledge indiscriminately.

    "Shooting the messenger" is the common analogy, but it is a false one. The problem is not that the messenger is bringing bad news. The problem is that the messenger is bringing the bad news to all of the wrong people. That needs to be brought under control.

    Hopefully, Schneier will address these problems in another edition of his book. ... Read more

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    Legends , Lies& Cherished Myths of World History
    by R. Shenkman
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Wickedly Funny Debunking
    So you think Catherine the Great was Russian, do you?Then you are a prime candidate for R. Shenkman's acid-tongued revelation of little known or seldom recognized historical fact.If there is a basic misapprehension, Shenkman is on it--much to the annoyance of those who thought they knew Cleopatra was Greek, the Gospels are consistent, and the Scots have always worn kilts.

    In some respects the work is like buckshot: Shenkman basically goes after what interests him, darting from one item to another in a more or less chronological order, taking on everything from Alexander the Great to Hitler.Did Moses write the first five books of the Old Testament?Did Lady Godiva really ride naked through the streets of Coventry?Who was really responsible for having Joan of Arc burned at the stake?Did Winston Churchill really oppose appeasement of Germany?

    Some of the material is stuff you would have known if you had paid attention in high school, but even so much of it will startle most readers, and Shenkman's wry style is sure to amuse.Recommended for the pure fun of it!

    GFT, Amazon Reviewer

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good compliment to the "Myth America" TV series.
    As with most TV series you get statements with out support. So I tracked down the Richard Shenkiman book to get some background to the statements about American myths. I was not disappointed. It is as if he was reading this book on the TV with more graphic representations for the different media.
    The book is worth reading. However the format may not be to some peoples liking as it is short choppy statements and the chapters are divided into subjects as, Discoverers and Inventors, Presidents, Sex, and Art.
    There is a fair set of footnotes to lead you to further reading. You may need this as he sometimes stretches a point.
    Final analysis, you are better off reading this to give a better perspective on reality. Read it to your kids and save them a lifetime of "Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History".

    1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible, terrible, terrible
    As a professional historian I was appalled by this book. I have a pretty generous sense of humor, but Shenkman's weak attempts at debunking popular conceptions and his "breezy" wit were too much. He propogates just as much bad history as he purports to correct, oversimplifying such complex subjects as Alexander's conquests and the fall of Rome, and his section on Judaism could easily be called anti-Semitic. It should come as no surprise that he skips over relgions that it's not okay to ridicule--only Jews and Christians are the butt of jokes, here. As another reviewer said, Shenkman seems to like hearing himself talk--so true. His narrative style reminds of me those self-important people you hear dominating restaurant conversation so often.
    If you really must have something historical to laugh at, check out The Lowbrow's Guide to History, which, at least, doesn't pretend to be telling the truth. ... Read more

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    Everything You Know Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies
    by Russ Kick
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars What They Can't Teach You in School
    This book has 46 articles whose purpose is to educate you about some story that has been ignored, or is in error, by the Corporate Media. Its human nature to listen to gossip that pretends to give you secrets. Sometimes these facts can't be corroborated easily. So when you read these articles, consider that they may be one-sided. But you have to be one-sided to correct a widespread error. Anyone who's had years of experience with events in the news has figured out "you are being lied to".

    The 'Introduction' mentions the censorship about various events. The contributors of these articles do not necessarily agree with each other. That is a sign of "objectivity", not printing to fit. The articles will challenge or educate you, they shouldn't bore you. You can decide which you like better. You are not likely to find them in your local newspaper or national magazines.

    The first article "Burn the Olive Tree, Sell the Lexus" is a good overview on the disastrous policies of globalization. Arianna Huffington writes a good report on "Drug Companies". Is this why her column is no longer printed in NJ? Jonathan Levy's article will not be found in your local newspaper; stories like this are too hot to handle. Dominick Armentano's essay is an example of sophistry; don't believe him. It denies the history of the late 19th and early 20th century. Lucy Komisar explains how corporations and the rich avoid taxes by using secret offshore bank accounts. Taxes are for the middle-classes. Noreena Hertz tells how globalization has impoverished more people than before.

    Mike Males' discusses the "Myths About Youth". They are not more violent, homicidal, criminal, suicidal, or smoking and drinking more. They are in general more responsibly behaved than their Baby Boom parents (p.115)! Special interest groups, like the Carnegie Corporation, are pushing an agenda to convince people that more repression is needed. Many of their claims are false and deliberately misleading, like "injury and violence have now replaced illness as the leading cause of death for adolescents". Many fewer teens die from the infectious diseases common before the mid 1950s! The truth is that poverty correlates to the problems of teens, but this fact is banned by the politics of those spreading fears. It would require changes that they don't want to discuss (p.118)."Toxic TV Syndrome" by Kalle Lasn explains why watching TV makes you sick: the more you watch, the more depressed you become (p.142).

    David T. Hardy reports the truth about the Waco Incident, when the ATF raided a communal church (p.183). It debunks the story in the Corporate Media.William Blum presents the censored facts about the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, "a mass of conflicting evidence" (p.190). Peter Gorman tells of the secret coup that overthrew the President of Peru, and how this relates to another secret war to seize control of the coca fields of Colombia. Are there hidden oil fields there?

    Russ Kick explains why 9-11-2001 was not a surprise: there were many warnings that something was going to happen (pp.241-257). In Manila 1995 they found plans to hijack a commercial plan and crash it into CIA headquarters, the Pentagon, the White House, the Sears Tower, the Transamerica Tower, or the World Trade Center (p.246). Crashing a plane into a Tower was attempted in December 1994 (p.247). Were telephone calls being intercepted (p.249)? [But some of these stories sound like "urban legends" (p.253).] Was this attack as big a surprise as Pearl Harbor?

    Howard Bloom's article on the Chinese Century is must reading! J. T. Gatto's hidden history of American education is very important for your understanding on how the system works. Before WW I "the Education Trust" was created to attack the middle-class of owner-operated businesses (p.274). Future generations were to be trained as economic serfs for the big corporations. Children would be deprived of the traditional education learned in farms and villages, and be told of what to think. Schools were like factories that took in raw materials and shaped them into finished products (p.275). The hidden policies created a rise in school violence and chaos due to the process of restricting the ability of teachers to control and discipline children. This created a market for drugs for kids. Big corporations would control schools and children, not the family and church (p.277). The literacy rate for soldiers in WW II, Korea, and Vietnam kept dropping; this measured the "dumbing down" in the education system (p.278). This was due to the "whole-word method" (p.279). Was the schooling of the masses aimed at destroying democracy (p.285)? Were today's high-cost, low-value schools created for big corporations (p.286)? What will be the effect of well-educated people who can't find work (p.287)? Can the perverse education philosophy of the last century be cured and corrected? Can we afford anything else? If illiteracy causes crime and violence, doesn't that make our schooling system responsible (p.279)?

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but could do with a new title.
    Each essay is well written and most of the time an interesting argument is presented. You cant help but raise an eyebrow at some of the references though (or lack of them).

    Unfortunately the book assumes that you are American, or at least in touch and in tune with a lot of what goes on over there. There are many political and social references made that I have never heard of.

    So I think the book should be renamed

    'Americans: Everything you know is wrong'

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Assortment Of Censored Info & Views
    This compilation of "Disinfo" challenging articles is varied and not directed toward any specific consensus other than the notion that various special interests manipulate information presented to the public for self-serving agendas.Some of the articles that challenge conventional views about social phenomena were very insightful, as was the section on the authoritarian socialist agenda guiding the educational system.The articles about political issues like 9-11 seemed rather short and could have dug deeper into these topics.Whether or not you agree with the various ideas expressed in this book you will find some things that challenge you to expand your views and understandings on some issues.Perhaps you will even take the time to research and explore some of the topics in greater depth in other sources.After all, if people made the effort to educate themselves and not rely on "experts" and "authorities" to tell them what to think then there might not be a need for a book that tells us "Everything You Know Is Wrong." ... Read more

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    You Are Being Lied To: The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths
    by Russ Kick
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars One problematical article
    I can only comment on one article contained in this book. Under 'The Social Fabrication,' "A World That Hates Gays: Is There Really a Gay Teen Suicide Epidemic?" by Philip Jenkins on pgs 176-186.

    Jenkins makes the argument that Gay teen suicides are being exaggerated. His source? Two news articles. "Political science," The New Yorker, May 3rd 1993 by David Shaffer and "Gay suicide studies flawed," Denver Post, April 9th 2000 by Al Knight. These are the only two sources in the endnotes that actually challenge the Gay suicide studies, all other citations in the endnotes (which is an "impressive" long list) refer to other statements made that are not directly related to the subject. Shaffer's research was based on flawed methodology and was seen by some other youth suicide experts as being of very poor quality. Shaffer completely ignores the central contribution made by
    the 1989 Task Force Report on Youth Suicide and misuses the Guttmacher Institute study to "prove" that homosexuals only make up a mere 1% of the population. As for Knight, he shrugs off the fact that the Massachusetts study was funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He also failed to note that the CDC-P survey results in Vermont (by the Vermont Health Department), were similar. These surveys are known as Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, YRBS. Both of these surveys produce numbers of "attempted suicides." Thousands of students are surveyed in each state every two years. New York state's YRBS encompasses 100 randomally selected school districts throughout the state. New York state does *not* include a question regarding "sexual orientation" or "sexual behavior." Therefore, there isn't any data breakdown for homosexual and non-homosexual, as is the case in Massachusetts and Vermont.

    Most youth suicide experts have always avoided and ignored the homosexual factor. One of the, if not the, foremost Gay youth suicide experts is Pierre Tremblay. For correct information on this problem, and critique of Shaffer's research, search for "Pierre Tremblay" (*with* apostrophes) and the word suicide at Google. As for the percentage of homosexuals in the population search for the exact phrase "Percentage of Lesbians and Gays" (*with* apostrophes).

    If this article is off, what other articles in this book are as well? Jenkins and Kick both should have thoroughly checked the sources and their critiques for the aforementioned article before publishing.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Scoop Agenda
    It's quite obvious that the first review had it right. People, media, and concerned citizen's revelatory rants are just someone's elses loser and dashed hopesconsist in the pegorative slant. Sometimes these nutwings get right.

    5-0 out of 5 stars blistering when compared to what usually filters through
    Uneven? Yes.Thought-provoking? Definitely.

    Ishmael Reed quipped something to the effect of"history chronicles the effects of secret societies at war", and these articles / vitrols / essays make you believe it.In short order, the book takes revealing looks at Jesus, AA, and Presidents both shot and living, past & present.

    Some facts, like blatant story doctoring by news agencies, can be seen by even an untrained eye (read Yahoo News long enough or, better yet, take the same hot story and see how it was written up by rival news agencies).

    Consider each piece carefully for what it says, how it is said, and who says it; then again, shouldn't you be doing this already??!?

    This book has caused me to think and smoke a packful of cigs since it was passed to me; ironically, a recent news article claims smoking hinders thinking.In this case, good.I needed every drag of each cancer stick.Anything to take the edge off.

    Co-workers heckled me for taking it home; yet, the same co-workers flipped through it most readily when I left it on my desk.Is it worth the money?"Yes" - if only to force a reexamination of what you hold dear.The books provokes by virtue of running counter to the info you are fed, so don't expect to like it.Or put it down. ... Read more

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    Faking It
    by Jennifer Crusie
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Setting: Columbus, Ohio

    Sensuality: 7

    Mural artist Tilda Goodnight is struggling to pay off the mortgage on the familybusiness and keep the Goodnight secrets safely hidden. Juggling her life getseven more complicated when she hides in Clea Lewis's closet and collides withsexy Davy Dempsey. Tilda is in Clea's bedroom to steal back a forged painting;Davy's there to steal Clea's account codes and retrieve the $3 millionthe larcenous blonde stole from him. Somehow, Tilda finds herself exchanging amind-blowing kiss with her fellow burglar, and when Davy follows her home andrents a room from her mother, she's forced to deal with the charming con man.Everyone in Tilda's world is pretending to be someone else, including herdaydreaming mother, her split-personality sister, and her cross-dressingex-brother-in-law. All of them, including Tilda and Davy, are Faking It.What will happen when all the secrets are out and everyone knows the truth abouteveryone else? Will Davy recover his 3 million? Will Tilda recover all theforged paintings and find her true artistic calling? Will Tilda's mother run offto Aruba with a hit man named Ford? And exactly what is the difference between aman labeled a "doughnut" and one who deserves the title "muffin"?

    Faking It is a hilarious, warm novel with a cast of quirky and wonderfulcharacters that endear while they charm. Readers who met the Dempsey siblings inCrusie's Welcome ToTemptation will be delighted to revisit the family and discover whathappens to Davy Dempsey when he meets his romantic nemesis, Tilda Goodnight.--Lois Faye Dyer ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A believable sex scene
    A took this book on vacation -- what a wonderful fun story. I loved the sex scenes - many laugh out loud moments. I look forward to ready many of her books.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Big fan of Crusie but not of this story...
    Actually I listen to her audio tapes while I'm on the treadmill. I have listened to them all and this was my least favorite. This is a semi-sequel to Welcome to Temptation. If you have read that story and want to see where Davey went then this is the book you want. It wasn't near as funny as Fast Women or Bet Me by Crusie but it fell in the 'OK' range.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just perfect!
    I love Ms. Crusie's work and this book did not disappoint me one bit! I have read all her books and am patiently awaiting her next! She has a great talent for creating characters that are not perfect, which I love because who really wants to read about some model perfect main character all the time? Her characters seem so much more "human" and easy to relate to. Faking It was an awsome read and most parts had me either smiling or actually laughing out loud! Just loved it!

    ... Read more

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    Divorce-Proofing Your Marriage : 10 Lies That Lead to Divorce and 10 Truths That Will Stop It
    by Linda Mintle, Linda S. Ph.D. Mintie
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Hope for Reconciliation
    Everyone married or to-be-married should read this book.Finally Christian based, excellent advise for a troubled marriage.I got excited, could relate, cried, felt overwelmed, and found hope in this book.It is the best advise I have read on honoring my marriage covenant (besides the Bible) in the past year.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Helped my marriage
    I saw Dr. Linda on television several times and then saw that Dr. Laura endorsed her book. I was intrigued and struggling in my own marriage. So I bought her new book and was so thankful I did. Dr. Linda not only gives helpful advice on how to strengthen marriage but she addresses the way we think about marriage. After reading her book, I realized how much my thoughts influenced my marital behavior. This revelation has literally saved my marraige in that I was thinking divorce. Now I am applying her ideas and seeing my marriage turn around for the better. Just practicing the Five to One Rule has helped. I have begun to Divorce Proof My Marriage! Donna in Carol Stream, IL.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This will be a BEST SELLER!
    Dr. Linda has written a couple of good books. This one is AMAZING! I've never read anything like this one.She takes you down a familiar path (no matter what yourmarital status: newlywed, married, divorced, remarried) ...it has to be familiar because she tells so many real-life stories from 20 some years of therapy. She hits us all!I saw myself and my spouse onnearly every page. This is going to be one of those books people buy, read, and then buy another for their "friend" who's going through problems. Make room at the top of the BEST SELLER charts. Here comes Dr.Linda. ... Read more

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    College Admissions Trade Secrets: A Top Private College Counselor Reveals the Secrets, Lies, and Tricks of the College Admissions Process
    by Andrew Allen
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    5-0 out of 5 stars very useful
    A very helpful and exhaustive book.Allen has a lot that you need to hear, and you probably have not heard it before.

    The book, unlike most college guide books, is not carefully divided based on colleges or regions.Instead, it has more of a narrative structure, although the chapters are divided by aspects of the admissions process.

    However, it's very absorbing and witty writing.So interesting that I read it from cover to cover, even though I'm even not in the market for going to college!It was a real eye-opener.

    I do have some complaints, though.Don't get the wrong idea from them, however.Allen's work is, overall, is a brisk, useful, and amusing read.And the gripes are:

    1.The book is written almost exclusively for traditional college applicants (i.e., 17 years old, currently in high school, etc.)Non-traditional or transfer applicants will therefore find the book's strategies largely (but not entirely) useless.

    2.The thing was evidently hastily written:there are countless typos, misspellings, printer's errors, etc.Likely this won't bother you too much given your probable reasons for picking it up in the first place, but it does make me wonder about the reliability of the numbers Allen is reporting.Here, for example, is a disturbing contradiction:[p. 186]

    ". . . Yale filled 43% of available seats for the Class of 2007 with Early Decision applicants, and those applicants were admitted at a 22% rate . . ."

    and then, later, in the same paragraph (!):

    "A small number of top colleges . . . most notably Yale, do not fill a significant portion of the freshman class with early decision candidates."

    3.The author has what appears to be a very low opinion of UC Berkeley, in contrast to the majority of students, teachers, and college counselors I have worked with.Though this is never stated explicitly, his dissenting view is unmistakable:

    "Of the roughly thirty top colleges in America, only six -- the Air Force Academy, Cal Tech, Stanford, Rice, U. Chicago and Northwestern -- aren't on the east coast. [p. 241]"

    4.The thing is seriously disorganized.The author, aware of this, warns you about this upfront, but still, it's disorganized all the same.As just one example, suppose you only need helpwith your essay.So you read his essay section.Unknown to you, there is a lot of potentially useful information on college essays in the "strategies" section which you wouldn't have discovered if you had merely dipped into the "essay" section.

    The only solution is to read the entire thing through from cover to cover.I don't think you'll regret this, though.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book helped our family separate fact from fiction!
    I read four other books in addition to this book to prepare as a parent for our son's college process. I found this book to be the most realistic. The author does not present the topic of college admissions in a pollyanna manner the way others books did. He tells it like it is or pretty much the way we discovered the process to be. I highly recommend that parents read this book and cite the gist of the book to your prospectice college student over time- Too much reality can demotivate/demoralize your child. Other books that were recommended by counselors,school, etc., placed the colleges on a pedestal as if they are altrusitic without a profit motive in mind. We found the opposite as we went through the college process. Andrew Allen's book prepared us in a way that produced a positive college search process for our family.

    5-0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY THE BEST
    Simply put, there is no book that offers as much information, advice and opinions as Trade Secrets. Most admissions books offer 1/10th what this book offers -- you would be INSANE to apply to college without first reading this book. I suspect that the majority of the bad reviews are from high school counselors or admissions offices--Allen takes both to task. Beware: if you can't take strong advice (that's wickedly helpful), then don't buy this book. If you want some great insider help, then get a copy. ... Read more

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    Private Truths, Public Lies: The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification
    by Timur Kuran
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 September, 1997)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Clear thinking about issues that many avoid thinking about
    This book does a good job of analyzing the causes and effects of the differences between public and private beliefs, although it is a bit slow and long-winded.
    Much of what the book says seems like it ought to be obvious, but for the most part I hadn't thought very clearly about these issues, and at very least the book persuaded me to clarify my thoughts. He makes a strong argument that some aspects of revolutions are inherently unpredictable, but I'm still trying to decide whether he succeeds in refuting alternative theories that imply factors such as sudden declines in wealth can help predict revolutions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Book
    This is a fascinating, thought-provoking book that discusses with great skill issues like preference falsification, pluralistic ignore, social psychology, and related topics. It's a great study of why people too often don't do what they believe. The book is very easy to read and strikes a good balance between being based in research and telling a good story.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Why people lie in groups. Strikingly original theory.
    Economists, sociologists and psychologists each base their models on underlying conceptions of man:Homo economicus is the bloodless and instantaneous calculator of costs and benefits; homo sociologicus is a product of social stimuli; and homo psychologicus is ruled by conscience. Kuran has done something quite novel in this non-fiction book- he has melded all three theories into one, and uses it to explain why people often times mask their true opinions in groups. This is remarkable feat given the relative lack of cross-pollination across these three disciplines.The theory is intuitively easy to grab, yet one yearns for examples which directly connect to his theory.I spent a long time trying to understand what was meant by "intrinsic utility" since it was defined in different ways in different parts of the book. The chapters are meant to buttress his theory by tackling such issues as revolution, affirmative action, and slavery, but they are not especially well integrated into the first part of the book.In fact, they read more like stand alone articles. The book is original and thought provoking.There is no other book like it.Those who are not trained in economics will find plenty to talk and mull over in the later chapters.But Kuran could do a better job of explaining the early section with more illustrations. Hopefully, he will address these concerns in a later edition. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Business/Economics    2. Economics - General    3. Social Science    4. Sociology    5. Sociology - General   


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    Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free
    by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Elisabeth Elliot
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Almost great
    When I saw a book called "lies women believe" I thought my prayers had been answered! This book would have been ideal if they had left it at that but they had to go and spoil it with the nonsense about the truth that sets them free. A shame.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Potentially Life Changing Book
    I had been a longtime listener to Nancy Leigh DeMoss's radio series (Revive our Hearts) on WAVA in the DC area and I finally picked up this book after hearing her talk about it for a long time.

    I loved the simple language and her forthrightness in going right to the heart of many of the 'lies' we believe today.And this book really hit home for me.I had known for some time that as Christians we are called to follow a different path than those who would live exclusively in the world and follow worldly ways.But no one before had ever specifically come out and said "When you buy into the American consumerist mentality that more things will make you happy, that is Satan speaking! That is a lie -- that you can find fulfillment in things!Only God's grace is sufficient for you!Christ alone can make you happy and to some degree, you will always feel unfulfilled until that day that you come home to His heavenly kingdom.Only there will you feel completely fulfilled."

    I absolutely LOVED the literary device that she used throughout the book.She starts each chapter with a letter from Eve to her friends, talking about the difficulties she has encountered since being thrown out of the garden of eden -- the difficulties with the children, the difficulties with her husband, her feelings of unhappiness being stuck at home.IT sounds silly the way I'm describing it -- but I have to tell you, it gave me an eternal perspective and I thought it was brilliant -- for Nancy to say "There will always be times you will feel lonely in your marriage.This is true for all marriages and has been true historically -- since Adam and Eve.This is why, and this is where it comes from.This is what we're going to do about it."

    It's a nice simple, life-changing read, and I'm going to give a copy to each of my daughters before they get married.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Had problems with the book
    This book outlined the lies that many women get caught up in.I felt that there were some good things about this book.We do need to take responsibility for our actions, not remain a victim, and to realize that sin is sin and that God can forgive it all.Surprisingly, the submission chapter was done well, explaining the myths of submission and how a woman in an abusive situation should get out.

    But there were many things I didn't like in this book.First, the author took a patronizing, critical, judging tone towards women.She seemed to like to blame women for a lot of problems, without recognizing the role that men often play in those problems.

    I was deeply offended about what she had to say about how "a career is more fulfilling than being a wife and mother".I do agree with that statement.But she uses that statement to imply that the only place for the woman is in the home.She blames working women ("in part") for affairs, women being on welfare (I thought working took women OFF welfare), elderly parent being in nursing homes, divorce, single motherhood, teen violence, etc.She doesn't acknowledge other factors going into those things.I mean, men and women have had affairs since the beginning of time.Elderly parents are in nursing homes because they require 24/7 care, not because of the women working (don't sons or SAHM's put their parents in nursing homes?)I work outside the homes, yet, I do have meals with my family and they aren't all fast food or frozen.As far as women gaining financial independence to free them to leave their husbands...I don't know of many women who work for that purpose.But isn't it OK for each woman to have her own money in cases of abuse, addiction, or when the man leaves them for someone else?What if the husband loses his job, becomes disabled, dies, etc?And the Proverbs 31 woman did a little of everything, including working out of the home.

    And yes, children are a blessing, but Demoss seems to think it is wrong to limit the number of children a woman has.She comes from a family of 7 kids, and that's great that her mom enjoyed raising 7 kids, but that is not for everyone.The reasons that Demoss gives--not having patience, not being able to physically handle more kids--are perfectly legitimate reasons, that she appeared to mock.Other than the issue of abortion, the Bible doesn't say that limiting the number of children is a sin, just like it is not a sin for women to work outside the home.

    And on emotions, she seems to act like it is a sin to call for pizza when you don't feel like cooking (guess I sinned tonight, after my stressful day at work) or not cleaning house when you don't feel like it.And about passive husbands...what if the husband is an alcoholic and can't hold or look for a job?What is the wife to do?Let her and her children starve?

    Although there were some good points to the book, I had a problem with many of the issues presented.If anyone were to go through the book, please go through it with a group to work out the trouble spots.
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    Isbn: 0802472966
    Sales Rank: 5938
    Subjects:  1. Christianity - Christian Life - General    2. Christianity - Christian Life - Women's Issues    3. Religion    4. Religion - Christian Living   


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    Detecting Lies and Deceit : The Psychology of Lying and the Implications for Professional Practice (Wiley Series in Psychology of Crime, Policing and Law)
    by AldertVrij
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Detecting Lies & Deceipt
    I found this book to the most informative and useful reference of all those I have read regarding the subject and techniques relating to detecting deception by means of statement analysis in it's various forms. Easy to read. Easy to understand. It will remain a guide to forensic investigators, polygraphists and the like for many years to come.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent survey of psychological literature on deception
    This is an extraordinary book, a well-written and clear survey of the psychological literature on deception written by one of the leaders in the field.Extremely thorough, and although sophisticated enough for professionals it is nevertheless useful for students and non-psychologists.As a lawyer and academic who writes on psychology and the law, I found it enormously helpful in preparing an article on the admissibility of expert testimony on lie-detection techniques.Having written on the subject before, and being more adept at legal rather than psychological research, I was thrilled to find such a clear and thorough collection of sources and commentary on the myriad social science research on lie-detection, and have already used the book's index to locate and look up numerous studies with which I was previously unfamiliar.

    4-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BOOK ON THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LIE DETECTION
    This book was very helpful on the psycholgy and tell tale signs of lies.One of the most informative and straight forward books that I have read on the subject.I would definitely recomend this to anyone intested inthe psycholgy aspect of lies. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Behavioral assessment    2. Clinical Psychology    3. Lie detectors and detection    4. Medical Law & Legislation    5. Psychology    6. Truthfulness and falsehood    7. Behavioural theory (Behaviourism)    8. Cognition & cognitive psychology    9. Criminal investigation & detection    10. Psychology & Psychiatry / Clinical Psychology   


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    Never Be Lied To Again : How to Get the Truth In 5 Minutes Or Less In Any Conversation Or Situation
    by David J. Lieberman
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (10 September, 1999)
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    When liars are being accused of something, they'll stay calm because they're working on their rebuttal; this is why detectives were suspicious of O.J. Simpson when he didn't express outrage when accused of murdering his ex-wife and Ronald Goldman. Never Be Lied to Again is bursting with tested tips like this for quickly determining when you're being boondoggled. Body language, facial expressions, sentence structure, and word choice can all reveal when someone is lying, says psychologist David J. Lieberman, and he includes 46 of these "clues to deception" to help you, including tricks for framing questions without putting others on the defense. Once you use your newly honed "human lie detector" skills to figure out if you're being lied to, you can then dig for the truth using the specific, influential words and body postures that Lieberman suggests. Written with flair and humor, Never Be Lied to Again is designed to help you get the upper hand in any situation, whether you're trying to figure out if your spouse is cheating on you or if you suspect your coworkers are cooking the books. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars You Have to be a Wolf to Catch a Wolf
    As with all of David Lieberman's works, "Never Be Lied To Again" contains a genuine element of practicality that makes it highly worth reading. While the strategies contained in this book may not "break" a criminal mastermind during police interrogation, I believe that they can be very effective (if used correctly) when dealing with a person of average intelligence.

    Anyone even vaguely familiar with the techniques of interview and interrogation will see many familiar elements in the methods advocated by Lieberman to use against your target. One of the central points that the author makes is that in order to get someone to tell you the truth, you must create an incentive for them to do so. That way, they feel that it is permissible to divulge information which is actually in their best interests to keep hidden. Frequently, this involves you becoming a liar in order to catch a liar. Unfortunate but necessary.

    Also noteworthy is the fact that this is a great book for dishonest people to read because it will teach you a lot about strategies that may be used against you in the future... if they haven't already.

    As a keen student of human nature, this is one of those useful guides that will stay in my library as a reference tool for years to come.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very good book
    I found this book to be a good one. It gives certain good techniques to find the truth.I felt the book was good, but it can only be so helpful, but this can be helpful in a lot of cercumstances. But ultimately its not going to be easy much of the time to find the whole truth.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Dangerously Misleading!
    Studies by at least 15 psychiatrists sitting on my desk clearly show that there is at best a 56% chance of a skilled investigator detecting a lie. There is at most a 70% chance of detecting a truth. Since most of us expect truths to be stated, this allows for the disproportionate numbers above simple chance.

    Looking to the left or right is in most pop culture lie detection books but has never been backed by one study! It is considered a defacto rule without support. Additionally, fidgeting, moving, finger manipulation, gaze aversion, are ALL signs of truths, not lies. Cognitive load during lying will cause the liar to focus and as a result, external activity shows a marked slow down in ALL studies! It was also proven that gaze aversion is cultural and in pop science, someone has to look you in the eye for the statement to be truthful. In reality, someone purposefully looking you in the eyes while making a statement is an intentional act of deception.

    If you are looking for a lie, you'll find one. You'll have at most a 50% chance of being correct. There is a long exhaustive process, which goes far beyond this book, and as a result, you can hope to reach a 56%-60% success rate. This book will not provide that 10% leverage. Read the Aldert Vrij book "Detecting Lies and Deceit". Don't expect an easy read since most of the book calls references and case studies. I can usually read a book in a day or two. This book has taken a week. The Leiberman book took several hours. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0312204280
    Subjects:  1. Deception    2. General    3. Psychology    4. Self-Help    5. Truthfulness and falsehood    6. Self-Help / General   


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    The 15 Biggest Lies in Politics
    by Tim J. Penny, Major Garrett
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    The Washington establishment doesn't want you to read The 15 Biggest Lies in Politics. "This book is designed to reveal the most insidious lies spun by special-interest groups, parroted by politicians, and accepted by the media," write authors Major Garrett, a reporter for U.S. News & World Report, and Timothy J. Penny, a former Democratic Congressman from Minnesota. Each of their chapters intends to defy conventional wisdom; they spin out readable mini-essays on a variety of "lies": "Gun Control Reduces Crime," "Money Buys Elections," "Social Security Is a Sacred Government Trust," and "Medicare Works." The book is thankfully nonpartisan--the final two chapters debunk the claims that Republicans believe in small government and Democrats are compassionate. This is a useful citizen's guide to national political debates--quick but thorough, contrarian but true, and accessible but wise. --John J. Miller ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Lots of "points," little depth
    It's hard to rate this book, because I simply don't know how much of it to believe.Sure the authors "prove" their points.Writers with contrary points of view, such as Paul Krugman, Michael Moore, "prove" the opposite with their own facts and statistics.Who should I believe?(Read the chapter here on gun control and then read Moore on the same subject; most interesting.)

    But more importantly, while the book has breadth, it lacks depth.Each chapter is as short as a modest newspaper article.The authors have a habit of drawing conclusions based on relatively few facts; so many sentence start with "Obviously that means..." or "This clearly shows that..."I feel like the authors predigest my information and do all my thinking for me.Maybe there's more intricate reasoning than what appears here that went into their conclusions, but we don't see it.

    For example, one chapter says that throwing money into education does not correlate with higher results.No argument.But after citing a bunch of stats about how increased spending does not yield increased results (Washington D.C. is one of the highest per-capital spenders on public education, yet their test resorts are dismal), the authors never investigate *why* this is: are they saying there's just correlation between money and learning?On *some* level that must be untrue.Or is it that the money, while being appropriated, is not going where it needs to go to be effective?Is there too much pork, or is money just totally irrelevant.Just where do the authors think the money is going, anyway?These questions, obvious to me, are not addressed.

    The same is true with the other issues.We are told that looking at statistics reveals a different truth than popular wisdom and media hype suggests.That's entirely believable.But then the book just cites a large number of studies that show results that are contrary to the common wisdom.Disraeli said there are lies, damned lies and statistics, and unfortunately, this book does little more than reinforce that view.So whom do you trust?Odds are, after reading this book, you'll probably just believe what you're comfortable with, or, like me, you won't be enlightened at all.I closed this book feeling like a hungry man invited to a buffet who walked away still craving nourishment.

    3-0 out of 5 stars While not at all in depth, eye opening nonetheless!
    If you're reading this review, you've probably correctly observed the play-pen behavior that politics, candidacy, political journalism, and everything else inside the beltway has become. And if you're reading this review, you may be either in the dark about the specific ailments that've lead to this stranger-than-science-fiction climate of symptoms, or you're pretty sure what the problems are but want to hear the authors take. Whichever the case, you've come to a pretty good place.

    The two authors (from my understanding, a republican and a democrat, not that these terms mean anything anymore) have written a pretty provacative and insightful book, attempting to 'prove' points as far from conventional fox-news wisdom as the irrelevance of the abortion debate, to PAC's as a healthy part of democracy. In the end, they are pretty convincing on all 15 of their points.

    The problem, though, comes from the fact that there are 15 chapters, all focusing on the shattering of a different political 'myth.' The result is that while this is an entertaining and eye-opening book, there is no coherence at all. The only coherence, itself inadvertent, was the midsection of the book where there are a few chapters in a row on what the authors feel is the oft-exagerated power of money and special interest on political campaigns and public policy. These chapters are especially eye-opening as they may be the hardest for most people to swallow, but taken togheter they become seriously redundant. If the authors had thought about it more, they should've reduced these 3 chapters to 1 which would've left more room to be more in depth in other chapters.

    The other fault (or virtue, depending on where you stand) is that while non-partisan over all, this book will likely appeal to the more conservative or libertarian voter. From the authors beliefs against McCain-Feingold campaign reform or gun control as crime reducer to their support of religion as an effective tool in politics to their crushing conclusions that social security as a fraud, most (not all) of their positions are those recently taken up by those on the right.

    In conclusion, despite the above glitches, this book is witty, erudite, 50% entertaining and 50% informative. Personally speaking, my favorite chapters were 1) that discussing the relative unimportance of the abortion debate to most people (look at polls, it's true), 2) shattering the myths that republicans are for small government and democrats are compassionate, 3) the chapter on the myth of gun contol being a crime reducer (as another reviewer pointed out, very persuasive) and 4) cracking the myth tht tax cuts are good (while I don't agree with their conclusion, another well-argued chapter). As the blurb on the books cover points out, this is a good "self defense manual for voters". A similar book readers may enjoy is "Ten Things You Can't Say in America" by libertarian author Larry Elder, who takes up very similar points.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Drivil
    Major Garrett is a follower of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, so how can I believe anything he says pertaining to politics? ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Deception    2. Government - U.S. Government    3. Political aspects    4. Political ethics    5. Politics - Current Events    6. Politics/International Relations    7. Rhetoric    8. U.S. - Contemporary Politics    9. United States    10. Political Science / General   


    Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists
    by Joel Best
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (07 May, 2001)
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    When it comes to thinking about statistics, there are four kinds of people: awestruck, naive, cynical, and critical. According to sociologist Joel Best, the vast majority of people are naive (yes, you too probably suffer from a mild case of innumeracy), and the result is mutant statistics, guesswork, and poor policy decisions. "Bad statistics live on," writes Best in this highly accessible book, "they take on lives of their own." Take this one: a psychologist's estimate that perhaps 6 percent of priests were at some point sexually attracted to young people was transformed through a chain of errors into the "fact" that 6 percent of priests were pedophiles. Then there was the one about eating disorders. An original estimate that 150,000 women were anorexic, made by concerned activists, mutated into 150,000 women dying from the disorder annually (the truth: about 70 women a year). But these two mutant statistics have been published and passed along as facts for years, enduring long after the truth has been pointed out.

    In an effort to turn people into critical thinkers, Best presents three questions to ask about all statistics and the four basic sources of bad ones. He shows how good statistics go bad; why comparing statistics from different time periods, groups, etc. is akin to mixing apples and oranges; and why surveys do little to clarify people's feelings about complex social issues. Random samples, it turns out, are rarely random enough. He also explains what all the hoopla is over how the poverty line is measured and the census is counted. What is the "dark figure"? How many men were really at the Million Man March? How is it possible for the average income per person to rise at the same time the average hourly wage is falling? And how do you discern the truth behind stat wars? Learn it all here before you rush to judgment over the next little nugget of statistics-based truth you read. --Lesley Reed ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars "Damned Liberal Lies and Statistics"
    This short read was assigned for one a course that I am taking this semester, and frankly, it took all of my willpower to keep from chucking it across the room by book's end.

    The author, while very cogent in his points regarding social satistics and the innumeracy of the public (which is why I gave this book two stars instead of one), has an obvious agenda: point out the flaws of the statistics wielded by "advocates."What kind of advocates you may ask?Oh, just anyone who supports abortion, the poor, women, minorities, and glbt rights, for starters.

    His basic examples of mutant statistics were repeatedly one-sided.Where are the countless examples of conserative AND liberal politicians who repeat mutant statistics to convince the public that their particular stance is the "right" one?

    The title of this book promises to untangle "numbers from the media, politicians, and activists."The media is mentioned casually as a dissemination point for mutant statistics to gain a larger audience, politicians are barely mentioned at all, and the remaining 95% of the book focuses on activists/advocates.

    Mr. Best asks us to think "critically" about social statistics.What I think he really meant to say was "conservatively."

    2-0 out of 5 stars so much promise...so little substance
    This is a topic that has a lot of promise and one can do so much with it. However, if you're looking for anything more than just the basics (with a few good examples from social statistics), don't bother with this book. This book starts out by identifying the reasons why statistics get distorted, but then after every 20 pages or so this book reads like the script of groundhog day - the same three points (innumeracy, people with a vested interest and apples and oranges comparisons) are referenced again and again. The topic is fascinating but there is very little substance to keep you occupied for more than 30 minutes.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent light read
    This book was an excellent starter in thinking critically about statistics. It was used as a textbook for a short college seminar I took, and I feel it really added to the material we discussed. However, it is wordy at times, without having much depth. If you're just starting to think about statistics, I recommend this, but you won't find a ton of content here. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Social Science    2. Social indicators    3. Social problems    4. Sociology    5. Statistical methods    6. Statistics   


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