Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel — Why Everything You Know Is Wrong by John Stossel


“Stossel is the master of confrontational reporting.’ Give yourself a break: read and heed [this] insightful, delightful book.”

New York Post

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• Singles have a better sex life than married people, right? Wrong! A University of Chicago study shows that married couples are having more sex–30% more–and better sex, than singles. But movies, TV shows, and other reporting about marriage never feature that fact.

• Do we have less free time than we used to? Countless news stories and anecdotes from friends and family make the overwhelming case that we’re running ourselves ragged. But when people actually keep track of their activities in a time diary, studies show that we have significantly more free time per day than in 1965. So why is everyone out of time?

• Surburban sprawl is ruining America. Huge subdivisions and massive highway construction is eating up our free space and affecting our quality of life. Isn’t that what you always hear? So why do you never hear that 95% of America is undeveloped, or that so-called ‘smart development’ prices lower-income families out of property ownership?

• Also: Does shaving make your hair grow back thicker? Do girls feel more pressure to have sex than boys? Are gas prices really through the roof? Is outsourcing bad for American workers?

About the Author

John Stosselhas been reporting for 20/20 since 1981. Since then, he has received 19 Emmy awards, and been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club. His popular20/20segment “Give Me A Break” was transformed into a series of one-hour prime time specials, and GIVE ME A BREAK was a national bestseller. He also hosts ABC’sJohn Stossel Specialsreports for ABC radio, and A graduate of Princeton University, Stossel lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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