John Stossel puts forth logical, persuasive arguments supported by fact. Over and over he documents another case where big government fails and the private sector succeeds. He provides concrete examples of government failures and contrasts that with similar issues that were successfully solved by the private business.
Mr. Stossel has a voice you either love or hate. I love it, I could just listen to him talk for hours (and have). There's something about his presentation style that just holds my attention. I listened to the book in one day, something I rarely do.
Both. I laughed at many of the stories, but wanted to cry, or more accurately scream in rage, at the obscene blunders made by government.
John Stossel is very open about the fact he is a Libertarian. So right off the bat you know where he comes from. If you are a die hard lefty or righty you'll probably just get mad. But if you are "in the middle", please give this book a read. It will open your eyes to many of the deceitful practices being foisted upon you by both government and the media.
THANK YOU JOHN!!!
THe truth , but it really hurts to hear how bad our country has become.
Real life examples.
He's a great speaker, as is known by many from his tv performances.
Just upset about the realities of how corrupt our government has become.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to know both sides of a situation facing our country today.
I like the way that John lays out both sides of an event and leaves it up to us to decide.
The best part of this is how he relates his personal takes on events and situations that have occurred and how things are perceived by most people...and then what reality is!
I did not want to listen to it all in one sitting because it was so intriguing that I ended up taking a few notes...lol.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to filter thru all the political bias and find out facts in a very entertaining and relaxing manner. John is not in your face or force any opinions; he simply lays out facts and has the reader make more informed decisions in their lives.
This book is full of common sense! If you like Stossel you will know what I mean, If you have never heard him before, open your mind for a few hours and you will see that most of what he says is common sense.
I have listen to another one of his books called: "Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity". These books compare well to each other.
Have an open mind while listening to this book.
The most interesting and informative. Presented in a clear and concise manner. Also, it was not boring.
The facts that were presented.
No, I preferred to mull the information. This was not an action adventure.
I would definitely listen to this book, if I had it to do over again. It would probably be good to re-listen to it every couple of years, because the issues raised in this book should be considered, even if you don't agree with everything it says. I wish it were required reading in our schools or colleges, and for members of congress and the President!
Over and over, Stossel raises the point that "intuition says ___________, but reality has shown ___________." This book forces the reader to consider downstream impacts and unintended consequences of governmental controls on society and individuals' personal lives.
A tidbit that stood out most for me was Stossel's statement that 50% of home burglaries in UK and Canada occur when someone is home, verses only 12% in the US.
My son (a senior in college), was the one who suggested this book to me. He told me this book was "Milton Friedman on Steroids," so I have to give him credit for my review headline. I totally agree! This book just makes a lot of sense.
I read his first book in high school. It really rattled my cage and is why I am a libertarian today. I am a huge Stossel fan and have consumed everything he's ever produced.
As the years pass his message not only is the same but he keeps using the same old examples and analogies. He's on repeat.
Awesome message, I just would like something a little more fresh.
Stossel's personal recollections on how he changed his mind on the role of government
It explains why big government is a bad idea in a way that is difficult to argue against logically.
One that I liked was when he explained why he left ABC and moved to Fox. It demonstrated how Fox is more tolerant of differing opinions than other news networks.
I love hearing John Stossel speak--it's so much nicer to his words in his own voice. That's definitely something I would've missed if I just read the book.
It wasn't necessarily an extreme reaction, but there were definitely "you're preaching to the choir Stossel" moments. I was nodding my head and laughing a bit when he made his points.
If you like Stossel, you'll like this book. If you hate Stossel, you'll hate this book. If you're on the fence about Stossel, you'll like this book if you're more of a libertarian than a statist.
Here is a handbook on how problems are best solved locally and directly by the people they effect or people who choose to get involved. My mind was racing as I thought through the potential of actually implementing the ideas from this book. It was very uplifting....
If only we looked to ourselves for the solution. Regrettably, more government is always the solution to the issues created by large government and we the people can't be expected to be held responsible for our own lives when there exists at least a percentage doing better. We have all become VERY generous with other people's money. "Let the government or the rich solve that" is now the default solution to every problem. What an eye opener.