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.
Common sense. I didn't know I was a Libertarian until I listened to this book. Great narration by Mr. Stossel. Never bored.
No, listen to it in pieces to let the concepts sink in.
Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.
John Stossel may or may not be your favorite TV personality but this book is thought provoking. The book is written around a simple formula "common sense says...." but "experience has told me".
I am biased. I like John Stossel's news stories and his presentation. I don't always agree with his conclusions, but he is provacative and never boring. When I purchased this audio book, I bought it more fore entertainment than to be educated. I thought I already had a pretty good handle on the problems of government. However, Mr. Stossel raised a lot of points and issues I simply was not aware of. I still find it difficult to agree with his position on drugs because of the death and destruction it has caused, but he makes a lot of good points. Whether you are pro big-government or anti big-government, this audio book is sure to entertain, educate, and make you think. Two thumbs up.
Yes b/c I enjoy his voice and drive alot.
His knowledge and consistency to provide evidence and make logical arguments for grounding his point of view. It makes his case almost irrefutable.
TSA and Health Care. Also when he balances the budget.
Great work, the only thing I miss, which Stossel did in Gimme A Break, is include audio clips for the people he quotes.
One of the more engaging books I've ever listened to.
Makes you realize how misleading your own intuition can be. It's hard to argue with much of what he has to say.