Fakery and hypocrisy in American communications are the subjects of this outspoken and hilarious audiobook. Uncovering our thought-pollution problem for perhaps the first time, Arthur Herzog exposes Executalk (“name of the game” for “point” or “purpose,” “ball-park estimate” for “rough guess”), Quote Facts (opinions made to seem like facts by virtue of being quoted), and Complex Complex (the compulsion to make things more complicated than they need to be), to mention only a few of the current crimes against logic and language.
The perpetrators of these atrocities include Fadthinkers, Word Mincers, Sci-Speakers, Copy Cant-ers, and Anything Authorities, those who, having succeeded in one field, appear on TV talk shows as experts on everything else. Without the B.S. Factor, success in America is almost impossible, says Herzog, and he goes on to call for a new breed of “radical skeptics” to clear away the B.S. that is now engulfing our country.
“An entertaining and witty attack.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Mr. Herzog has diagnosed the sickness brilliantly.” (The New York Times Book Review)
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I enjoyed the narrator's performance of the book.
When I realized this was a polemic from a by-gone age and resolved to enjoy it as such.
He is a good narrator. Despite the age of the content he managed to present it in a fair and unbiased way. The narrator kept an even presentation the entire time. At no point did he over dramatize.
For use by grad students performing rhetorical analysis of the classic 1970's polemic. Only.
My reading has become so prescribed. I am spoiled by only the best out there. This was a fair amount of content to plow through, and it felt disjointed. Also, this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com. So that said, should I keep on reading these out there books. ABSOLUTELY!
- Justin "This ginger likes to read."
The end of lies