Book Review: Debunk It!

Debunk_it-Cover_shadowDebunk It! Is a pretty neat book, it goes through many things that we are misinformed about from various locations and tries to debunk it.  Featured in the book is Obama being born in Hawaii, Evolution, Anti-Vaxers, and other things.  Basically, it helps you figure out how to tell if things are bullshit or not.

The book was written recently, so it is up to date with a lot of the more current misinformation – it talks about global warming and how it’s happening and not cooling – despite last winter’s polar vortex. It touches on the latest issues with those who don’t vaccinate their children and how the measles has come back and can kill other children who can’t get vaccinated if there is not herd immunity – touches a bit on Jenny McCarthy and her anti vaccine stance and how she has admitted that she used Botox and how the two are somewhat related…

I found it to be quite interesting and had a lot of facts and sources to back up the claims – although there was nothing in here that I think I was actually misinformed about, it was nice to have some additional information about it all.

I received a free copy of this book in order to write this review and participate in the blog tour. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Debunk It! How to Stay Sane in a World of Misinformation

We live in an era of misinformation, much of it spread by authority figures like broadcasters, politicians, and religious leaders. (The various pundits on blogs and websites don’t help either.) With so much bogus information from so many sources, how can anyone be expected to discover the truth?

In Debunk It!, author John Grant uses modern, ripped-from-the-headlines examples to clearly explain how to identify bad evidence and dismantle poor arguments. He provides a roundup of the rhetorical tricks people use when attempting to pull the wool over our eyes, and even offers advice about how to take these unscrupulous pundits down. So if you’re tired of hearing blowhards spouting off about climate change, history, evolution, medicine, and more, this is the book for you. Debunk It! is the ultimate guide for readers seeking a firmer footing in this very slippery world.

(Debunk It! How to Stay Sane in a World of Misinformation / by John Grant / Published by Zest Books and distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / ISBN-13: 978-1-936976-68-3 / $12.99 Paperback; 228 pages, Ages 14+)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

John Grant is author of about seventy books, including Discarded Science: Ideas that Seemed Good at the Time…, Corrupted Science: Fraud Ideology and Politics in Science, and Denying Science: Conspiracy Theories, Media Distortions, and the War Against Reality. He was inspired to write Debunk It!, because of a teenager named Franklin, who came to one of his public talks on how people misunderstand science. Franklin commented that, “What we kids need is a sort of guide to bullshit,” and the idea for Debunk It! took root from that encounter. For a number of years he ran the world-famous fantasy art book publisher Paper Tiger. Also a fantasy / science fiction writer, he has won the Hugo Award (twice), the World Fantasy Award, and other international literary awards. Grant lives in northern New Jersey.

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