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Total pages original book: 480
Includes a PDF summary of 51 pages
Duration of the summary (audio): 40M10S (10.2 MB)
Description or summary of the audiobook: Did you ever have the uneasy feeling the experts are not...well, expert? 'Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.' - Irving Fisher, professor of economics at Yale University, October 17, 1929'Forget it, Louis, no Civil War picture ever made a nickel.' - Irving Thalberg's warning to Louis B. Mayer regarding 'Gone With the Wind' 'We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out.' - Decca Recording Company executive, turning down the Beatles, 1962'With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big share of the market for itself.' - 'Business Week,' 1968'There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.' - President of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977'Bill Clinton will lose to any Republican who doesn't drool on stage.' - 'The Wall Street Journal,' in a 1995 editorial 'The Experts Speak' systematically catalogues, footnotes, and sets straight these and a couple of thousand other examples of expert misunderstanding, miscalculation, egregious prognostication, boo-boos, and just plain lies. The experts have been wrong about everything under, including, and beyond the sun: time, space, the sexes, the races, the environment, economics, politics, crime, education, the media, history, and science. In this expanded and updated edition (now more error-filled than ever), we see just how much the experts don't know. But the book also goes deeper, presenting a through-the-looking-glass chronicle of human knowledge: the story of what was and is so, as seen through the story of what we wanted to and did believe.
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