Item description for 50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know, Volume 2 by Russ Kick...
Overview Reveals fifty facts that have been hidden, distorted, or censored, including a judge's ruling that marijuana is medically beneficial, most corporations pay no federal income tax, and using sunscreen can cause cancer.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 5.25" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2004
Publisher The Disinformation Company
ISBN 1932857028 ISBN13 9781932857023
Availability 0 units.
More About Russ Kick
Founder of the website The Memory Hole, which archived sensitive and difficult to find official documents, RUSS KICK has devoted much of his life to digging up what others hope to keep buried. His bestselling anthologies, including "You Are Being Lied To" and "Everything You Know Is Wrong, " have sold over half a million copies. The New York Times has dubbed Kick "an information archaeologist," Details magazine described Kick as a Renaissance man, and Utne Reader named him one of its 50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World. Russ Kick lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee, and Tucson, Arizona."
Russ Kick currently resides in San Diego, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about 50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know, Volume 2?
No mind blowing information here. Feb 11, 2008
This is entitled _50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know_. It should be entitled _50 Quasi-interesting Factoids_. Nothing in here is mind blowing, or revolutionary, or scary: a Pope wrote an erotic book? Wow, now that's something to pull your hair out over--I think everyone wishes clergy would only write books and keep their hands to themselves. Jurors can question the law. Most people may not have known this, but knowing this makes no difference unless you broadcast it on TV; also, do we really want people who have a hard time sifting through the information presented to them regarding guilt or innocence also trying to figure out the validity of the law(s) involved? Eh, knowing this makes no difference. Electric cars have been around for a long time, umm, yep. Why am I not supposed to know this? You mean big business wants to keep making money selling gas and cars that use gas? Darn! I did not know this. The evil overlords have blinded me to their horrible ways; all this time I thought they had my interests at heart. Woe unto them. Anyway, this book has some interesting information, but it's not anything so interesting as to become a "thing you're not supposed to know." I should have bought a used copy. It's worth a read, it's just not all it's cracked up to be.
not recommended Nov 6, 2007
This book is nowhere near the others like it and the topics it covers are boring. Dont waste your time or your money.
Getting the Truth Out Mar 3, 2007
I got this little book in a package of discount books I received a little while ago. I didn't know anything about it and I wasn't aware it was a sequel to another book I hadn't even read when I flipped through it and began reading. It turned out to be a fun way to spend an hour or so.
I like "trivia" books like this one. Of course, the conceit behind this one is that we're being told "things we're not supposed to know." Some of the claims made here are debatable but there are also many interesting items: ten percent of the population weren't fathered by the man they think is their father, fetuses masturbate, the Declaration of Independence contains a racially derogatory remark, Audubon killed all the birds he painted, etc.
The book fails a bit by a tendency towards repetition (especially in 9/11 & war in Iraq info) which makes it seem a bit padded. Maybe this is because it's hard to reach the same heights in a sequel but, since I haven't read the original, I can't judge. Still, there's enough good stuff here to make it worth the investment of the time it takes to read it.
Mixed bag---a few bombshells, but mostly hyperbole Dec 19, 2006
This 1/4" thick, 4x6 index card of a book touts itself as a "take-no-prisoners" exposé when it is, in fact, merely a collection of random "shocking" trivia. Sadly, the few real bombshells that the book DOES contain are overwhelmed by the hyperbolic tone of the rest.
Here are the bombshells, facts that might make us seriously re-evaluate our relationship with those in power: - The US is Planning to Provoke Terrorist Attacks - Kent State Wasn't the Only---or Even the First---Massacre of College Students During the Vietnam Era - Juries are Allowed to Judge the Law, Not Just the Facts - The Government Can Take Your House and Land, Then Sell Them to Private Corporations - Prescription Drugs Kill Over 100,000 Annually - Work Kills More People Than War
The quality of the other 44 topics ranges from moderately interesting yet trivial ("Adolf Hitler's Blood Relatives are Alive and Well in New York State" and "The Virginia Colonists Practiced Cannibalism") to no-brainers such as "Advertisers' Influence on the News Media is Widespread." There is no consistent theme linking the 50 disparate "things you're not supposed to know," other than the fact that they are "supposed" to be secrets, but that assertion is pure hyperbole. After all, all it takes to find out that the Korean War never ended, that nuclear war almost broke out in 1995, or that LSD was a used as a powerful adjunct to psychotherapy, is a glance at Wikipedia, hardly a repository of repressed esotericism.
This is a pretty good place to start learning "secret" information if you're still embedded in the indoctrination factory we call junior high or high school, and it admittedly makes for decent bathroom reading, but those interested in real bombshells would do well to look elsewhere.
Make sure you read the product details!!! Nov 7, 2006
I paid full retail for this "book" and when I got it, I was disappointed; it is more like a pamphlet! It's about 120 pages and the dimentions are 5" X 5". It's just tiny!!!! I know that the dimensions are listed in the product details portion of the ad, but who the hell reads that; I thought for $10 I would get a "real" book! I wouldn't pay more than two or three dollars for this book and it should be a lot less than that in my opinion. All of the information contained could be found on any "strange facts" web site.