Give Me a Break

by John Stossel | Biographies & Memoirs | This book has not been rated.
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Registered by wingMelydiawing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 5/2/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingMelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, May 2, 2008
I picked this up at Giant Food in Centreville, Virginia. They were having a promotion where if you bought a scratch-off ticket for a dollar you got a free book, and the dollar went to helping kids with cancer. I've read "Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity" and it was pretty funny, so I figured I might as well give this one a try.

Journal Entry 2 by wingMelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Wednesday, January 21, 2009
This is a quick read. I enjoyed Stossel's conversational tone and his no-nonsense way of addressing the issues. And in general I agree that government needs to shrink, lawsuits need to be reduced, and there's no virtue in being a victim. His anecdotes were a mixture of humorous and maddening, as most stories of government stupidity are. Unfortunately, I don't see this book as convincing anyone with firmer beliefs than the most tenuous of fence-sitters. As a reporter, Stossel knows how to break down complex issues into bite-sized chunks. Unfortunately, that means his evidence is a collection of soundbites from interviews rather than papers and studies you can go look up yourself. Interviews are a good source of information, but I am always wary of nonfiction books lacking a bibliography or at least a "further reading" section.

Giving this to bhodi in Herndon, VA.

Journal Entry 3 by wingMelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, March 22, 2009
Got this back from bhodi in Herndon, VA. He enjoyed it, though in parts it made him angry. He also skipped the last chapter because he figured it would be preaching to the choir anyway. I hope the next reader enjoys it.

Journal Entry 4 by wingMelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Thursday, April 16, 2009
Bringing to the BC in DC Birthday Bash in Washington, DC, on Saturday 18 April 2009. I hope it doesn't come home with me!

Journal Entry 5 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Monday, April 20, 2009
I picked this up during the Birthday Bash because I thought that I might like to give it a try. I tend to like the expose types of books but I am not sure how I will find the writings of John Stossel.

Maybe one day I will get the chance to read this book but Mt. TBR is already at the avalanche stage.

This book is from my personal stash of books to release. I'll be leaving the D.C. area shortly after the 2011 BookCrossing Convention and anything that I don't have to move is all the better. I am putting this book on the book buffet and hoping it finds a good home.

Where will this book end up and what kind of journey will it have along the way?

Journal Entry 7 by Bascula at Arlington, Virginia USA on Monday, April 18, 2011
I picked this up at the book buffet and it is now with me in Pennsylvania. I hope to get it to travel further!

Journal Entry 8 by Bascula at SEPTA Train Station in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, April 18, 2011

Released 11 yrs ago (4/18/2011 UTC) at SEPTA Train Station in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania USA


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