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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (845 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Stossel Narrator: John Stossel Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ballooning government? Millionaire welfare queens? Tort lawyers run amok? A $330,000 outhouse, paid for with your tax dollars? John Stossel says, "Give me a break."

When he hit the airwaves thirty years ago, Stossel chased snake-oil peddlers, rip-off artists, and corporate thieves, winning the applause of his peers.

But along the way, he noticed that there was something far more troublesome going on: While the networks screamed about the dangers of coffee pots, worse risks were ignored.

In Give Me a Break, Stossel explains how ambitious bureaucrats, intellectually lazy reporters, and greedy lawyers make your life worse even as they claim to protect your interests. Taking on such sacred cows as the FDA, the War on Drugs, and scare-mongering environmental activists -- and backing up his trademark irreverence with careful reasoning and research -- he shows how the problems that government tries and fails to fix can be solved better by the extraordinary power of the free market.

He traces his journey from cub reporter to 20/20 co-anchor, revealing his battles to get his ideas to the public, his struggle to overcome stuttering, and his eventual realization that, for years, much of his reporting missed the point.

Stossel concludes the book with a modest proposal for change. It's a simple plan in the spirit of the Founding Fathers to ensure that America remains a place "where free minds -- and free markets -- make good things happen."

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s nothing matter-of-fact about John Stossel’s fact-finding. He seeks the truths that destroy truisms, wields reason against all that’s unreasonable, and uses and upholds the ideals that puncture sanctimonious idealism. He loves liberty in a way that goes far beyond liberalism. He makes the maddening mad. And Stossel’s tales of the outrageous are outrageously amusing.”

    P. J. O’Rourke, New York Times bestselling author of Parliament of Whores

  • “Stossel is that rare creature, a TV commentator who understands economics in all its subtlety. Read this fascinating book to learn—by example after example—how the indirect, unseen effects of government policies often dominate the direct, seen effects. Again and again, policies have effects the opposite of those intended.”

    Milton Friendman, Nobel Prize–winning economist

  • “Stossel is one of the most tenacious, insightful reporters of all time, a true forerunner in investigative journalism.”

    Sean Hannity

  • “A riveting, enlightening read from one of America’s ablest and most courageous journalists. Stossel brilliantly practices what most in the media only preach.”

    Steve Forbes, editor of Forbes magazine

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sonia | 2/20/2014

    " This book made me mad; it was a real eye-opener on how important it is to have tort reform in this country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stephen K. | 2/8/2014

    " A must read for everyone. A detailed account of all the dirty sharks and their practices! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erik Hartman | 1/16/2014

    " If you like John Stossel, this book is for you. Pretty interesting stuff about how things really are different than we think and get told in the media. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by George Shubin | 1/5/2014

    " It's a fun read if you like John Stossel, who confirms what we already know about the liberal-leftist politically-correct nonsense we have to wade through. "

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