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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (131 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David H. Freedman Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An eye-opening exploration of why experts are constantly misleading us—and what we can do about it.

Our investments are devastated, obesity is epidemic, blue-chip companies circle the drain, and popular medications turn out to be ineffective and even dangerous. What happened? Didn’t we listen to the scientists, economists, and other experts who promised us that if we followed their advice all would be well?

Actually, those experts are a big reason we’re in this mess. Their expert counsel usually turns out to be wrong—often wildly so. Wrong reveals the dangerously distorted ways experts come up with their advice, and why the most heavily flawed conclusions end up getting the most attention—all the more so in the online era. But there’s hope: Wrong spells out the means by which every individual and organization can do a better job of unearthing the crucial bits of right within a vast avalanche of misleading pronouncements.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What makes Wrong so right—it being as good as any general account of the fragility of what we take as expert knowledge—is that it raises the right questions.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Forcefully argued, focusing on the point where error shades into deceit...Wrong makes a powerful case for the prevalence of scientific ineptitude.”

    Washington Post

  • “Mind-bending…readers of Freedman’s evidence might mitigate their unwarranted trust in the ‘experts’ who so often offer sound bites on the morning television news-entertainment programs as well as the ‘experts’ promoted by Oprah, Dr. Phil and others of that ilk.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “A revealing look at the fallibility of ‘experts,’ and tips on how to glean facts from the mass of published misinformation…Informative and engaging, if not groundbreaking news to more cynical readers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ray | 1/18/2014

    " Freedman tries to make the point that many of the "expert" studies which we read about end up being badly flawed. Of course, that raises the question that, if Freedman is an expert on studies such as these, is he necessarily wrong as well? The best lesson to be learned is the importance of critical thinking, and to be careful about jumping to conclusions based on just release headline news about new studies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maureen Flatley | 1/8/2014

    " A must read that puts our obsession w/ punditry in sharp perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Craig | 1/7/2014

    " I was a little concerned about a book that questions the usefulness of experts, especially given that emotion tends to hijack most of our conversations these days. However, it turns out that was an appropriate amount of skepticism. The author wants us to question the results of experts, particularly scientists, when a number of factors are involved (e.g., filtered through mass media, study author has something to gain from results, etc.). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 1/4/2014

    " Makes me wonder if all research is eventually meaningless. "

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About the Author

David H. Freedman is a business and science journalist who has written for the Atlantic, the New York Times, Newsweek, and Wired, among other publications. He is the author of Brainmakers, Corps Business, and At Large, among others.