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Book Review: Bet You Didn't Know

By Sandy Amazeen Oct 29, 2008, 22:58 GMT

Book Review: Bet You Didn't Know

Statistics maven Cheryl Russell - editorial director of New Strategist Publications and the former editor-in-chief of American Demographics magazine - has spent a career tracking down the facts that many pundits in the media avoid, don\'t know, or don\'t care to know. In "Bet You Didn\'t Know", a fast-paced adventure in trend spotting, she separates facts from fantasy and applies a hefty dose of common sense to provide a deeper ...more

Ever wonder what percentage of Americans plan to work in retirement, the average age fundamentalist Protestants lose their virginity or how many poor households own a color television? Look no further as author and demographer Cheryl Russell has compiled a fascinating set of statistics that reveal a great deal about the country, its people and their living conditions. Yet for all the data, this is an enlightening and entertaining read that grabs the readerís attention with insightful essays, usually 300 words or less, that distill important issues down to the basics. It illustrates the continuing erosion of reason and scientific fact in favor of religious fervor, increasing apathy in lue of action and a deteriorating quality of life that should serve as a gentle wakeup call. Each page holds a surprise, some good; some bad and each one more interesting then the last. Inquiring minds wonít want to miss this one.


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