Trust Us, We’re Experts PA

Paperback $15.95

Jan 14, 2002 | 368 Pages

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Jan 14, 2002 | 368 Pages

  • Paperback $15.95

    Jan 14, 2002 | 368 Pages

  • Ebook $12.99

    Jan 14, 2002 | 368 Pages

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“If you want to know how the world wags, and who’s wagging it, here’s your answer. Read, get mad, roll up your sleeves, and fight back. Rampton and Stauber have issued a wake-up call we can’t ignore.” —Bill Moyers

“If you’ve ever wanted to see a TV spin doctor hog-tied and dragged through the streets, Rampton and Stauber do the next best thing. This book is modern muckraking of the best variety, skewering hype and showing us how to separate real experts from snake oil salesmen and hired corporate know-it-alls.”  —Jim Hightower

Trust Us, We’re Experts is a brilliant piece of investigative journalism and a powerful vaccine against the stupefying effects of the corporate PR machine. Spread it around!” —Barbara Ehrenreich

“Rampton and Stauber have once again exposed the ugly underbelly of corporate America’s psychological war on our citizens. Trust Us, We’re Experts! shows how giant corporations employ sophisticated psychiatric techniques, unscrupulous public figures, paid biostitutes, junk science, tainted studies and clever PR mercenaries in a relentless effort to market products that routinely kill, maim, deform and poison consumers and our environment.” —Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President, Water Keeper Alliance

“Finally a long-overdue expose of the shenanigans and subterfuge that lie behind the making of experts in America. Rampton and Stauber take us behind the scenes, inside corporate boardrooms, where marketing chiefs literally manufacture their own ‘independent experts’ to defend their products and practices. This groundbreaking book gives us a first look into the seamy side of corporate public relations, where academic experts of every stripe and kind are bought in various ways. An eye-opener.” —Jeremy Rifkin

“This is a great book, and I think you should buy it. But since the point of the book is to get you to think for yourself and not trust experts, perhaps you should thumb through it yourself for a little while. I think of it as a field guide to the kinds of lies you can expect from the information age.” —Bill McKibben

“Rampton and Stauber’s book explodes the cult of expertise and shows how easily the media and their readers can be misled by public relations claims masquerading as science. This book makes the best case I know for complete disclosure of the financial conflicts of interest of scientists and the corporate influence on university research.” —Sheldon Krimsky, Tufts University Professor, author of Hormonal Chaos: The Scientific and Social Origins of the Environmental Endocrine Hypothesis

Table Of Contents

Trust Us, We’re Experts!Preface: The Smell TestPart I: The Age of Illusion
1. The Third Man
2. The Birth of Spin
3. Deciding What You’ll Swallow

Part II: Risky Business
4. Dying for a Living
5. Packaging the Beast
6. Preventing Precaution
7. Attack of the Killer Potatoes

Part III: The Expertise Industry
8. The Best Science Money Can Buy
9. The Junkyard Dogs
10. Global Warming Is Good For You
11. Questioning Authority

Appendix: Recommended Resources

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