Well it has been a busy couple of weeks and not much reading has happened so I'm pleased I actually read our May Book Circle title last month!
May Book: Bad Science
Author: Ben Goldacre
First Published: 2008
From the blurb:
” Dr Ben Goldacre dispenses fast and powerful relief from:
Evil pharmaceutical corporations. ”
On the cover:
“Includes a brilliant, shocking and previously unpublishable new chapter”.
Pardon me but I was turned off before I started. For a supposed scientifically-based expose there was just way to much emotive language in this book. Words on the cover like “scaremongering”, ‘flaky”, “powerful relief’, “shocking” and, best of all “evil” well I was on the back foot before I started.
I’ve never liked conspiracy-theorists and this is one of the best. While I agree with quite a bit of what Dr Goldacre has to say (I did like some chapters) it just left me wondering what type of person would write it? And what type of person would buy it? I’m obviously in the minority because this non-fiction book was a Sunday Times (UK) top 10 bestseller.
I was brought up with the maxim “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all”. So I guess I would prefer to read something positive. And this was negativeness in its extreme.
Melissa’s rating : 2/10(It got 2 because I wholeheartedly agreed with his comments rubbishing the premise of detoxing).