I haven’t written a book review since about the eighth grade but I feel compelled to write this one as an example of how we should expect truth in advertising and demand a refund when it’s not there.
The subject of the Psychology Of Stupidity, edited by Jean-Francois Marmion, is a necessary one. The content of it’s essays are was well. However, ordering the book was a waste of my time and money (although I am getting a refund) and reading it became more than annoying. I decided that if I didn’t demand a refund I’d be contributing to the stupidity quotient.
As for the time lost, you may be thinking that by taking more time to write about the experience I’m seemingly losing more time. Losing time on a bad book sucks, but writing about it isn’t time lost, if it saves other people lost time.
From the sample advertised on Amazon, I had no idea that the book was actually a ruse to trash Trump…. but at every chance some of the essayists took cheap shots.
Whether or not one like Trumps, this gambit destroys their integrity.
I’m amazed if the book’s claims to be a bestseller are true. If it really is the case, I can only assume that the reason is because of the support of two groups: people who agree with the ruse because they hate Trump more than they want to not be stupid about their purchases and those who don’t agree but are too lazy to demand a refund.
The former are like small children- excited to find a plastic prize in a crackerjack box. That comment isn’t to imply that children who are excited about crackerjack prizes are stupid. They’re entitled to be excited about such a hyped up surprise; however, once a reader is grown up he or she should expect more than transparent writing.
Purchasers who made this book a best seller did so either by exchanging their intelligence for a chance to lick their chops each time they can read a trash Trump comment, or by not caring that the editor and some of the writers are dishonest.
Had the book been titled The Psychology of Stupidity And Trump As An Example or Writers Who Think Trump Is Stupid, that would been fair game, saving the time and money spent buying the book, returning it and the disappointment of not buying what was falsely advertised.
I understand that if a reader agrees with the editor’s/writers’ Quixote windmill chasing, it’s tempting to like such a book, but it’s still stupid. Just as with any product, a discerning buyer should demand a refund if the purchased product bought isn’t the product received.
A fool and his money are soon parted. Don’t be a fool about paying for stupidity.