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Book Review: Give Me a Break

I picked up an autographed copy of John Stossel's book Give Me a Break when I went to his lecture.

I don't intend this to be a thorough book review; I just wanted to share a few thoughts about it.

The early portion of the book has biographical information about his early career, and how the things he reported on gradually led him to libertarianism. I very much liked this part of the book; it's gratifying to read about people learning libertarian principles by induction.

Most of the rest of the book is a written exposition of his many TV specials. I've only seen a few of his specials, so much of this material was fresh to me. However, chapters based on the specials I had seen were less interesting because the material wasn't new. The similarity between those chapters and the corresponding TV specials was very strong.

The book is written in a very accessible and engaging style. It's an easy read for adults or teenagers, and at less than 300 pages it doesn't take forever to read. I think the strongest chapter was "Government" and the weakest was "The Trouble with Lawyers".

Sophisticated libertarians won't learn much from this book; they aren't its audience. But it's a great book for everyone else. I recommend it.

Tiny Island