"If you’ve ever been at a wedding or conference or on board a United connection from O’Hare, and been cornered by a man with Theories About It All, and you came away thinking, 'That was a great experience,' have I got the book for you." I wrote a review.
Jared Diamond thinks phones are ruining America because we check them so often. That’s definitely what I was doing while reading his book UPHEAVAL, stumbling on claim after questionable claim, and fact-check-Googling from bed. The result was this review.
"Then, before long, the first mistake caught my eye; soon, the 10th. Then graver ones. Errors, along with generalizations, blind spots and oversights, that called into question the choice to publish." Anand Giridharadas reviews "Upheaval" by Jared Diamond
The book also raises hard questions about megastar authors who are allowed to publish whatever they want, perhaps with little oversight and scrutiny, and the difficulty for others of even getting a meeting.
I recommend this takedown of a successful writer who didn't do his homework, and adore this nod, at the end, to a historian who does. By
Why do book publishers “give some people, and only some, the platform, and burden, to theorize about everything”? And give so many others from the “wrong” backgrounds not even a meeting? Or, What the Jared Diamond upheaval-collapse says about publishing.
And we need to reconsider the 30,000-foot book as a genre. It is a dated concept of a "big book." A genre that tries to turn mansplaining into literature. There are exciting new kinds of big books being written, like Jill Lepore's THESE TRUTHS.
This is a truly terrific trashing of Jared Diamond's latest book, by . "What to Do When You’re a Country in Crisis" - The New York Times
this is a book review, yes, but it's also a flag & burning sword under which i'd very happily march awhile:
Oof, it’s not just Naomi Wolf having a bad time with huge mistakes in a new book. Here’s the New York Times taking a sledgehammer to Jared Diamond’s latest tome What to Do When You’re a Country in Crisis - The New York Times
Here's another case, Jared Diamond's new book, where the fact-checking was patchy at best
This resonates so much. From 's scathing review of Jared Diamond's new book
Scathing review of the new Jared Diamond book by . Full of glaring errors and sweeping generalizations that only authors like Diamond could get away with.
Now this, my friends and virtual acquaintances, is how to take down a bad book: What to Do When You’re a Country in Crisis
Brutal take down of Diamond's latest book, too, in Times
This review is really good. The book, well...
Coming out in print this weekend. A razor sharp review.
"If you’ve ever been at a wedding or conference or on board a United connection from O’Hare, and been cornered by a man with Theories About It All, and you came away thinking, 'That was a great experience,' have I got the book for you."
"The time has come for those of us who work in book-length nonfiction to insist that professional fact-checking become as inalienable from publishing as publicity, marketing and jacket design"
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What to Do When You’re a Country in Crisis. Lots of good stuff worth reading in this ⁦⁩ review of Jared Diamond’s most recent book, as well as others like it.
I think this review of Jared Diamond's Upheaval marks the beginning of the end of the Big History fad. Can't say I'm too upset. Always kinda hated the genre, with the exception of a few people who have the depth to pull it off like Fukuyama.
powerful review... What to Do When You’re a Country in Crisis
Worst of all is your illiberal anti-science attitude that history should only be written "from the soil up, not the sky down." Narrative, theoretical, and scientific histories all have a place. Testing hypotheses about the past is viable.
Hoo boy! This is a devastating critique of Jared Diamond’s new book. I personally can’t stand books like this but makes it clear. The publisher should pull this in shame.
“...I know so many younger writers, especially women and people of color, who are smart, thoughtful, buttoned up and pretty damn accurate...who know in their bones that, if they were ever this sloppy, their career would be over before it had even begun.”
The perils of letting the “framework” of your book overpowers the underlying facts. ⁦⁩ with a devastating review of Jared Diamond’s UPHEAVAL — and of so many other Big Think books
[He thinks phones are ruining America because people check them every 4 minutes. But I have to say, I was doing just that while reading his book, and I was doing it because so many things I read didn’t sound accurate ...]
And check out this devastating takedown of Diamond's latest pile of trash hackery
Great review of Jared Diamond’s new book. Why is the world of research represented by these fuckups? h/t
"The time has come for...professional fact-checking [to] become...inalienable from publishing...and at the publisher’s expense rather than as a cost passed on to the author, who, understandably, will often choose to spend her money on health care."
I'll quit tweeting when he stops writing good ones.
For those interested, here's review. It's a great read, not only for the book it covers, but for nonfiction writing in general.
Wow, this is brutal & on-the-mark. I have to confess that I also have a fatal weakness for Theories of Everything, but I would never be crazy enough to write mine down in a book.
"Sometimes the book feels written from a drying well of lifelong research rather than from the latest facts."
What to do when you’re a country in crisis: I’ve noticed that a pretty disproportionate fraction of readers who read in the quiet of 30,000 feet have a preference for writers who write from the viewpoint of 30,000 feet — on Diamond’s new book
Ouch! Scathing, detailed review by suggests Jared Diamond's latest book is a bridge too far for even popular audience "grand unifying theory" books, and indicts the genre. Calls to mind critiques of many others--e.g., Pinker, Chua & Rubenfeld
“So many younger writers, especially women and poc, who are smart, thoughtful, buttoned up and pretty damn accurate…would kill for an opening to publish a book w a serious publisher—&…know…that, if they were ever this sloppy, their career would be over”
What to Do When You’re a Country in Crisis