By Sharon Presley, Ph.D.
Offers a practical toolkit that provides specific techniques to help people stand up to and deal effectively with experts in a wide range of contexts. It looks at specific settings in which authorities or experts can bamboozle people, including institutions (e.g., schools, bureaucracies), the workplace (e.g., dealing with bosses, evaluations, and raises), media (e.g., news programs, magazines, self-help books), and services (e.g., medical care, lawyers, customer service, contractors, psychologists). It also explores how to stand up for your rights and the rights of others with the police and other government agencies. Paperback. List price, $21.95; Amazon price, $21.95, Laissez Faire price, $19.00; our price $18.50.
“I love this book! I wish I would have written this book! This is skepticism for the real world, an introduction on how to think, a manual for the survival of the human race. Sharon Presley is the Ralph Nader of bad ideas, the consumer advocate of bogus claims and phony experts.”
— Michael Shermer, Ph.D., Publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, author of Why People Believe Weird Things and The Borderlands of Science
“Sharon Presley is a consistent voice of insight and calm reasoning in a world of turmoil and frequent spin. She asks of us what we should ask of ourselves -- critical thinking and respect for our own rights and the rights of others as human beings…Presley helps readers to make sense in the midst of the nonsensical and to engage in a process of searching for truth.”
— Norman Solomon, author of War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death
"A sensible, practical, easy-to-read book that could literally save your career, your sanity, or even your life, shows us how to think for ourselves and to protect our rights in difficult and even life-threatening situations when dealing with authorities and experts"
— Peter R. Breggin, MD, author of Talking Back to Prozac and Medication Madness
"With this book, Sharon Presley has done a great service not just to those of us who want to resist undue authority influence but to those of us who want to understand the psychology of how such influence occurs.”
— Robert B. Cialdini, Ph.D.
Author, Influence: Science and Practice
Dr. Sharon Presley is a social psychologist and retired college professor who has frequently written and spoken on obedience and resistance to authority. She is the Executive Director of Resources for Independent Thinking and the co-editor of Exquisite Rebel: The Essays of Voltairine de Cleyre.