THE DEFINITIVE COMPENDIUM
OF AUTHORITATIVE MISINFORMATION
Since time immemorial, the experts have offered opinions on
everything under, including, and beyond the sun. And, as time has shown, their conclusions
and opinions are often dead wrong. In 1984, Christopher Cerf, co-editor of The
Politically Correct Dictionary and Handbook and former contributing editor to the National
Lampoon, and Victor Navasky, publisher and editorial director of The Nation,
compiled the first edition of THE EXPERTS SPEAK, hailed by Time magazine as
irreverent, unfair and subversive." Since then, an unprecedented amount of egregious
prognostication, boo-boos, and just plain lies has fostered the need for an expanded and
updated edition of THE EXPERTS SPEAK: The Definitive Compendium of Authoritative
Misinformation (Villard/$ 1 5.00/Publication date: August 12, 1998), filled with
professional miscalculation from the ages.
The rise of the information age¾ the advent of the Internet
and 500 channel televisions¾ has made everyone an expert, and
created, more than ever, a need for this ultimate resource for skeptics. Divided into
sections on "Our Planet Earth," "The Mysteries of Life on Earth,"
"Man, The Social Animal," "Arts and Leisure," "Homo Faber: Man
the Toolmaker," "Of Peoples and Civilizations," and "The March of
Science," THE EXPERTS SPEAK proves that the authorities, talking heads, and
pundits are willing to pontificate on every topic, often with hilarious results,
||The O.J. Simpson Trial
||The Gulf War
||Smoking and Health
||The Crash of 1987: The End of the Great Bull Market
||The End of the Cold War
||The Fall of the Berlin Wall
||Broadway's Greatest Flops: Oklahoma, Grease, Titanic and more
||The Evils of Masturbation
||Rock 'n' Roll: A Passing Fad
||The Rookies Who Couldn't Make It: Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, John Elway
Fully authenticated and uncluttered by a narrative
pretending to spurious objectivitypreferring to let the false expertise, misguided
predictions and hypothetical speculations speak for themselvesTHE EXPERTS SPEAK is
a droll examination of those sure things that turned out to be dead wrong.
The Definitive Compendium
of Authoritative Misinformation
"Just a fad, a
Phil Wrigley, Chicago Cubs owner,
commenting on the advent of night baseball, C. 1935
"Bill Clinton will lose to any Republican nominee who doesn't drool
on the stage."
The Wall Street Journal, editorial, October 30, 1995
"Race is not, and will not be an issue in this case."
during a private conference in the chambers of Judge Lance Ito, October 19, 1994
"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their
President of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977
"Can't act. Can't sing. Balding. Can dance a little."
M-6-M executive, reacting to Fred Astaire's screen test, 1928
"The message of October, 1987, should not be taken lightly. The
great bull market is over."
Robert R. Prechter, in Business Week, November 30, 1987
"Let me tell you something about this AIDS epidemic. There is not
one single case of AIDS reported in this country that cannot be traced in origin to
Sen. Jesse Helms, October, 1988
"I am never going to get divorced and that's that.
Whatever people may think and say, I am very happy, thank you very much."
Lady Diana, Princess of Wales,
quoted in Good Housekeeping, April 1991
"Forget it, Louis, no Civil War picture ever made a nickel."
Irving Thalberg's warning to Louis B. Mayer regarding Gone With the Wind
"He'll never be any good."
Robert Irsay, owner of the Baltimore Colts,
after trading newly drafted quarterback John Elway
to the Denver Broncos, 1983
||ABOUT THE AUTHORS
||Christopher Cerf is the co-editor of The Politically Correct Dictionary and
Handbook and The 80s: A Look Back at the Tumultuous Decade, 1980-1989. He is a
former contributing editor to the National Lampoon, and he co-edited the newspaper
parody Not the New York Times.
Victor Navasky is the publisher and editorial
director of The Nation. He is the author of
the American Book Award winner Naming Names and Kennedy Justice.
||THE EXPERTS SPEAK
The Definitive Compendium of Authoritative Misinformation
by Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky
Trade Paperback/480 pages/$15.00
Publication Date: August 12, 1998
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