The very best journalism from one of Britain’s most admired and outspoken science writers, author of the bestselling Bad Science and Bad Pharma.
Have I heard of Ben Goldacre? I think so. Have I ever read his articles? Somehow, I haven’t. Do I enjoy someone picking apart falsehoods in reporting and research? You betcha. So this collection was ridiculously enjoyable.
My background is journalism, and I have a lot of fundamental problems with misreporting of stuff. I’ve even boycotted the news after years of it being my background TV, so seeing Goldacre take science reporting in various forms and pick apart the inaccuracies was just good ol’ nitpicking fun.
But beyond that, it’s quite ridiculous the liberties taken by some academics, companies and journalists in some really serious topics. You take much of the press with a pinch of salt, but flat out lies is quite a surprise in a lot of cases.
This is a circular review. Basically, if you like someone tackling things head on when they’re wrong, with a bit of sarcasm, but a whole load of knowledge and research behind their articles, then this is just great. If you like science, I daresay you’ll find something to enjoy too. If you like getting lazily angry at the wrongs of the world, like papers who profit on lies, you’ll find those boxes well and truly ticked. It’s just very good, I think.