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Monday, April 03, 2006

Panic Nation

An excellent book by Stanley Feldman and Vincent Marks, Panic Nation surveys several of the irrational panics, from DDT to beef, which have swept Britain over the past years, and shows how they become widespread and embedded in conventional wisdom despite their loose connection with reality. Though told from a British perspective, the book should be equally valuable to Americans.

[There is no point reading the US reviews, which are an off-topic political argument. has more and better information.]