Academic journal article et Cetera

The Experts Speak: The Definitive Compendium of Authoritative Misinformation

Academic journal article et Cetera

The Experts Speak: The Definitive Compendium of Authoritative Misinformation

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Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky. The Experts Speak: The Definitive Compendium of Authoritative Misinformation. New York: Villard, 1998.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines an expert as "a person with a high degree of skill in or knowledge of a certain subject." But, as The Experts Speak points out, that does not mean a person who is infallible. In this updated and expanded edition of their 1984 original, Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky treat you to a couple of thousand examples of just how fallible experts can be. Here is a sampling:

1. "Forget it. Louis, no Civil War picture ever made a nickel."- Irving Thalberg (MGM production executive) telling Louis B. Mayer not to bid for film rights to Margaret Mitchell's novel, Gone With the Wind, -1936.

2. "Come see the light at the end of the tunnel." - Official invitation to New Year's Eve party at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon -- December, 1967.

3. "In 15 years, more electricity will be sold for electric vehicles than for light."- Thomas Alva Edison -- 1910.

4. "Rembrandt is not to be compared in the painting of character to our extraordinarily gifted English artist, Mr. Rippingille. …

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