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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics

cover of ''Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics: A Critical Analysis of Claims Made by the Office of National Drug Control Policy''

Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics: A Critical Analysis of Claims Made by the Office of National Drug Control Policy by Matthew B. Robinson and Renee G. Scherlen

From the preface:

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics"
—Mark Twain, 1907

Actually it is not fair to say that statistics are lies (as Mark Twain claimed), or that statistics lie (as so many others often claim). It is more accurate to say that statistics can be used to lie. That is, they can be manipulated to support any argument, including a knowingly false argument.


"In Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics, the authors analyze the Office of National Drug Control Policy's use of statistics when supporting or creating drug policy. Throughout the book, the reader is exposed to many statistical manipulations that created public sentiment, consequently assisting in the enactment of many drug policies still in use today"

Battin, Joshua R. "Lies, Damned Lies, And Drug War Statistics: A Critical Analysis Of Claims Made By The Office Of National Drug Control Policy." Journal Of Criminal Justice & Popular Culture 15.3 (2008): 117-120. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Hip Hop Family Tree

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Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

"The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium ae" the comic book?

From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker graphic novel Wizzywig, comes this explosively entertaining, encyclopedic history of the formative years of the music genre that changed global culture.

Originally serialized on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, The Hip Hop Family Tree is now collected in a single volume cleverly presented and packaged in a style mimicking the Marvel comics of the same era. Piskor's exuberant yet controlled cartooning takes you from the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios, and radio stations where the scene started to boom, capturing the flavor of late-1970s New York City in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail...Like the acclaimed hip hop documentaries Style Wars and Scratch, The Hip Hop Family Tree is an exciting and essential cultural chronicle and a must for hip hop fans, pop-culture addicts, and anyone who wants to know how it went down back in the day."

from the publisher’s website

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