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I'm about halfway through GCBC. It's an interesting but frustrating read. I enjoy the technicalities, even though it slows down the read somewhat. It's the constant re-stating of the same points that is driving me nuts. Given that the theory "obese people are fat because they're lazy and gluttonous" is the conventional wisdom, he doesn't need to keep re-stating it or re-phrasing it every time he's coming up with a counter-theory. I think the book could have used a really good editor who had the force of character to say to the author that some of his clever phrasings were unnecessary and should be tossed. Let's hope that happened with his new one.
It is quite the slog of a read..but the research he presents is worth it. His new book out this week is supposed to be a streamlined version.
Taubses' book is one of my all time favorites. He is a well-respected science reporter who decided to look into the science behind the claims that low carb is bad, and what he uncovered was over half a century of bad science, perverted research, etc. This book is heavy on science, but even if you don't have patience with all the data, you can still get a wealth of valuable information. Taubes is all about the science, never had a weight problem himself, doesn't sell anything but writing, and has been attacked by the main stream who are clearly threatened by this Harvard educated science writer.
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots. Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism
The most frustrating thing about GCBC is how I can only remember half of it.
Nah. The most frustrating thing about the book is that people forget half the book and then try and apply what they do remember. Then they come up with gems like "I can eat all the fat I want and not gain weight!" and wonder why they are not taken seriously...