Friday, November 07, 2008

Dumb books by dumb authors

Sometimes authors try to make money by selling books that make stupid predictions about the future. When the future doesn't turn out as planned, the authors look like the idiots they are.

Reading a post on David Lereah Watch got me thinking of some of the dumb prediction books out there. Here are a few noted offenders, in chronological order:
  • Dow 36,000 by James K. Glassman and Kevin A. Hassett, 1999
If you think of any others, please add them to the comments.


  1. I haven't read any of these books but have great familiarity with "Dow 36,000" and "Why the Real Estate Boom Will Not Bust ...".

    It's rumored (I don't know this for sure), that these books will be included as a free sign-up bonus incentive if you become one of the few privileged to pay $4,500.00 for the "short sale" seminar coming to your local Hilton soon:

    "Earn millions of dollars from short sales. If you sign-up within five minutes immediately following the end of this seminar you only have to pay $4,500.00 for this program that will change your life forever. Normally, this same program retails for $6,250.00. If you're one of the first 10 to sign up, you'll receive, included free of charge, two life altering books, 'Dow 36,000' and 'Why the Real Estate Boom Will Not Bust'. What are you waiting for? You can do what you've always done or you can change your life now. Here's the pen, just sign by the 'x'!"

    Killing one dream at a time by selling one dream at a time. Unbelievable!

  2. Haha - I actually remember the "Great Depression of 1990" book. I have to admit that I bought into it a little bit, but it was a learning experience and I never really paid much attention to any of the others.

  3. They should put these poor books to rest! Mary Patrick Kavanaugh is having a funeral for her unpublished book, maybe someone could throw a few of these books into the grave too to put them out of their pain! Seriously you have to check out this site- it is hilarious!

  4. err, das kapital is actually coming true. not to be added to the list