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Bigger Secrets: More Than 125 Things They Prayed You'd Never Find out [Paperback]

Poundstone
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12 April 1996
A remarkable compilation of inside information, confirming the uncensored truth about some of America's top secrets, from the important to the amusing. Follows the success of Poundstone's Big Secrets.
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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade); Reissue edition (12 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395530083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395530085
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,385,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Big Secrets" (and its sequel, "Bigger Secrets") are wonderful. The thing I like best about them is Poundstone's own honesty--he doesn't keep any secrets of his own. He tells you exactly _how_ he found out what he found out.

A Shriner may pledge that if he divulges the secrets of his order, he may incur "the penalty of having my eyeballs pierced to the center with a three-edged blade." But Poundstone discovered a Masonic supply house ("The Geo. Lauterer Corporation") that works by mail order and doesn't check ID, ordered a selection of titles, and tells us all of the inside skinny on IAOM and Tubal-Cain.

"Big Secrets" tells as much as Poundstone could find out about the secret formula for Coca-Cola and Kentucky Fried Chicken. It tells how the Rorschach test works and how to cheat on it. It tells several methods by which magicians saw a woman in two (you see, one of them is patented, so if you write the patent office and ask for patent #1,458,575...)

"Bigger Secrets" is equally good, maybe better. I think my favorite is his description of what the Rosicrucians are really like, but his explanation of how David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty Vanish and his analysis of backward and "subliminal" messages in records and movies are also excellent.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bigger Disappointment!!! 2 July 1998
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The Big, Bigger, and Biggest Secrets are why anyone would buy the sequels after reading the original unless they were foolish enough to buy all three at once as I was. Very deceptive and Poundstone hedges a great deal. Much is not worth knowing and what is comes across as questionable. Spend your money on something else. Amazon has too many GREAT books to waste money on these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific--and he tells you exactly how he did it. 8 Mar 1997
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Format:Paperback
"Big Secrets" (and its sequel, "Bigger Secrets") are wonderful. The thing I like best about them is Poundstone's own honesty--he doesn't keep any secrets of his own. He tells you exactly _how_ he found out what he found out.

A Shriner may pledge that if he divulges the secrets of his order, he may incur "the penalty of having my eyeballs pierced to the center with a three-edged blade." But Poundstone discovered a Masonic supply house ("The Geo. Lauterer Corporation") that works by mail order and doesn't check ID, ordered a selection of titles, and tells us all of the inside skinny on IAOM and Tubal-Cain.

"Big Secrets" tells as much as Poundstone could find out about the secret formula for Coca-Cola and Kentucky Fried Chicken. It tells how the Rorschach test works and how to cheat on it. It tells several methods by which magicians saw a woman in two (you see, one of them is patented, so if you write the patent office and ask for patent #1,458,575...)

"Bigger Secrets" is equally good, maybe better. I think my favorite is his description of what the Rosicrucians are really like, but his explanation of how David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty Vanish and his analysis of backward and "subliminal" messages in records and movies are also excellent.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bigger and Better 26 Aug 2000
By Patrick Burnett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
You probably have not read my review of "Big Secrets", so you have no idea of my absolute disdain for that work. So the fact that I have pumped my opinion of this one up to four stars probably will not shock you at all.
It's obvious that Poundstone has learned since releasing "Big Secrets". He's learned to tell a better story, learned to create suspense, learned what information is utterly useless dreck and what is genuinely entertaining. Both he and the reader benefit from this a great deal.
He's still making wildly speculative guesses about food contents, but here we get a nice tale about how he went about obtaining a sample of Oysters Rockefeller and sent it to a lab. He's still giving away magicians' secrets, but now we are amused by the little backstory he gives his investigation. Overall, this book is better written and is a better read.
One complaint I still have is Poundstone's attitude. His tone is snotty throughout the book; he is critical of people who don't know enough to dress for Antoine's restaurant, of Disneyland, of magicians in general. Rather than revel in the fun of discovery and slyly let you in on the joke, he uses his words to puncture secrets and deflate them, like an evil older brother spilling the beans about Santa Claus. If you are a fan of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, his expose' will seem particularly harsh.
"Secrets" is fun and will definitely entertain you. I hope the author continues to learn and grow with each book. If so, I look forward to "Biggest Secrets"
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly handy and the best of the "Secrets" trilogy. 17 April 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Bigger Secrets, the best of Poundstone's Secrets trilogy, solves the mysteries behind everything from the ingredients in heavily-guarded recipes tobackwards masking in records. I have read the book again and again, not only to refresh my memory on some of the facts he includes but alsoto enjoy Poundstone's concise and drily witty prose. In short, this book will rock your house(and give you cocktail party chitchat fodder foryears to come)
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poundstone does it again.....and even better this time 7 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Is there anything this man cannot find out? An extremely well-writen book, Pounstone leaves no stone unturned when revealing some of the world's greatest secrets, such as the truth behind subliminal images and how some of the most famous magic tricks were really done. His style of writing is very clear, and often humorous. After reading this volume, you'll want to read the whole set!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Poundstone, the master of secrets! 9 Sep 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Bill knows how to tell a secret, more than just revealing the "punch line" he gives you back up and history. This book and the other two have only one thing lacking!

When will volume four be published???

Herbert L. Becker
Author
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