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Urban Legends Uncovered: An Investigation into the Truths Behind the Myths: An Investigation into the Truth Behind the Myths Paperback – 8 Jan 2006


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (8 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840245549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840245547
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 874,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After the success of the international selling Urban Legends Uncovered, Mark decided to cross the murky and forbidden waters from non-fiction to fiction and so Bad at Being Bad was born.

The book has taken four years to complete and was born out of frustration of how modern businesses operate with their ridiculous and suffocating management procedures.

Mark's first hand business experience coupled with his life-long (and to be honest, quite disturbing) fascination with organised crime, gave him an idea; A surreal world where the world of organised crime tries to unite using the lunacy of modern day business management practices.

Urban Legends Uncovered also took 4 years to complete and started life as a self-published book, before Summersdale Publishing offered an attractive contract for a publishing deal.

Urban Legends Uncovered is an investigation into the sinister and moralistic world of Urban Legends, but with a witty and modern approach that sets it apart from others.

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"uncovers the fact and fiction behind those campfire spine-tinglers"
-- Stranger Mag, September 2007

'the truth behind the urban legends told around office coolers,
bars and playgrounds the world over'
-- Woking News and Mail

`Mark Barber's vivid exploration of urban myths shows how little we've moved psychologically from the cave these past 50,000 years'
-- The Weekend Australian, 13th October 2007

About the Author

Mark Barber lives in Surrey with his wife and daughter. Mark's introduction to the world of urban legends came from the Alex Garland novel The Beach, where the existence of a secret beach is called a 'Kentucky Fried Rat story'. After researching many versions of the same story from all over the world, he realised the power of urban legends, and began investigating how they spread.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By littleowl1412 on 7 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
This book made a fascinating introduction to a subject I'd never given much thought to before. Once you've read it you realise where all the horror films got their plots from! It's a really accessible, easy read which you can dip into or read all in one go.

The book is divided into a variety of subjects, from the kind of scary stories that everyone shared in the playground, to the up to date conspiracy theories about major corporations and international incidents.

You're guaranteed to be fascinated with the subject by the end of this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Wren on 21 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a very well put together book with excellent knowledge of current and pre-existing Urban Legends. This shows how quickly Conspiracy Theories take over fact and enter the mainstream. Excellent book and I thoroughly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Hurmson on 15 July 2008
Format: Paperback
I thought this was a very well written book, it focuses on many of the well-known urban legends and also some of the lesser-known ones. I read this book in just 2 sittings as I found it really difficult to put down. Barber uses language to effectively communicate with the reader, unlike some books I have read on the same subject which are written in an almost clinical way. The fact that there is a website linked to the book means that you won't just read it once and forget about it - you will want to keep updated on unsolved mysteries and the discovery of any possible new urban legends. Overall, a superb book and well worth the money!
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