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Slow Burn: The great american antismoking scam (and why it will fail), by Don Oakley (Eyrie Press, $15.95).

Synopsis: The efforts to curb smoking are insane. The author has been smoking for 53 years and is not only in good health but robust health. If anything, smokers are healthier than nonsmokers. Discouraging smoking only warps minds.

Representative quote: "The emotional confusion that many of the smoking fetishists seem to suffer is another consequence of the demonizing of tobacco and smoking. How much better off everyone would be if people could simply enjoy smoking--without guilt, without shame, without health worries."

Noteworthy flaw: Publisher probably won't issue updated edition after author dies of emphysema.

Small Criminals Among Us: How to Recognize and Change Children's Antisocial Behavior--Before They Explode, by Gad Czudner, PhD (New Horizon Press, $14.95).

Synopsis: Let your kid stay up past her bedtime, and next thing you know she'll be sticking up White Hens.

Representative quote: "If a parent allows a baby who cries to gain control and achieve her goal, the baby will quickly learn the benefits of crying....If this happens with a potentially criminal child, that control and power can be dangerous, eventually leading to serious criminality."

Noteworthy flaw: Most parents who care enough to read this book are already not the sort of lax, indifferent caregivers who seem to produce the great majority of criminals.

The Decline of Males, by Lionel Tiger (Golden Books, $23).

Synopsis: The power and status of men are in decline, while for women they are on the ascent, leading to shattered family structure and single parenthood. Nobody even wants babies anymore.

Representative quote: "Fertility itself has ceased to be an irrefutable human value. Serious demographers even ponder why people want children at all, as if there was a genuine mystery about it."

Noteworthy flaw: Must be the same demographers puzzled by the "chocolate phenomenon."

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