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Book review Title: "1,001 Things They Won't Tell You: An Insider's Guide to Spending, Saving, and Living Wisely" Authors: Jonathan Dahl and the editors of Smart Money, The Wall Street Journal Magazine Publisher: Workman Publishing, 2009; 544 pages; $16.95 list ($11.53 on Amazon.com) Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not actually following you, goes the adage. Similarly, I found with "1,001 Things They Won't Tell You: An Insider's Guide to Spending, Saving, and Living Wisely," just because the premise of the book is paranoid, doesn't mean it doesn't actually have lots of useful, consumer protection-type information. Enough with the double negatives already -- even though I believe the genre of tip compendiums charading as conspiracy busters is borderline passé, I found some valuable tidbits in this book, and I think the average reader will, too. Based on the author's "Ten Things They Won't Tell You" column in Smart Money M...