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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1ST edition (May 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076114076X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761140764
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 4.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Featuring:

The President who left the nuclear launch codes in a suit at the dry cleaners, page 51

The movie star who blew the same line through 52 takes, page 10

The cellist who forgot his $2.5 million instrument in a taxi, page 137

The studio head who couldn't recall the name of his Oscar-winning leading lady, page 27

The Russian general who left home in full military dress, minus his pants, page 68

The bank robber who wrote the holdup note on a paycheck stub, which listed his name and address, page 123

The rocker who no longer remembers 1975, page 105

And of course, the novelist who put the orange juice outside and the kitten in the refrigerator, page 152

About the Author

Tom Friedman is a writer, editor, and George Foster Peabody Award–winning documentary producer. He lives in Northern California.

Customer Reviews

Fun book to give friends for a gift.
Kathleen Norstein
They not only fill the book with irrelevant fluff but stretch the author's credibility.
Yoda
Enjoyed all the funny stories about senior moments!!
Andrea K.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Smarm E. Caterpillar on June 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Tom Friedman's new book is just in time for...um, wait, I knew it a second ago...

Well, whether its on time, late for an appointment, or in completely the wrong place, this book is fantastic. It's a read you won't be able to put down, because you'll want to read about these famous mishaps until you reach the end of the road. It is laugh-out-loud funny, and your favorite famous person is sure to be in there, and doing something forgetful.

My favorite moment was Mick Jagger's, who, when offered $5 million for his memoirs at age 25....had to return the money because he couldn't remember enough about his own life.

Priceless.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Tom Friedman's humorous and well-researched collection of outrageous moments of forgetfulness in business, theater, politics, and every day life is sure to be a favorite. At least, it will make you feel somewhat better about yourself when you forget the keys, a name, or an appointment.

We are in the immortal company of the forgetful Albert Einstein, Doris Day, and Mark Twain, who claimed to be so deteriorated in his faculties that he "cannot remember any but the things that never happened."

This one's a keeper and you'll find yourself quoting from it often!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Yoda on December 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a short book with a large number of stories that purport to show forgetful moments. The stories are all relatively short. Most are about a paragraph and almost none are more than two.

For any such books the stories would have to fulfill one or, ideally, a number of criteria for such a book to be considered a success. Unfortunately this book fulfills none of the needed required. For example, it would be nice of the stories were witty. Unfortunately just about none are. It would also be nice if they were able to provide some insight into forgetfulness and aging. Again, few are. Very importantly, the stories should at least be entertaining. Another criteria that goes unfulfilled.

Also, quite a few of the stories can be cannot be considered even relevant to the topic. It is as if they are included only as filler to be able to complete the book, in much the same manner that many music "albums" have quite a bit of fluff just around the occasional hit or two so they justify their being marketed and sold as such. For example there is a story on how a jail was opened without prison doors as an example of the responsible engineers "forgetting" to add them in. More likely there was a problem with the contractors or spec problems that prevented them from being built on time as opposed to "forgetfulness" playing any part. There is another story of a doctor in antiquity claiming he was so good at his practice that he would never die from an illness. Then he fell down a set of stairs and broke his neck. This story, like a quite a few others, do not even bear on forgetfulness in any manner. They not only fill the book with irrelevant fluff but stretch the author's credibility.

All and all, as a result, only a one star book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By OxfordDECA on June 22, 2011
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I bought this book for my 80 year old Grandmother for mother's day and she's always quoting it to people. It's very funny and informative. It kinda reminds me of watching the opening sequence of a late night show (like Conan or Leno), because it's about real people, but then it makes fun of them, ya know?
Great gift, for a great price.... only wish the print was bigger, because after all it is for old people and my poor granny has to ask someone to read some of it for her at times...
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Leanda on November 5, 2006
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The book is full of short snippets regarding memory lapses from all ages. It is not a book of anecdotes on Senior Moments at all. There are several funny stories. But if you are purchasing this for a gift for a senior, expecting what the title pronounces, you may be disappointed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Smetana on May 18, 2010
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Nice short segments for those whose minds tend to wander... so you can stay on track. Some very interesting senior moments of national importance that I was not previously aware of. Good reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scorched Earth on August 23, 2012
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This book is humorous, and a great gift for those reaching the years where trying to be hip makes them likely to break one! Not that I am nearly that old. The book does prove that any one, at any time, can have what is termed a senior moment. Even the best and the brightest.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paisley on April 22, 2011
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I purchased this book for a friend who just turned 50. I had a chance to read several of the stories, and found that I am in good company with some very famous people. My friend loves the book and when she finds she has lost or forgotten something, she will send me an e-mail comparing herself to someone in the book. It has been great for her.
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