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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (January 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598699105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598699104
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Greenberg (Los Angeles, CA) is an experienced actor and even more experienced asshole. His acting career has included stints in regional theatre, off-Broadway musicals, and NYC'S Gotham City Improv Company. Currently, he performs improvisational comedy with the L.A. Connection Comedy. Greenberg lives at home with a wife, three children, two dogs, and several cats in an old house that Bob Vila would run from.



Dennis Lavalle (Los Angeles, CA) has dealt with plenty of not-ready-for-primetime assholes as a Hollywood acting coach. A graduate of New York University, Lavalle knows what it takes to properly pull off the asshole attitude on both coasts. He credits his wife Jeanne and their two kids for saving him from a life of meaningless sexual interludes ending in an alcohol-induced death face-down in the gutter.



Chris Illuminati is a freelance writer and fulltime a**hole. He's a regular contributor to sites like AskMen.com, Asylum.com, and TheBachelorGuy.com, and pretends to be witty daily on www.chrisilluminati.com. He lives with his wife in New Jersey.


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Boring, annoying and meaningless.
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This book is a great read, and doesn't need to be taken for just laughs.
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Helped me understand how some guys think.
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34 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jared Castle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 15, 2009
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A**holeology thrusts a pink slip at the self-help industry, celebrating a**holes and their achievements at our expense while clarifying what makes them different (and more successful) than douche bags. This step-by-step guide will help you redefine victory and teach you how to be an a**hole, at work, at play and, most importantly, with the opposite sex.

A**holeology answers "Why are books, movies, and television shows about a**holes so popular?" Ask a person to describe a**holes and they spit out, "Vile! Loathsome! Arrogant! Self-centered! Belligerent! A jerk! The worst of the worst! The lowest of the low!" All are accurate descriptions however, while you were stuttering through a litany of insults, the a**hole moved in on your girlfriend or iced you out of a major promotion. Likely, he did both.

The book's title led me to believe we would steer into crude seas. I fondly recalled Dirty Jokes and Beer by Drew Carey, a profane little memoir about "boozing, throwing dice, and chasing skirts" that substituted transitional paragraphs with dick jokes. However, aside from the titular profanity, A**holeology closely resembles The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.

Authors and self-proclaimed a**holes Steve Greenberg, Dennis Lavalle and Chris Illuminati skillfully balance sarcasm with sage advice. Unapologetic in their approach, they serve up truisms like "A**holes are never forgotten" in 24-pt type.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chris on May 31, 2010
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If you work in an office atmosphere, you will appreciate this read even more. Since reading the book, I have moved up in career and learned how to finally stop being the nice guy. More so, I now know how to tell people "no". I'm almost a certified a$$hole. Give me another year of practicing and I'll be on top of the world!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Glover on January 18, 2012
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Helped me understand how some guys think. It is hilarious to read but it does give some great advice that everyone could benefit from.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By The Rake on April 7, 2010
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I had seen this book at a traditional store and opened to a few pages that made me laugh and were of interest, upon getting the book, literally there might have been a half laugh or two additionally, in the entire book. Very lame and only for those seeking something braindead. The writing is geared towards the "Maxim" generation, and has very little substance to back up its claims. Sad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cottontail on January 2, 2013
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At times it was a little tedious but it made me laugh out loud as well. Most certainly an original work to say the least. My only complaint is that it could have been longer. I flew through the book way too fast.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Schuhart on August 11, 2012
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I bought it for the comedic value, but it lacks that. Weak jokes and obvious puns.

If you think this will help you become more assertive and more successful, you will actually find yourself marginalized at work. You can't act confident. You are, or you aren't...pretending to be an a**hole will make you appear to be just that, an a**hole (and not the type that is detailed in this book).

He confuses being confident, assertive, and having a clear understanding of who you are and what you will tolerate with some absurd examples of how to be a prick.

Bottom line, it is a perfect example of how anyone can get published about anything, but talent is not required to get your name on a book cover.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Forrest Nelson on April 7, 2010
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This was a interesting read into the life of an a**hole. Funny and entertaining in most aspects yet infomative. I must say I was a little disapointed in the shortness of the book and it tends to seem a little vauge at times. I would recommend and one to buy this even though its a short read it will still keep you entertained unless of course your a d-bag.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Archer on April 15, 2010
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This book is a great read, and doesn't need to be taken for just laughs. It's very enjoyable to read and to learn from. I can't wait to read more from the authors and hope to see A**hole-ol-o-gy: 2.
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