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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (May 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608443426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608443420
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Comprehensive, informative, as well, at times, very humorous.
lmk
An interesting first hand account of the inner workings of a federal agency workplace over a 40 year period.
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And all of us who have worked for someone will appreciate the chapter on "Care and Feeding of the Boss."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Quatrocm on June 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was a Prime Contractor for one of the major projects depicted in the book. Having done similar work as a Private Sector Developer as well as in the Public Sector, i.e. deals over $250,000,000, my reaction to the book was a refreshing look at what actually goes on in business, both public and private. I knew the author and his tongue in cheek sense of humor and self deprecating view of his immensely important position.

The book captures some of the chaos behind these events that the public never gets to appreciate, in a most humorous and entertaining fashion while at the same time emphasizing how the author and his colleagues took their positions and responsibilities very seriously.

It is a quick and entertaining read which would be appreciated by anyone who has every worked for or done business with the government, or for that matter, any large organization.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PMSJL on April 27, 2012
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This book brought back a lot of memories for me, I worked with the author and was a witness to several of the real-life shenanigans in the GSA office in NYC. This is a good read if you want to know how government workers survive bad bosses, crazy co-workers, clueless political appointees, demanding customers, shady contractors, an unforgiving public and a Congress who tells agencies what to do/spend and then berates them when they try to do the right thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Waring on March 11, 2012
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Well written, humorous personal recounting of a life spent toiling for the government. Would not have traded places with him, but appreciated sharing some of the inside stories and experiences demonstrating the "conundrum" that is the U.S. government.
Recommend for amusing, fast light read.
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By Pat Keogh on June 23, 2011
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This book is particularly interesting from the recovering bureaucrat's perspective of which I am one. If you want to understand something like criminal justice administration go get a degree in the field from a place like John Jay College. But if you want to experience the profession at the retail level then watch some episodes of Barney Miller. Greenberg's book is like the Barney Miller series. It describes the confluence of politics, large organization dynamics and bureaucratic inertia from the standpoint of the author's sardonic sense of humor. In weaving his web, Greenberg uses a cast of characters. And no place manufactures characters better than New York City. Have you ever noticed how many sit coms are based in NYC? That's for a reason. The characters are as unique and colorful as the city and its language. What Greenberg has done is caste the federal government's business from the standpoint of an agency's New York City office. The result is comical and, in a way, reassuring. From Greenberg's insider perspective it's clear there is little or no corruption but there are lots of strange things that go on. As you read this it will help to think about Barney, Fish, Wojo, the Inspector and all the other guys. I wonder if Greenberg has sold the tv/movie rights.
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By Thomas M. Magee on February 13, 2013
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Nowadays Government is in. People see that as the mechanism to solve all the world's problems. I guess that is good. However I think people's expectations might be set a little off. This book will wake you up to reality.

This reality about Government as told through the book is very entertaining. The author takes the reader through his career with the Public Building Service of GSA. The tale will give you a laugh every couple of pages. The story is about GSA but I think it could invoke personal memories from just about any large organization. He talks about the various people he has met. He talks about his experiences on projects, with Senators, Judges, and other adventures of GSA. His rule of thumb decrees are also very enlightening and funny. They definitely apply to all bureaucracies.

The book paints government in very realistic tones. You will see government a mix of strange characters right out of central casting and a bunch of dedicated Americans trying to do a good job. The path these Americans must travel is mind blowing. The strange rules Congress puts into place, the politics surrounding everything, and corrupt contractors makes doing good very difficult. This book will make that clear to you while you laugh.
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Reading this book is a little like watching sausage being made. It isn't a pretty sight, but it's real. I was the author's counterpart in another region of the country and constantly found myself reading his stories and realizing that only the names and dates were different from many of my own experiences. I've also worked in the private sector and on Corporate Boards, and the author's insights into bureaucratic idiosyncracies are not unique to the government. Stakeholders are stakeholders, clients are clients, bosses are bosses, employees are employees and, with the possible exception of political appointees where many are great, some have delusions of adequacy and a few are just plain hacks, they are all just people being people. The book provides some good rules to live by, and while a specific rule may not work for everyone, they have collective value for anyone trying to succeed without committing careericide. Whatever one takes from the book, well used humor is the salt that makes a tough day edible.
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Alan L. Greenberg is a product of New York City with an attitude to match. He was a senior official with the U.S. General Services Administration. After retiring, he was eager to write about his exciting and often unusual work experiences. During his career he had hands-on responsibility for some of the largest and most controversial federal construction projects in the country. Some of these projects found their way to national television, including Sixty Minutes and Inside Edition, were widely covered in print media, C-Span, and even made it to the late night comedy of Jay Leno and David Letterman.

Greenberg's involvement with high profile projects brought him into contact with presidents, big city mayors, members of Congress, judges, military leaders and giants of industry as well as community activists, labor unions, militant coalitions and a generous share of urban hustlers, petty thieves and con artists. He has spoken before many government and professional groups and testified before congressional committees. Every investigative body known to the federal government also examined his work. Through it all he demonstrated a unique and successful leadership style and an ever-present sense of humor, which he says is the key to long-term success in any project.

Greenberg looks back at his career and says, "When I came to GSA in 1965 I was a baby-faced recruit who got carded in bars for drinking eligibility. When I retired a lifetime later I still got proofed, but this time it was in the movies for the senior discount."

He is proud of the fact that he actually retired from his senior executive position whereas many prior incumbents left via transfer, demotion, indictment or their passing.

Alan Greenberg earned BBA and MBA degrees from Baruch College in Manhattan. He was the recipient of numerous awards from GSA and other federal agencies, including a special award for his dedicated staff's contribution to the post September 11, 2001 recovery efforts in New York City. He has also authored many sports articles and continues to be a regular contributor to The Fischler Report.

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