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Crimes Against Civility [Kindle Edition]

Richard Simms
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Book Description

Maybe Richard M. Simms is just too darn much like “Knots Landing” heroine Karen Fairgate for his own good. “I don’t wanna look at the world through rose-colored glasses, I want the world to be rose-colored!” the original Desperate Housewife once hollered. Ever since, the creator of has seconded that emotion, as loudly and as often as anybody possibly could. “Where have manners gone?” he asks. “Since when does being obnoxious get you canonized instead of vilified? Isn’t it nice anymore to be, you know, nice?” In his funny, fast-paced and most definitely furious first book, he looks inside himself and, to be fair, at all of us in hopes of answering these questions. Better still, he offers common-sense solutions that just might make us think as well as laugh. Pick up “Crimes Against Civility” for the nipping-rather-than-biting social commentary and out-of-left-field pop-culture name-dropping, then stay for the subtext. A book may not be able to change the world, but if it’s very good (and this one is), it might at least change your mind.

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About the Author

Richard M. Simms is a magazine editor (Soaps In Depth), blogger (, podcaster (Tune In Tomorrow ) and twitterholic (@RudeReport). He loves all things Disney and most things television, and, when drinking bourbon, develops an inexplicable Southern accent. Since “Friendships, Secrets and Lies” finally was released on DVD, his life has been complete.

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  • File Size: 327 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466498692
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006O3JLSE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Crab, In One Great Place!! December 24, 2011
First of all, I bought this book for the Kindle Cloud and read it right on my PC. I wasn't aware that was an option and it turned out to be great. As for the book itself, it's hilarious and spot on in it's descriptions of everything from apartment dwelling to cranky customer service. Simms breaks things down into "Pet Peeves", "Waste Cases" and "Cell Phonies" and a host of other categories. He knows when you're just BS on the cell, trying to pretend you're hobnobbing with someone famous. Part "everyman" Seinfeld and "cranky-lady" Phillis Diller, there's something here for everyone to relate to. As the world turns more and more into itself, we should be more mindful of the civility of the times past. When Simms draws a relationship between "Married with Children" and "The Jersey Shore" you realize his grasp on histories crass! Fun and fast paced and great gift for your cynical friends and those that need a nudge in the right (civil) direction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Simms should do stand up. July 24, 2012
By Delilah
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What a great read. Crimes Against Civility points out just how rude we are without sounding bitchy. I had several laugh out loud moments and felt like a bobble head doll with all the nodding I was doing in agreement. This is a fun, easy read. The part about driving is required reading for my kids. Thank You, Richard. Can't wait to read your next book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
In 'Crimes Against Civility', Simms blends his own wicked sense of humor with brutal honesty about the world we live in. This book, in a sense, is about people behaving badly and the ways we justify this bad behavior in our ever-changing society. For those who can own up to their own up to their own "crimes", the book may just enlighten us to make some changes. For those who cannot accept their own poor choices, no worries- you will still be highly entertained with the multiple examples of annoying behavior we see every day. Simms even points out his own shortfalls to assuage the judgment he passes on others! From naughty neighbors to loud cell phone talkers to internet trolls, everyone can relate to the boorish actions highlighted in this book. With a snarky (yet optimistic) delivery, this book is a fun and, hopefully, eye-opening read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty commentary of modern society March 7, 2012
Richard has a wicked sense of humor which really makes this book a gem. He rants about rudeness in todays society andbreaks his rants down into different sections that deal with everything from internet message board flaming wars to bad drivers. All of this while inserting tons of pop culture references. Its truly hilarious when you realize that you are guilty of some of the things that are rude! My only complaint was that he had a section on customer service people (which I did agree mostly with) and as a customer service person myself I wish there was a section on crazy ass rude customers! hahaha
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crimes Against Civility (electronic) July 3, 2012
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A wonderful read. Funny, insiteful, and spot on. I thouroughly enjoyed this book & highly recommend it. I have told all my friends & family about it & even posted about it on Facebook.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spot On! March 14, 2012
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Having been a Twitter follower of Richard's for some time, I had to give his book a shot. Found myself in agreement quite often in the way he describes life, raising children, office time... all the while hoping that my chuckling wouldn't keep my other half awake. I could visualize people I know in the different scenarios.... for instance, the person at work that everyone tries to avoid at ALL costs. He writes each topic in a way that the reader can easily visualize how things happen and why.

A quick, fun read. Am hoping he writes more books!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the Nail on the Head January 5, 2012
By C.Dunn
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In this book, Simms comments on the rude and ridiculous things that are sending our society to "hell in a hand basket." While reading the book, I often found myself nodding in agreement with his observations and comments. The chapter on Customer Service should be read at every staff training everywhere... Very funny and oh so true... Perhaps I should buy a few more copies and keep on me at all times, and instead of just giving the next rude person I encounter the stank eye, I should throw this book at them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious book of satirical spectacle June 3, 2014
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Satireus was an ancient Roman playrite he saw the what was wrong with Roman society and wrote thinly veiled plays that mocked these faults and so he became the father of modern satire, this delightful book is a perfect continuance of that legacy by holding up a mirror not only to the author but to modern society as well, but in a such a zestfully zanny way that even the most disgruntled curmudgeonly grandpa will get a few good belly laughs out of reading this book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read. Short and sweet.
Published 8 months ago by Newshopper
4.0 out of 5 stars get out of my head
I found this book reflected a lot of my own musings from the last few years, especially with regard to customer service, the field I work in, pedestrian rights, something I deal... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sue Ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting!
Richard Simms is a very funny guy! This book covers a range of subjects and he puts his own personal spin on everything.
Published 20 months ago by Jeff Hendrix
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I would have done a video review, but it's 2 in the morning and I'm naked. You're welcome.

I loved this book... well written, and very relatable. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars crimes of civility - truer words were never written
It's as though the author was reading my mind...absolutely hysterical take on every day a lot of good ideas on how to handle awkward situations... Read more
Published 23 months ago by miki a criscoe
2.0 out of 5 stars Had it's moments
There were definitely some funny parts and good points but the author took way too long too make his points and rambled on. That made it a difficult read. Read more
Published on May 10, 2013 by Nancy Dougherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read!
Richard, you had me laughing out loud reading this book. I love your snark and truth all wrapped up together!
Published on May 1, 2013 by Carla Huff
5.0 out of 5 stars Hit the nail on the proverbial head!!
Richard Simms has taken a humorous approach to the head scratcher that is today's society! I found myself nodding and laughing in the prolog! Read more
Published on March 18, 2013 by Chanceala Robak
5.0 out of 5 stars Crimes Against Civility review
Richard is a great writer. He is such a witty person and I really enjoy tweeting with him. It is a very enjoyable story. Give it a try.
Published on February 16, 2013 by Mary Beth Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book I've Read in Years!!!
Awesome....way too funny

I read this while on a five-hour flight. I was laughing so hard, the people around me kept looking at me. Read more
Published on November 14, 2012 by Jill M. Carter
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More About the Author

Richard Simms likes to talk. A lot. At some point, he realized that writing was just like talking... except without the annoyance of people interrupting him! Ironically, it was the long, tedious conversation of a train passenger named Audrey which inspired him to write the book Crimes Against Civility, in which he had the unmitigated gall to take the rest of society to task for things which got under his skin. (As it turned out, Simms was onto something, as the vast majority of reviewers said, in essence, "Get out of my head! I think that all the time!"

While waiting for the rest of the world to discover and/or deride him, Richard spends his days as the executive editor of Soaps In Depth magazine. In that capacity, he has become something of an expert on topics ranging from doppelgangers to deaths, both real and faked. He also has so many Twitter accounts that it is rumored he is actually responsible for one-eighth of all tweets sent out into the universe. Were he being paid by the tweet, he would be a millionaire several times over.

Sadly, he is not.

Speaking of writing he does for free, Richard's pieces can also be found on a semi-regular basis on such sites as and

Richard is semi-obsessed with Walt Disney World, and has recently become a big fan of cruising, reportedly saying of the latter, "It's drinking, eating and gambling... show me the downside?"

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