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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Reprint edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740799134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740799136
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jamie Reidy, a Notre Dame grad and a former U.S. Army officer, "carried the bag" for Pfizer from 1995 to 2000. He then spent five years with Eli Lilly's Oncology Division, where he discovered there are far fewer jokes about chemotherapy than Viagra. Reidy was fired by Eli Lilly soon after publication of Hard Sell. He has since published Bachelor 101: Cooking + Cleaning = Closing, a cookbook and lifestyle guide for idiot single guys just like him. He lives in Manhattan Beach, California, where he has written several screenplays. Now he needs to start selling them.

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More About the Author

I generally write books about my favorite topic, which is generally me.

Harvard Business School invited me to speak in 2008. They have not asked me back.

5 Guys is the best burger chain in America; and, yes, that includes In-n-Out.

My mom says she had a constant barbecue potato chip craving when she was pregnant with me; to this day, BBQ chips are a major weakness of mine. It annoys me when people use, "to this day," in a sentence.

I've met Bono and Colonel Buzz Aldrin.

My dermatologist likes me this pale.

Customer Reviews

Please read the book then go watch the movie!
Kristina
I was most disappointed in this book, and found Jaime Reidy to be only semi-professional as a writer.
Rachel's mom
Talk about who's making money off of the public that doesn't deserve it.
Maureen Rosch

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Anderson on February 24, 2011
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This book was not what I expected. With the release of the movie, I expected the book to have a love story painted throughout. After getting the to end of the book I was disappointed to have none of that love story in it. Mentions of girl friends, sure, but nothing that hooked me. What I was expecting to get didn't match what the book was actually about.

That being said, this is a good book. I wouldn't rank it in my top 10, but Jamie Reidy is a good story teller and parts of the book did make me laugh out loud. I never thought that I wanted to know that much about Pfizer, but I'm glad I do.

If you're looking for a quirky memoir about a pharmaceutical sales rep, I would read this one. If you're looking for a memoir laced with a love story, I suggest "It's Kind Of A Funny Story" by Ned Vizzini.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kristina on November 30, 2010
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A really fun read and wild ride through the life a pharmaceutical salesman. Although the movie does not follow the book exactly, the commonality between Jake Gyllenhaal's role in "Love and Other Drugs" and Jamie Reidy's main character in "Hard Sell" do parallel one another fairly closely. Please read the book then go watch the movie! You won't be disappointed!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By marleemom on January 9, 2011
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I liked this book. It was really interesting to see how these companies work. It will definitely make me ask my doctor exactly WHY is he/she writing script for the particular med at that time. is it because it is what is best or what he is obligated to write........ makes u think......
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anne-Marie on December 8, 2010
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Jamie Reidy is a funny guy. His tales of (hardly) working for Phizer in the late '90s and being on the crest of the Viagra wave are hilarious. The witty, ribald spirit of this book is the jumping off point for Love and Other Drugs, but you won't find a weepy romance here. Reidy's book alternates between sex jokes and hijinks, and an insider look at how drugs are really prescribed in America. Enjoyable and eye-opening, Hard Sell is a good way to pass the time with a very entertaining storyteller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean Sheikh on August 9, 2013
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Hard Sell is the memoir of Jamie Reidy's time as a sales rep for Pfizer from 1995-2000. It was that period that coincided with the launch of Viagara. During Reidy's 5 years, he details his introduction into the industry, and his stories along the way. The book is the basis of the movie Love and Other Drugs starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

Reidy is a major slacker. He details his day-to-day at Pfizer, which included starting work at 11 (sometimes later), taking naps, and having 3 day weekends. The scams he comes up with are creative. He gets around Pfizers managers who try to keep vigilant track of their employees. He has plenty of funny and amusing stories.

One item missing is Reidy's ascent to the top. Despite a relaxed approach to work, he ends up being the #1 Viagara rep in the country by the time he leaves. It would have been interesting to hear more stories about his ambition and drive. He constantly understates his efforts which can't possibly be true with his track record.

The book is slim and quick to get through. If you're looking for a basic introduction to pharmaceutical sales, you can find information here. It doesn't serve as a great guide to sales or marketing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate linterman on July 1, 2013
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Well written and an interesting side of the industry to hear about. Recommend for other sales reps, not sure who else this would appeal to
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave Barckow on May 10, 2013
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Very good, someone recommended the movie and I misunderstood and downloaded this sort of by mistake. Very glad I did. Jamie Reidy is very funny and book was a real interesting and insider look into insane and often frightening world of pharmaceutical sales
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Abraham on June 16, 2012
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This book is great! I have not seen the movie so I can't compare. I will say there is no steady love interest, and, judging by the commercials, there was one in the movie.

The author is a great story teller, and for that reason alone this book is worth the read. He compares selling for Pfizer to the military, and I think the comparisons make the story all the more memorable.

The anecdotes are funny, but informative. If you've ever wondered what its like to really be a pharmaceutical salesman, this book is a great read, just for the info on sales.

All - in - all, if you want a great story with some laughs and fun mixed in, this book is the perfect read.
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