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How to Lose Friends and Alienate People Hardcover – 2001


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: LITTLE, BROWN & COMPANY (2001)
  • ASIN: B000OLJKAG
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yuni on February 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I borrowed this book from a friend, wondering what all the fuss is about it that it deserved a movie. Apparently, it is no big deal at all. Toby Young just got lucky being able to sell a book about nothing for a movie story.

I was interested by the book because I first saw Young on the reality TV show, Top Chef Season 5. Unimpressed by his dour disposition and nasty comments he probably prepares in the shower, I thought I'd see what the fuss is about. The book is about the few years he spent in pursuit of fame, sex and money while freelancing at Vanity Fair. As suggested by the title of the book, he accomplished quite the opposite with his irresistibly British "charms". Oftentimes, throughout the book, he will inject into it some social commentary that reads like a PoliSci or sociology paper for a college class.

Nevertheless, I managed to finish reading this book despite the above annoying points because he did manage to make marginally interesting and I was still searching for a good reason as to why it was made into a movie. In the end, the book was still rather confusing because although he realized only by traveling across seas that what he wanted all along was always at home, he didn't seem to learn much. As can be seen from his current professional involvements, he is still the same old person.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Troy, author of Denial of Sunlight on April 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I made a fool of myself reading this book as fellow beachgoers gawked as I laughed out loud, occasionally rolling out of my chair into the sand. Toby Young tells his story hilariously, and, to his credit, paints his own portrait in objective reality. However, he seems a sympathetic character next to others in the New York magazine world. I'm keeping my copy -- a definite reread.Denial of Sunlight
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty Burks on December 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After suffering through a fictional account of life in rural England in the early-19th-century, this tell-all "memoir" (almost but not substantial somewhat like the scandalous one a few years back by Eddie Fisher -- the less said, the better) written by a Britisher about his tenure in New York acting the part of a journalist. He lasted only two years name-calling and putting people down (in print). It's obvious he hated American women of the late-20th-century urban Manhattan. The first observation was at the December 13, 1995, movie premiere of Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility' when he realized that American women had regressed to seeking that lifestyle in their quest for a rich husband, not an intellectual like his father who was a Lord. His mother was a novelist/magazine editor in England.

Living in a small town back then, I missed out on all of the social changes -- PTA was my claim to fame in that college town where I was known as the professor's wife. Where did he get the misleading title -- I doubt he had any friends as he was "expert" at aliienating people. Obviously, he resented the glalmorous celebrities whom he was paid to "praise" in articles; this was "the life I'd fantasized about in Shepherd's Bush." He didn't fit in anwhere and resented the rebuffs, real or imagined, by the Hollywood elite. After all, he was media and not mainstream with nothing going for him. Like the Knoxville group, all he had in his favor was an English accent which did not work in his particular case. He was too caustic and not sophiscated to take seriously, more like Benny Hill on public television. He attempted to be a Truman Capote.

At VF, he got off on the wrong start by catagorizing vocally and judging unjustly.
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