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How Not to Get Rich: Or Why Being Bad Off Isn't So Bad Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (August 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159691002X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596910027
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,802,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Sullivan is the author of The Meadowlands and A Whale Hunt, which were both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and the national bestseller Rats. He is a contributing editor to Vogue and a contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Times. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

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Robert Sullivan is the author of Rats, The Meadowlands, A Whale Hunt, How Not To Get Rich; Or Why Being Bad Off Isn't So Bad, Cross Country, The Thoreau You Don't Know, and most recently My American Revolution. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York, A Public Space, Runner's World, Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, Rolling Stone, The Independent of London, The London Times and Vogue. He was born in Manhattan and now lives in Brooklyn, after living for many years in Portland, Oregon.

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Impecuniousness Anonymous on September 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have heard amazing stories about this author, who also wrote "Rats" and "A Whale Hunt" and "The Meadowlands." Once, it is said, as a protest against the SEC, he lay all afternoon on the couch of a friend and counted to twenty-four thousand by ones in a snarling voice. Anyway, this book is of course a very funny satire of how-to-get-rich books, and an eloquent warning against the ultimate metaphysical emptiness of the peculiarly American yearning for massive wealth. But it's also, à la Thoreau's Walden but far less preachy, a material and spiritual self-help book, an old-fashioned philosophical treatise on the good life. It made me feel pretty okay about certain important life decisions I've made that have had nothing at all to do with making money. Then I looked at my credit card bill.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By paquinn47 on November 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My wife recently gave me Sullivan's "Rats" as a birthday present. (No, she doesn't think I'm a rodent--at least I don't think she does--but she knows I'm interested in books about cities.) I loved "Rats"--a truly great read--and ran out to get Sullivan's "Meadowlands." Another great book! Sullivan is learned AND funny--a pretty rare combination, and "How Not To Get Rich" is equal parts wise and hilarious. This is one brilliant writer. His bio says he's also an editor at VOGUE magazine. Go figure. Any how, I think this guy has a Pulitzer Prize in his future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason J on March 13, 2010
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I downloaded this for my Kindle upon arrival at work, and was finished just prior to leaving -- disappointing because I would have liked it to have lasted at least two shifts. Clever, at times heartening, and clearly written by someone who appreciates the finer uses of the comma. It gave me at least two or three important ideas, and I highlighted a score of entries -- enough to justify the $.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Garfield on January 14, 2008
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If you want to live the life of slack of your dreams like me, this book is a good starting point. Learn how not to make money, not have ambition (except to be a slacker), and how to not impress people! It seemed like a pretty good book, but I lacked the motivation to finish it. Sigh....
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JennColsGA on February 8, 2009
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A quick sarcastic read. There were some funny bits, but I couldn't help but wonder if cranking out this kind of humor was really worth $9.99. If the author really wanted to "not get rich" he should donate his proceeds to charity. :-)
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