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Neighbors From Hell: Managing Today's Brand of Conflict Close to Home [Kindle Edition]

Bob Borzotta
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"Bob Borzotta is to to folks with nuisance neighbors what Dear Abby is to women with meddling mothers-in-law," says USA Today.

Neighbors From Hell: Managing Today's Brand of Conflict Close to Home -- goes beyond the legal manuals and stories from the front to 1) articulate the suffering and anxiety caused by noisy, in-your-face, trashy neighbors who are multiplying like bunnies, and 2) present genuinely workable methods for managing these childlike adults by lawful and socially responsible means. Peppered with sarcasm and straight talk, the book presents today's communities as war grounds, where the bad guy keeps winning as authorities and better neighbors prove useless in our struggles to feel safe and happy in and around our homes. Author Bob Borzotta keeps it tight for busy readers, makes it insightful and informative, and offers the first forensic study of what makes these scumbags tick.

A former news reporter, Borzotta dealt with his own hellish neighbors, later establishing a global support center for others in his shoes -- seeking answers to an age-old problem on modern-day steroids. The answers do not come easily today -- police want little to do with neighbor disputes, which is one reason neighbor-on-neighbor violence is so much on the rise. He is fair-minded to all sides, but is decidedly a good-neighbor advocate. His newsletter, Good Neighbors Rule, is among the most widely read by audiences seeking guidance and the media, who regularly consult with him on the subject when covering neighbor stories.

Reviewers have found Borzotta's work not only dead-on but truly useful. He is not a touchy-feely self-help writer, although he knows the pain of dealing with derelicts in close proximity quite well. He has engaged several neighbors who presented problems from noise and boundary disputes to harassment and property damage. He wins these battles because, he says, THEY CAN BE WON. The reason they're often lost is this: good neighbors seldom have the time or inclination to take on Neighbors From Hell. We are productive, positive people with real pursuits. When we do have free time, we hate dedicating it to quashing the antics of un-neighborly neighbors. Also, he says, we are not built for conflict the way they are -- they can round up supportive scum more easily than we can convince people similar to ourselves to engage in our problems, since people like ourselves don't look for fights and don't seek involvement in other people's affairs. Neighbors From Hell and their bretheren do.

But that doesn't mean they have to win. These people are actually very weak, and are typically positioned to be victimized just as we are. Correcting them by legal means, remaining upstanding citizens not brought down to their level, is a challenge. They're aggressive, but we're smart.

Since one book cannot address every unique problem one can have with a neighbor, Borzotta explores the basic points of conflict and draws from them into some specifics. He then provides in-person, specific guidance via his web site, message board, one-on-one email and social media sites. You could say, he's not in this for the money.


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About the Author

Borzotta is a former reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Associated Press and many other news organizations. His book, Neighbors From Hell, and its companion web site NeighborsFromHell.com, have made Borzotta the go-to source on the subject for ABC News, National Public Radio, CNN, local papers and stations around the U.S. Producers want him to appear on daytime talk shows and even host his own show. Thousands have sought his reliable, responsible consultation for handling their own neighbor disputes, and he has been providing it since 1999.

Product Details

  • File Size: 924 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Neighbor Solutions LLC and CreateSpace/Amazon (November 11, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006I19DQM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,477 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Resource August 4, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As someone who has lived through a neighbor from hell situation where the safety of my children was at risk, I can tell you that the conventional wisdom on conflict resolution is worse than useless in NFH cases. NFH do their very best to cause misery in others because they derive a sick pleasure from it. A true NFH has Anti-social personality disorder. These sick people do not respond to mediation or negotiation since they only lie their way through it. A true NFH will try to convince law enforcement and judges that they are in fact the victim of your harassment. This is a game to these sick people, and when you have been singled out as a target, life can become a living hell. Bob Borzotta is the only author to date who truly understands this.

Bob offers us a voice of reason and compassion in a time of crisis. He offers us real solutions and perhaps a different way to think about the problem. But most of all he lets us know that we aren't alone. We aren't the only people who have been targeted for warfare by a sick neighbor, we aren't the only ones who have been ignored by law enforcement, we aren't the only ones who have been told that mediation should have cured the problem. We aren't crazy.

Thank you Bob, keep up the fine work.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Advice, Not Psycho-Babble June 15, 2011
Format:Paperback
What a read! Half the book is now rendered in yellow highlight. Everyone who picks up Neighbors From Hell (probably based on the title and probably because they are suffering NsFH) will "get" every word, they will feel the weight of the world lift from their shoulders, and they will catch a glimpse of a far off promised land. This book will provide the spark to rekindle the soul extinguished by evil neighbors.

The author's use of earthy phrases kept me entertained throughout the read. The most hilarious ones were set up as, "... unless one of them moves away or is [insert a spectacular, public method of getting killed]. Feed the fantasy! Everyone needs the uplift of humor during the seemingly endless darkness. The book is liberally sprinkled with anecdotes of antisocial behaviors and some real life methods of overcoming - or retraining! - the perps.

The flow of thought was interrupted by an apparent omission on page 112, first paragraph under #8. The phrase, "get a good night's sleep," was missing after the words "physical activity." Further reflection led me to believe the missing phrase was deliberate. Who can sleep in such circumstances?

The hardest parts to swallow, however, were regarding diplomacy on my part. Remaking my internal self, even on the basic level outlined, is where the real battle is. I tried the personal, diplomatic approach four years ago (before this book), before engaging the city, then the courts. Yet changing my inner self did not change the facts; the NsFH still exist and merely moved on to another illegal business; city officials still ignore; police still protect the scofflaws; courts and lawyers still soak up money and time, and exhaust patience.

Mr. Borzotta has lived the nightmare.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up to Mr. Borzotta!!! March 14, 2010
Format:Paperback
After 4+ years with a NFH, it was through sheer desperation that I found Mr. Borzotta's website. It has been a life-saving and sanity-saving haven. The book is a must read for anyone who has a NFH, and should be a must read for all LEO's. It should also be on every town hall's bookshelf, right next to the town ordinances and statutes; every HOA's community center; every condo-boards bookshelf; and every apartment owners/managers bookshelf! I highly recommend the book and would like to thank Mr. Borzotta for writing it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The book "Neighbors from hell" by Bob Borzotta is inspiringly technical in its description of how to handle conflict close to home. It informed me, entertained me, and educated me while relating to my own experience with a nfh over the past 6 years While dealing with harrasment, bullying, noise disturbances/pollution, unfriendliness, competition, stress without end, and emotional heartache that is a constant,etc. Having gone through this experience and then reading neighbors from hell I can look back and see what i did right and what I did wrong. If i however would have known about this book and known of the information in it I then could have been easily helped and guided through a shorter process that led me to a solution of peace.
In a nutshell bob takes you through options you have as a nfh victim, testimonies of other nfh victims, his own testimonies, and how to solve these conflicts. The book does go into much detail for those who need specific instructions. When it comes down to it though I feel he says in the end, you have to move, sue them, or go through the options that he writes about that may help solve a problem and bring peace or at least bring you back to a life of contentment (#1 step was to talk calmly to the neighbor FACE TO FACE first). I do however wish the conclusion was as detailed as the entire book and was left craving for more answers and/or even a sequel. i have a deep respect and admiration for Bob and what he does and has been through. I feel as though he is truly trying to handle things maturely as an adult and within the confines of the law. Please read this book if you are in any stage of battle between neighbors. It is full of options that may work for you in your struggle and prevent you from making mistakes that may cost you major to minor mistakes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hehehehe
LOVED It!! Gave me excellent ideas and suggestions on how to deal with the NFH and what we can do. There are idea's, suggestions and legal ways to help deal with our "Wicked... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sally
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Makes you feel not so alone if you are unfortunate enough to live next to NFH. Well written with good tips!
Published 13 months ago by Chrissy
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read with good information.
Good information about dealing with the menace of NFH. If nothing else, it at least lets you know you're not alone.
Published 15 months ago by Carrie Zeidman
1.0 out of 5 stars useless
My parents have been having a long-time problem with inconsiderate (and racist) neighbors who will not stop harassing them. Read more
Published 16 months ago by rocket
4.0 out of 5 stars May Not be What You Want to Hear
The description of the Neighbor from Hell given in the book is dead-on; it's as if the author knows the people that live next door to me. Read more
Published 20 months ago by IowaBrenda
2.0 out of 5 stars was not what I expected
The Book was not very helpful, was not what I expected. The book was more about Mr.
Borzotta and not munch about helping with Neighbor Conflict.
Published 22 months ago by Albert D Canady
5.0 out of 5 stars The handbook for bad behavior
Now I have a guide to deal with my dysfunctional neighbors who have ruined my cul-de-sac
And ruined our peace and joy.
Published 22 months ago by pchris
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have bad neighbors...........
Got this book pronto and it is much needed. When living in a neighborhood you need to learn how to deal with the jerks. This book helps
Published 23 months ago by Cheryl A. Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars Some useful points to consider
There is no magic formula in this book. Unfortunately. It's mostly, and mostly valuable as, a review of common sense points to consider in trying to prevent neighbor problems. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Matt Kuhns
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
We've had neighbors from hell for about a decade now. They subjected us to fresh hell recently, and the tips and good advice provided in this book contributed to maintaining our... Read more
Published on January 1, 2013 by Barbara E. Goll
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