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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (May 10, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517883864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517883860
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA?Another of the numerous slender volumes that tells readers all they need to know. What Marinaccio does here is to filter life experiences and situations through Star Trek-colored glasses. He uses Captain James T. Kirk, Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Spock, et al., and scenarios from the '60s TV series to illustrate how to make decisions that affect one's work, relationships, relaxation, outlook, and sense of self, etc. The result is a seriocomic, readable book.?John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Relying on uncanny instincts and a seriocomic approach, this first-time author strikes very close to home as he cleverly illustrates how we can improve and better understand our lives: apply the morals and lessons portrayed in that American icon known as Star TrekR. Using a hilarious first-person narrative, Marinaccio takes dozens of day-to-day situations and shows how we may glean from this 1960s space opera a more intuitive, aggressive, and successful approach to dealing with them. Citing many examples, including relationships, job satisfaction and management, family, peace, war, love, hate, life, death, and the overall nature of humanity, Marinaccio explains how "every situation you will face in life has already been faced by the crew of the Starship EnterpriseTM." While obsessive Star TrekR fans might be distracted by minute errors in trivia, the author provides a fast, enjoyable, and inspirational read. Well recommended for all public libraries and a strong addition to self-help collections.
--Charles A. Weiss, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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R. A. Edington
Okay, I confess: I was amused by this book, and since I suspect that that was most of its intention, perhaps I'm being too harsh in giving it only two stars.
James Yanni
We tend to forget all the lessons we learned watching the original Star Trek series, and Dave Marinaccio brings it all back with a lot of humor.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Neal J. Pollock VINE VOICE on November 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a fun little book chock full of wise sayings gleaned from episodes of the original Star Trek. The original was not a space opera, it was a futurized series of life's lessons, very carefully crafted. Each episode had a heavy-duty message embedded within--and not very hard to spot either. This book does not necessarily include these thematic messages, but it does excerpt a number of pithy, humorous quotes from the characters. It is highly reminiscent of a poster my dentist has in his office of Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I expect there is also a book with that name, but I haven't read it. These words of wisdom also remind me of Dr. Akin's famous "Laws of Spacecraft Design" which you can access on the internet. With his permission, I used several in my book "The Knowledge Management and Information Technology Encyclopedia" (published by the Government and not for sale). My favorite submits from Marinaccio's delightful book are:

Gossip is often confused with conversation. In fact it often takes the place of conversation. Take gossip away from some folks and they would turn into mimes. p.61

When everyone is responsible, ultimately no one is responsible. p.52

Idiot-proofing is also genius-proofing. p.94

Great people talk about ideas. Average people talk about things. Small people talk about people. p.61

Attitude is the top priority; after attitude, talent or gifts are important. p.64

As Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, once said, "You can observe a lot, just by watching." p.23

A person who understands a rule knows when to break it. p.50

Competent people know which rules to follow and which to ignore ...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Lane on April 4, 2009
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This book was not only fun to read, but it made me think I've missed out on a lot by not being more of a Trekkie! I bought it for a Trekkie friend, then had to borrow it back.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on April 30, 2002
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Okay, I confess: I was amused by this book, and since I suspect that that was most of its intention, perhaps I'm being too harsh in giving it only two stars. And yes, there were some legitimately thought-provoking ideas to be found...but only a few. If you can find this book used, cheap, as I did, it's definitely worthwhile for a lark. But there is DEFINITELY NOT enough book here to be worth list price. It is grossly overpriced to capitalize on the Star Trek market, and that's the source of my dissatisfaction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon on August 23, 2007
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We tend to forget all the lessons we learned watching the original Star Trek series, and Dave Marinaccio brings it all back with a lot of humor.

This book is a must for any original Star Trek fan. You can read it in one sitting, and then your friends will all be borrowing it. You may want to buy an extra just in case.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By chris on July 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
as the tittle says, i cant really say anything that the other reviewers haven't said themselves.
all i can say is that at first i was expecting it to be kind of corny, like if you encounter an alien energy life form set your phaser to heat to destroy it or if you encounter a giant rock thing use cement to heal its wounds.
but it wasn't anything like that, it was good, very entertaining thoughts and ideas about the lessons learned from star trek and how they are related to the authors real life.

defiantly a must read for any star trek fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SpikeLover on August 16, 2010
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This book is a light-hearted examination of important issues in American culture. In Star Trek, we see racism, sexism, career choices,and pretty much anything else you would ever need to know, explored.We aren't always given the pat answer - indeed, part of the vision is that we never reach perfect unity.With Kirk's crew we meet new races - and forget that we ARE different races. We cease being black, white, yellow or red and attain the wonderful experience of being Human.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is not a 'complete' work on the subject,but it is a very good way to get people to know that there was "meaning in Star Trek" (like a past book had said).There are things that were learned by watching Star Trek,and this book gives a taste of this.The way to read this book (or another of its kind) is to first understand that Star Trek put out messages in the neat form of a fiction TV show--real types of problems in a well done TV program. This book is a good read,and worth the buy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1998
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This little gem presents only a modest chunk of all the words-to-the-wise possible to divine from Trekology. But it's warm, personal, & reminds us that, in an all-too-cynical world, it's still possible to be uplifting, be optimistic, and convey positive values, and STILL be a fabulous success. In fact, that's the real story underlying the enduring appeal of Star Trek -- people today are as hungry as ever for role models of heroism, friendship, loyalty, devotion, duty, and self-sacrifice. Star Trek is one of the few oases in popular culture and mass media where we're reminded that being good is what makes you great, and while every story may not have a happy ending, there is always hope, and there ARE rewards for fighting for truth and justice. God bless you, Dave Marinaccio -- you wrote the book I always wanted to write!
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