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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; First Edition, First Printing edition (1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852865555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852865559
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.4 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,968,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Marinaccio worked for J. Walter Thompson; Foote, Cone & Belding; and others before cofounding LMO Advertising, which has grown to a multimillion-dollar company. The author of the international bestseller "All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Trek", he has written and spoken about advertising in the media and lectured in venues as diverse as the Smithsonian Institution, law firms, and Star Trek conventions. He resides in Washington, DC, with his wife, Leslie.

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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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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on April 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
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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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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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon on August 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SpikeLover on August 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Koenig on February 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Do you like Star Trek? Do you really, REALLY like Star Trek? Do you weave some concept of Star Trek into each day of your existence or even each conversation? If so, then this book will be a great little read for you. If not, then stay away.

Strangely, this is easily the most meandering book I've ever read in my life. Basically, author Dave Marinaccio starts talking about Star Trek, in trying to relate its themes to situations within his own life, and doesn't stop for about 120 pages. There are no real chapters, no laid-out themes, just the author gabbing it up with a line break ending each train of thought.

That being said, this is still a rather interesting read for the hard-core (or at least very close to it) Trekkie. Though some of Marinaccio's thoughts/ideas are a stretch, others do indeed strike a chord and will remind you why the show is such a favorite. The real "plus", though, is Marinaccio's subtle humor throughout. It is like reading a book from "The Sports Guy" (Bill Simmons) in the sporting world. The material may be so-so, but the colorful description and delightfully glib commentary make it worthwhile.

Thus, while I wouldn't necessarily rush down to your local bookstore/library to get this book, if you are a hard-core Trekkie and come across it, please give it a look. It's very light reading (one night, two at max) and will, at the very least, make you smile on a dozen or more occasions.
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