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The Rogers & Littleton Guide to America's Douchiest Colleges Paperback – July 20, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0811878876 ISBN-10: 0811878872

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (July 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811878872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811878876
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Impressively well-researched and pointed insults." --New York magazine

About the Author

H. L. Rogers and Peter Littleton, Ph.D., are the most trusted names in this sort of thing. They live in gated communities on the eastern seaboard.

More About the Author

Peter Littleton is in an expert on higher education, and spirit guide. He lives with his two weimaraners, Descartes and Mitch Albom; H.L. Rogers is a bitter, lonely man who begrudges others their happiness. They have written 42 books on higher education (including: Unleashing the Douche Within and Seven Habits of Highly Douchey Douches). They rank douchey colleges for GQ magazine.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Casual Bro on August 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
After reading the "Douchiest Colleges" feature on GQ's website--which I learned was excerpted from this book--I visited a store to scan the entries for my two alma maters (Duke and USC). And wow were they on the money. I don't know if the authors recruited current students or alums or what, but they nailed some serious insider details. I can only speak for the colleges I know personally, but I'd guess that the authors probably put the work in across the board. The book serves as a sort of taxonomy of douchiness for each school, with categories such as: "Douchey Affectations"; "Douchey Point of Pride"; "Unofficial Motto"; "In Five Years Will Be..."; "In Ten Years Will Be..." etc. The more time I spend with the book, the more I appreciate the rigor that the authors held themselves to while digging up such highly accurate details. It's actually pretty absurd that this much work went into a humor book. But all I've heard from anyone who's flipped through my copy is something to the effect of: "I can't believe how accurate and hilarious this is." Or to paraphrase the blurb I saw on New York magazine's "Approval Matrix": it's a pleasant and kind of remarkable surprise that this thing features well-researched and pointed insults that are this impressive. I was a big fan of the GQ piece, and I'm pretty amazed they were able to sustain that commitment to the joke, and in such detail, throughout an entire book. Well worth picking up a copy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By bostonsux on August 10, 2011
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While poking fun of the various affectations of your stereotypical student at the listed colleges, the book is wildly entertaining and right on the mark. It is an ideal guide for the aspiring freshman to see what kind of a person s/he will be molded into. The book is not only entertaining, but a very useful and more pragmatic description of what a prospective student can expect his day to day life to be like at college. It is also hilarious for those of us who sadly have departed undergraduate life, but encounter grown up douches that are clearly products of their college choices. The writing in the book rings true time and again... especially for those d-bags at DUKE and Harvard....it's almost too easy.

Well done,
Dr. Littleton
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sprucegum on March 14, 2013
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Fantastic book. I pissed myself reading it. It's funny mainly because what it says about each college is true on some level. If you're debating which college to attend the info in this book could actually help you decide even though it's supposed to a humorous parody of various colleges. I just wish the authors had included more universities. This book is great to pass around at grad parties.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Don Reed on December 17, 2011
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America's Douchiest Colleges, Rogers & Littleton; Chronicle Books (2011)

Excellent (I didn't say "superb"). But you can't give five stars to authors whose objectives were so easily attained.

From "Squad Drill," Sgt. Mickey Sullivan's Civil War memoir: "Wallschlaeger & Thomas proved to be good soldiers... [but Thomas]... 'couldn't shoot & hit a barn if he was within it..."

Rogers & Littleton were inside the barn & "couldn't miss."

Oh really? Bink! Went the first half of the 5th Star. The Bard College satire commits the cardinal sin of comedy - it's as boring & sterile as the self-righteous drones that infest the campus!

The focus of the piece should have been the complete destruction of the campus's original beauty after Fisher-Soros had given them millions of dollars, subsequently squandered on the construction of indescribably hideous buildings (blueprints of which were created at Fisher-Price).

Why not mention the typical visiting 50 year-old father of a student, parading along on Stone Row Boulevard (elevation 250 feet above sea level) who's conscientiously informing the entire campus of his incomparable significance, via a 93-decibel cel-phone conversation?

But no. Some schlub on a unicycle in front of the Richard M. Nixon Memorial Library (not even a Bard student - he got lost coming south from Albany on the Taconic!) - got the ink & the snap.

More time was wasted satirizing Steely Dan for being "soulless." This is like trying to make fun of Eddie Murphy because you think he's a WASP.

Another half-star was lost due to an innocent but unpardonable oversight - the infamous Mark Gerard was not listed as a Cornell graduate. Come on. guys - read the obituaries once in a while!
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17 of 32 people found the following review helpful By McLady on July 21, 2011
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This book has Penn State as #2, and Ohio State, Duke, and UVA aren't in the top 10?? I think the authors need to do some better research! They wear suits and ties to football games at UVA. Vineyard Vines makes a UVA tie!! How does it get douchier than that?
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