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I See Rude People: One woman's battle to beat some manners into impolite society Paperback – Bargain Price, November 27, 2009
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--Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa, London School of Economics, tinyurl.com/kanazrudep --FROM PSYCHOLOGY TODAY (added by author)
"Seriously great book. Alkon is smart and savvy and funny as hell. Where Hannibal the Cannibal only ate the rude, Alkon stands up to them with the sort of glorious panache that sometimes makes you want to stand and cheer." David Middleton FROM JANUARY MAGAZINE (added by author)
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That said, some of her stories don't describe her defending against rudeness as such, but her fights against people (cops and bank workers, for starts) who don't give her the service she feels she deserves, and at these points in the book she loses a little of my sympathy. I've had a car stolen; I've had problems at her bank which were handled professionally. Glossed over in her complaints of how her bank failed to prevent theft from her account is that her bank refunded her money without question. That they refused to help her track down the perpetrator is hardly surprising.Read more ›
BTW, my review was posted several months ago but within an hour or two of it being online I had received votes that it was "not useful", which I found rather odd - especially since it normally takes some time to receive feedback on books that have been out for a while. I read through other less-than-stellar reviews and associated comments and discovered the rather sad situation of the author and people who "really like" the book accusing those who don't of being part of a conspiracy to harass Alkon and damage her sales - apparently some of the hostility touched on in the book spilled over onto Amazon's review pages.Read more ›
This a book for everyone. Those burdened by the impolite may learn defensive strategies, or at least learn that they have a champion in Amy Alkon. If we're lucky, the impolite will learn that what they do is actually impolite, causing them to change their ways; at the very least, however, they will learn to look over their shoulders.
"I See Rude People" is delightfully entertaining. Those familiar with Alkon's advice column ([...]) will recognize her wit and energy. After reading "I See Rude People," those not familiar with her column will be impelled to make it a regular destination for an "Alkon fix."
This book is even better than my expectations. As much as I enjoy visiting her blog, I get involved in the discussions there and sometimes forget that Amy is there. And this book really was an evening with Amy. She's sassy, precocious, and absolutely fabulous in the way she relates her stories and views.
Ms Alkon makes you laugh and makes you think. And from her precisely sharp wit she provides us all with courage to make the world a little more friendly, and a better place.
The advicegoddess is my new Dave Barry. And with much better hair. I can't wait to send copies of her book to friends and foe.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was good for some chuckles and some vicarious rants of retaliation. Am glad to know I'm not the only one who is annoyed by much of what she relates. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I first encountered Amy years ago when our local paper started running her advice column and have enjoyed her wisdom for years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CJK4
Wish I had the determination of the Author to follow through to all the phone calls that are unsolicited. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Soupie
A very good read on how and possibly why our world/society has "evolved" to... As I read on, about our collective "horribleness" my hope for our kind (humans), sank deeper and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cat Mommy
Amy Alkon's view of the world, as presented in this book, is something I strongly identify with. Her writing is funny and clever, and she is not afraid to break taboos. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amelia
I managed to push myself through about 4 pages....don't waste your timePublished 4 months ago by Roger Willingham