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Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man Hardcover – December 7, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Amistad; First Edition edition (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061728993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061728990
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (481 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“One of our most successful and sought-after relationship gurus, the man women trust to tell them the truth about, well, everything.” (Essence)

About the Author

Steve Harvey is a stand-up comedian; philanthropist; host of The Steve Harvey Morning Show and the game show Family Feud; and the international bestselling author of Straight Talk, No Chaser.


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Customer Reviews

This book is really very informative and an easy read.
Dee
Great authentic and real information and guidance to understand how a relationship should work in order to last.
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I was very anxious to get this book after reading the first one.
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197 of 214 people found the following review helpful By Richad of Connecticut VINE VOICE on December 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Comedian and media star Steve Harvey has now penned his second best seller. In this book he is directing his advice to women, but I believe that men will benefit from this book just as much. The objective is to give women an informed understanding of men, and only a man could write such a book. There is no question that he is coming at relationships from a different point of view based on having living in his own intense relationships.

He knows what works and what doesn't, and he has spent considerable time trying to figure out how a man is hardwired in his brain differently than a woman. Most of us are dealing with the behavior resulting from how we think. Harvey is suggesting that we deal with the thinking itself.

A key thought that he has developed is that everything we as men do is filtered through our title, which simply means who we are. The next question is how we get that title, which means what we do for a living. The final question becomes what regard we are held in by our fellow human beings. He is very honest in saying that by this we mean what is the compensation we receive.

Harvey believes that unless we come to terms with these three questions prior to marriage, we probably can't be successfully married and therein lies the enormous divorce rate we witness in our society. Men are marrying prior to having an understanding of who they are. Without that self knowledge the relationship is doomed before it even gets started.

I believe that Harvey is touching new ground in this book, and certainly has become his own person. In the book he develops the idea that we as men have to learn how to be men before we can be anything to anyone else, who chooses to love us.
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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By LoveAmazon on January 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was very anxious to get this book after reading the first one. I know Steve took a lot of hard criticism from people with the first one and probably with this one too. However, this is just straight up and to the point without all the psychological mumbo jumbo. For women who have not had a father in their lives who actually taught them something about men this is the book for you. People expect you to know things or say its common sense but if you were never told nor taught then common sense doesn't come into play. A lot of women nowadays just don't know or don't understand because "Mama" and your girlfriends told you to go find yourself a good man but never told you anything about what you were trying to find. I thank Steve for this book and the previous one because so many of us (especially) black women who did not have fathers never knew how to pick the best father for their own children much less a man to share your life with. Say what you want and to each his own but I feel blessed by Steve taking this route in his career and writing. Had he stuck to just the comedy avenue then who else would have done this or been bold enough to inform us.
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163 of 201 people found the following review helpful By Lady and a Scholar on December 7, 2010
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First, let me say that I am not a fan of Steve Harvey. I've always thought he was a bit pompous and "me" centered and that hasn't changed after reading his book. I still think he's a tad arrogant to be writing relationship books; I ordered this book only because it was available briefly for free on Kindle pre-order. Who made him an expert?

That said, what makes him an expert is that he's a MAN. He knows what men are like and he's honest with women about what men really think and how they really behave when we're not around. I think every young woman should read the section where he delineates what men are looking for in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond. As a 61 y/o woman who has been happily married for 15 years to a good yet flawed man, I think Mr. Harvey gives sound advice, whether women want to hear what he's saying or not.

What makes me choke on giving 5 stars is that I do not like being placed inside a category (ie. the assumption that all women think or act the same). For instance, his first book's title: Act Like a Lady but Think Like a Man. As a woman, I think like I think; I do not think like either a man or a woman and resent the inference that we are all cookie-cutter copies of one another. As a young woman, I thought like a ditz and now, as a 61 y/o woman working on her doctoral program in Psychology, I use critical thinking and hopefully think like a scholar.

Also, not all women are so desperate that they are in a hurry to get married. Some women prize an education and desire to have a career while they are still young enough to enjoy its rewards just as much as a man does. No woman should ever "settle" for less than what she wants in a man just to alleviate her loneliness.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Shamontiel L. Vaughn on July 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I got this book from the library, and as soon as I put it down on the counter, the librarian goes, "You want to see what else he has to say, huh?" My response, "I really liked his last book." Her response, "Well, his wife wouldn't see it that way." My response, "Well, he has a new wife so he clearly did something right." Her response: "Oh, I didn't know he got married again." I rolled my eyes and stormed out with my book. I spent a bit of time defending why I liked his first book and I was all set to be in defense mode for this one, too. Unfortunately I just don't have the same loyalty for this read. This was a hard book to read. At one point, I honestly wanted to return it and give dap to the librarian because it had become so draining to read, but I pressed on.

Was the book well-written? Absolutely. Clean copy? Yup, the editor did a great job. A quick read? Minus all of the groaning I did, yes, I finished it in approximately four days. But there are so many problems.

Con #1: My gawd, there was so many times he rationalized coddling. He lose his job? Give him the money to pay bills anyway. (This reminded me too much of an allowance.) Get upset for a good reason? Don't upset him, too. (This reminded me of trying to avoid temper tantrums, i.e., him storming out with his friends so he doesn't face her). Happy about your place in life? Don't tell him even if he's quick to grin about his own success and flash it for you. After awhile, I wondered was this book about snagging a man or raising a son.

Con #2: There's so much Steve Harvey just doesn't know because he's not a woman. He said at one point he's not equipped to write a book about some topic mentioned (I forgot what it was). I found that problem through the WHOLE book.
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