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The Lazy Person's Handbook: Short Cuts to Get Everything You Want with the Least Possible Effort Paperback – July 5, 2005

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What the fastest way to get rich? Marry money. What's the fastest way to lose 10 pounds? Cut your daily caloric intake by 500 calories and exercise five days a week. Such is the kind of stripped-down advice readers will find in Favreau's jaunty collection of 40 how-to lists. Some of the tips Favreau provides hardly seem like short cuts-"the short cut to planning a vacation" involves researching destinations, checking your passport, setting a budget, then calling a travel agent and a concierge. And some are rather cynical-the fastest way to win an argument, he says, is to "sock'em with hard data...break out the handkerchiefs... expose inconsistencies...tar your opponent with guilt by association...reject any alternative to your argument and sling mud." And a few, like "the short cut to marital bliss," which points to studies that find that cohabitation before marriage strongly increases chances of divorce, are trenchant and surprising. Most, however, are practical, forthright and a little obvious.
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About the Author

Marc Favreau is a full-time editor, and the author of Remembering Slavery and A Pocket People's History of the United States.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (July 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399530746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399530746
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,390,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marc Favreau is the editorial director of The New Press. Authors he has worked with include Ira Berlin, Eric Hobsbawm, Lloyd Gardner, Nelson Lichtenstein, Ellen Schrecker, and Patricia Sullivan. A co-editor of Remembering Slavery, he lives in New York City.

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This is a tough book to rate, and I am giving it a four mainly for the terrific references to other books and web sites. Much of it is just plain common sense, as in "well, duh!", but sometimes it helps to see it in black and white. I particularly loved (thrown in for no apparent reason that I can discern) the exact instructions for driving from the easternmost point in the U.S., to the westernmost point, by the quickest route. Ditto the quickest way up Mount Everest. Some things are going to be impossible for the ordinary mortal - to wit, the quickest way to get rich is to marry money, or, to get invited to The White House, donate lots of cash. There are fun things, like how to solve a mystery, and how to perfect your golf swing, but all are only one or two pages of very spaced type. What the book is very strong in though, is the resources for further study. Includes interior decorating, feng shui, and the Library of Congress question site.
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Got this as a birthday gift and couldn't put it down. It is a must have for today's man!
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