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The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition Paperback – July 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; First Edition edition (July 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671529366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671529369
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Ferengi are greedy, avaricious, ruthless, cowardly and completely unscrupulous. For centuries the famous Ferengi Rules of Acquisition have been the guiding principles of the galaxy's most successful entrepreneurs. These 285 Rules of Acquisition range from,

#1 "Once you have their money, never give it back."

to

#21 "Never place friendship before profit."

These rules and hundreds more have taken many successful Ferengi to new frontiers of profit. END


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I was very confused.
Bryan M James
That being said, this is a great LITTLE book to give as a gift or keep on your coffee table.
Crashj110
Perhaps more Rules will be made public in future movies.
Rabbi Yonassan Gershom

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126 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Rabbi Yonassan Gershom VINE VOICE on July 3, 2000
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I originally bought this book hoping to get the entire list of 285 Rules. Guess what -- the book only has 70 of the Rules. The reason being, that the full list was never revealed on the series. (Yes, there are apocryphal lists of the rest of the Rules circulating in cyberspace, but they are fan-written and not canonical Trek. Hence, they are not included in this book.) Perhaps more Rules will be made public in future movies. The book does have some blank spaces at the back to list new Rules as the appear. But until they do, we'll have to be content with the 70 Rules we have, because, as Quark says on page vi, "I doubt you humans could handle much more."

This is a pocket-sized book that simply lists the Rules for handy reference, along with some B&W stills from the series. It doesn't tell you anything about the cultural context, history or practical application(s) of the Rules -- for that, you should get Legends of the Ferengi also by Ira Steven Behr & friends.

Before I go any further, I should clarify that, contrary to popular stereotypes, the Ferengi are NOT supposed to be based on Jews. (They are based on "Yankee Traders" -- see TNG episode "The Last Outpost.") As a rabbi who is also a Trekker, I can tell you that some of these Rules go directly against true Jewish values: "When in doubt, lie" (#266) would violate the Ten Commandments, as would "Never ask when you can take" (#52). "Females and finances don't mix" (#94) isn't very Jewish either, since the Book of Proverbs clearly says of the virtuous woman that "she considers a field and buys it; with her profits she plants a vineyard.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Desmond R.G. Underwood Frederick IV on December 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
From the latinum-tongued Ferengi come many witty verbal gems and commonplaces that we hew-mons would do well to commit to memory. Entertaining, insightful and hilarious, the Rules of Acquisition are a treasure not to be neglected by any Star Trek fan, or any cold-hearted, fiscally relentless money-monger. Be the life of the party as you enlighten your friends and family with these sharp-tongued Rules. And make sure to charge them for it. After all, free advice is seldom cheap.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kaiser on November 27, 2005
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Six bucks for a tiny trade paperback with a small fraction of the Rules and black-and-white photographs from the show? Quark is laughing at you. Anyway, as we learned from a DS9 episode some time after this book was published, they're not really rules at all, they're just suggestions. All hail Grand Nagus Rom.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By George Schaefer on March 13, 2000
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This is a great book for any Trekker. The Ferengi is one of the more entertaining races in the Star Trek universe. I have often quoted the Rules in conversation. I was delighted when I learned this book was available. I was a little disappointed that this book did not include all the Rules of Acquisition but this was still a lot of fun to read. There is probably some sound business acumen to be gained from these rules though the morals leave something to be desired. As Americans, though, we are a capitalist society and like it or not the Ferengi way mirrors a lot of the more negative aspects of our culture. It is not always pretty but we should try to learn from it. Of course, Free advice is seldom cheap #59 so I do not expect anyone to take my advice on learning from these rules. But this is a fun way for people to see some of our own folly. A guy like Quark is probably not a bad friend in spite of all his flaws.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 1997
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This book was excellent! I would definitly buy a sequel. It has plenty of good advice for all the want - to - get - rich people. There were two things though. I looked up the rules in my Deep Space 9 magazines and two had different numbers. But that didn't ruin the book at all. I liked the photos too
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Wyatt on July 18, 2002
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A great little precursor to "Legends of the Ferengi." Giving the timing of this little treasure, it's a very good trek extra. As far as it being rules to live by, I don't know about that. For collector's sake, this is a pure must to have! It's definitely worth the nominal fee. (Just don't pay retail)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 7, 2008
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I was disappointed to see how small this book is -- physically and content-wise. It's a small paperback that lists the Rules of Acquisition (1 per page). No frills, no extras. I guess it would be a handy pocket-reference guide if someone needed a pocket reference to the Rules of Acquisition (maybe a young Ferengi studying for a test at school?).

I would have like to see a little more (maybe a cross-reference to the Episode or Book where the Rule was 1st mentioned or an index or a little background on the Ferengi culture and the role of commerce, etc.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dicerotops on April 13, 2012
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I thought that this book would include ALL the rules, if not at least those mentioned in the series. I was very disappointed that several rules were missing. Maybe I can understand those that weren't referenced in the series, but they didn't even include all of those!
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