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What Would Ben Stein Do: Applying the Wisdom of a Modern-Day Prophet to Tackle the Challenges of Business and Life Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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The reason you should listen to Ben Stein is, quite simply, he says a lot of smart stuff about many different things. He's the wise old owl perched in a tree, waiting to answer all of your questions about life, marriage, work, and money.
Delivered with the dry, honest wit that millions of people have come to know and love, Ben Stein shares his advice on nearly every topic imaginable, from the importance of being a loving spouse to the folly of supply-side economics. Understand the value of punctuality, sleep, and diversification. Let his wisdom guide you in coping with loss, feelings of despair, and national deficits.
Stein's experience from Washington to Hollywood—and everywhere in between—makes him an ideal individual to offer guidance to others. His expertise in countless fields substantiates his keen observations on the range of challenges that people face every day. What Would Ben Stein Do? Well, he would read this book. Learn something new and useful from Ben Stein today.
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Here is my take: I have a favorable opinion of Ben Stein based on all of his previous work (all detailed on the jacket of the book): he seems like a smart, funny accomplished guy. So, when my dad passed this book along, I was excited to read it. Regardless of how I feel about the advice being given (I agree with some parts, not with others), it is the shallowness of the arguments that was surprising to me: I can hear this level of advice simply eavesdropping on conversations on the bus or in the local cafe. How much time did Ben Stein (or whomever ghosted this for him) actually put into it? I feel that perhaps there is a Ben Stein joke here: on the reader for buying an advice book from someone like him. That is the only way this book works.
The book consists of thirty-three short chapters where Stein discusses a specific aspect of life that, depending on how we implement the principle, will contribute to our happiness or walk us into pain and despair. Stein's basic point is that we are either making ourselves stronger or weaker. We are either connecting to life and the good things in the universe or isolating ourselves and foolishly leaning on our frail abilities.
Mr. Stein focuses on building the aspects of your life that will give you a foundation and a source of healing and strength as you go through the storms of life. He emphasizes, rightly, the importance of marriage and how to form one for a lifetime. I enjoy how he uses examples from his own life and the lives of people he has known to illustrate what tends to flow from heeding or disregarding these principles. Many of these stories are also quite funny.
Of course, marriage is about family and Stein also takes us through relationships with our parents and our kids.Read more ›
This is a book that needs to be "Chewed and digested" Read it again!
Stein's wide-ranging - and satisfying - preachings about the importance of self-respect in personal appearance and conduct infuse the text. See, for example, how too many people look and act in airports. See, especially, his analysis of the really successful marriage.
Ben Stein, the economist, on the other hand, comes across strangely. His adamant postions on fiscal policy (taxes) and monetary policy (big money) do not sound like one would think. The small problem here is that he doesn't support these positions. Perhaps we should be thankful that we do NOT hear an endless, supported position from an economist. ("On the other hand")!
One might say that the very most interesting part about this book comes from Ben Stein telling of his less-than-straight earlier adulthood. Ben Stein the straight-lace, Ben Stein the monotone-speaker apparently was not always so. Who would have guessed! Nevertheless, through the book, we still find ourselves thinking, "Bueller ... Bueller ... Bueller...?"
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I read this book. I enjoyed this book. This book had alot of great advice. His solutions to problems are so simple and elementary it makes you want to go, "Uh, duh, why didn't I... Read morePublished on January 12, 2012 by Michael L. Fraering
This book is well-written. It is funny and quick to the point. While most of the book is just simply entertaining, I would say there are other parts of the book that are very... Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by Quentin L. Smith
this is not the book for you. Ben Stein has no business giving advice on anything. He has no real understanding of personal finance or the stock market.Published on December 4, 2011 by Brian Clark
I received this book as a gift and devoured it in a few short days. While I thought I might get some sound financial advice and insights into our failing economy, I was surprised... Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by Renae Garcia