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New Yorker and NPR humorist Borowitz, author of the stock-market populism spoof The Trillionaire Next Door, sends up both corporate criminals and business literature in this rather funny book. With tongue firmly in cheek, Borowitz distills platitudes from countless business and leadership manuals and applies them to the context of the maximum security penitentiary. All the cliches are there: the leadership slogans (incarcerated CEO's should "be proactive" by starting riots instead of waiting to be made the cellblock bitch); the relentless positive thinking ("you'll emerge from your time in the joint more productive, more innovative, and millions of dollars wealthier than you were on the day the prison guard first checked you for lice"); the self-improvement schemas ("the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Prisoners"); the spurious soulfulness ("if being in prison is no longer about having fun, then what's the point?"); and the game theory buzz-concepts ("Win/Win" strategies usually lose out in prison to "Win/Die" strategies). Borowitz gives a pitch-perfect rendition of the vacuities of some business books, but given a genre in which Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun was a bestseller, his smart little book hardly seems like a parody.
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Andy Borowitz is a comedian and satirist whose work appears in The New Yorker and at his award-winning website, BorowitzReport.com. He was the first-ever winner of the National Press Club’s award for humor.
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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Bernie Madoff Edition edition (June 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743251423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743251426
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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By A Customer on June 29, 2003
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I first encountered Andy Borowitz's wicked satirical wit on NPR, and then more recently have been enjoying his brilliant one-liners on CNN. Then I got hooked on his Borowitz Report column after reading a glowing front page story about him in The Wall Street Journal. If you've never read Borowitz, Who Moved My Soap? is the perfect place to start. It's a hysterically funny take on the recent spate of corporate scandals, but it's more than that: it contains Borowitz's totally original, totally side-splitting riffs on pop culture, celebrities, politics, and even the Zagat guide and feng shui. The chapters are punchy and short, so it's the ideal funny book to read in little bits during a day at the beach. And it stays with you -- I read it days ago and I'm still quoting jokes to friends.
One warning, though. While Who Moved My Soap? is the perfect beach read, if you read it on the beach you're bound to get strange looks from those around you as you find yourself laughing uncontrollably. That's what happened to me on the beach in Rhode Island, and people kept coming over to ask me what was so funny. The next day, I spotted four more people reading Who Moved My Soap? Mark my words, it's the book of the summer.
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By A Customer on June 18, 2003
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This book will give new meaning to such corporate phrases as "back-stabbing", "the 'Peter' principle" and "360 degree employee management". Borowitz, in his unique and humorous style, pinpoints the gaping flaws inherent in the 'Rock Star CEO' mentality that exist today. Borowitz really proves that the emporer has no clothes - and that becomes quite problematic during the prison phase of the CEO's life. The book is an excellent, refreshing and lighthearted look at where capitalism went astray. The ability to laugh at ourselves is essential and Borowitz provides and excellent vehicle to achieve those ends. A highly recommended read.
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This book is just hilarious! Borowitz hits the nail on the head with some of his "tips" for CEOs headed for prison. The funniest chapter was The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Prisoners. It just kept me rolling. If you're tired of CEOs' antics, pick this book up, it's totally worth it.
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Modern corporate world is a sty reeking of corporate scandals. This, despite a whole deluge of corporate "gurus" and biz books dispensing truckloads of advice on how to better run your company, manage your time, manage your employees, etc etc.
Trust Andy Borowitz to rip the vacuity of almost 90% of such advisory tripe to shreds. He hammers home the drudgery of business cliches in an absolutely hilariously anti-establishment satire. It's an easy to read compilation, you could devour it in a couple of hours if you wish (and you mostly likely will).
The title itself is a funny play on "Who moved my cheese", a monumentally boring bestseller from a few years ago about change management. As one of the reviews suggests, change is something a lot of disillusioned CEOs like Martha Stewart have to cope with in their newfound abodes.
Pick up this gem for some pure, unadulterated, and occasionally even laught-out-loud humor. Pronto purchase material!
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By A Customer on July 25, 2003
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I never believed that old cliche about laughter being the best medicine until my best friend gave me "Who Moved My Soap" to read. I recently lost my job and had been down in the dumps, looking for work in this lousy economy. This book put an instant smile on my face! Anyone who's ever had a lousy boss or other workplace woes will completely love it. I passed it on to another friend (who happened to have lost almost all of his 401k thanks to crooked CEOs) and he said it was the funniest book he's ever read. But it's more than just funny... it's TRUE!
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By A Customer on May 31, 2003
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Martha Stewart and Ken Lay won't like this book, but the rest of us will laugh out loud from page one all the way to the end. If you've lost your job, or just your pension plan thanks to crooked CEOs, this book is the best medicine. Who Moved My Soap is a masterpiece -- I put it up there with the best of David Sedaris, Steve Martin or Dave Barry. And for those of us who have very little left in their 401(k), it's hard to beat the price.
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I didn't have much hope for WHO MOVED MY SOAP? The CEO's Guide to Surviving in Prison. At first blush it seemed that Andy Borowitz was playing to a limited audience, constructing a kind of lampoon of the bestselling WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? while skewering white-collar criminals. Nothing really much to laugh at. But that's why we read the books. And WHO MOVED MY SOAP? turns out to be interesting, well-done, and very funny.
WHO MOVED MY SOAP? is intended as a satirical guide for the CEO who finds himself going to prison. It is written in the voice of a convicted CEO who has survived prison and is now sharing his expertise with others who find themselves in similar straits. By "prison," Borowitz is not referring to the minimum security facilities where inmates spend their day tending to well-manicured lawns or reading in spotless libraries in between trips to the salad bar and conjugal visits from the Mrs. No, Borowitz is talking "prison" here, Oz territory, where the issue of "Who moved my soap?" can become quite important.
Admittedly, it does take Borowitz a few pages to get things moving. Given that WHO MOVED MY SOAP? is less than 100 pages in length, he does not have many to squander. Accordingly the first third of WHO MOVED MY SOAP? is more of a warm-up than anything else, with Borowitz putting a tongue-in-cheek positive spin on the executive going to prison.
It is in the second third of the book, however, that Borowitz really begins to shine. His chapter dealing with prison slang is...well, it's a riot, but it really serves to get the blood moving for the chapter dealing with meals. "Prison Food: Don't Pick Up the Check" begins with a hilarious --- and, let's face it --- an accurate comparison between prison mess halls and five-star restaurants.
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