- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperBusiness; First Edition edition (May 2, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060734795
- ISBN-13: 978-0060734794
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,682,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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100 Bullshit Jobs...And How to Get Them Hardcover – May 2, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
There's an element of bullshit in all jobs, including his own, but bestselling author Bing (Sun Tzu was a Sissy) has taken a wickedly satiric approach and ranked the BS quotient in jobs both common and obscure that require little effort but pay well. From aromatherapist to motivational speaker to velvet rope nazi to critic (touché), he dissects the skills necessary to excel in these jobs, as well as the upside, the downside and the "dark side." Using humor and insight, no job is off his radar, including high power corporate jobs like investment banker, rarified non-jobs like boulevardier (George Hamilton), and the crumber, who "removes detritus from dining in restaurants." Bing's central piece of advice is to hone your internal bullshit detector and find the right balance between fulfillment and fluff: "In the end, a life that is made up of nothing but bullshit is as untenable as one that is completely dedicated to content. It is your gift on this earth, your right as a living, sentient human being to fight for the right mix."
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About the Author
Stanley Bing is the bestselling author of Crazy Bosses, What Would Machiavelli Do?, Throwing the Elephant, Sun Tzu Was a Sizzy, 100 Bullshit Jobs . . . And How to Get Them, The Big Bing, and The Curriculum, as well as the novels Lloyd: What Happened, You Look Nice Today, and Immortal Life. By day he is an haute executive in a gigantic multinational corporation whose identity is one of the worst-kept secrets in business.
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After you put it down, you can ask yourself the following: "I paid for this?" You could have read it while standing in the aisle at Borders.
Please don't get me wrong. Stanley Bing is brilliant and his Fortune columns are must-reads, its just that you need to accept this book for what it is. Its cute and cuddly. A potato chip of a book, not a whole meal.
Readable and funny, this book shows that Mr. Bing is a dedicated student of human nature.
Full disclosure, I am a blogger and I had the rare opportunity to become a radio talk show host a few years ago. Two of the jobs in this book were "Blogger" and "Right Wing Radio Talk Show Host." I actually agree with Bing, trying to fill 3 hours of radio time a day involves a surprising amount of BS and I think all radio talk show hosts have various levels of BS in their broadcast.
But it's not just limited to right wing talk show hosts, there are plenty of left wing talk show hosts who are just as bad. I like Ed Schultz and Alan Colmes, but Janeane Garafalo and Wendy Wilde are shrill BSers of the worst sort. I accept Bing is not a right winger, but this book would have been so much more had he been fair and objective. I guess I might be a bit unfair to him but every chance he had at taking deserving shots at both right and left wingers he focused on the right.
Also, Bing wasted time on BS BS jobs. At one point he made the point that being the Yeti was a BS job. That's a little sophomoric even for me.
The book never attempted to delve deep into the subject of BS nor did it try to focus on what exactly made a job full of "it." These were quick summaries and not very insightful. I must say though, Bing is a very good writer and is naturally funny. I had a hard time putting this book down and I would sincerely encourage others to read it despite my criticisms.