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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 a columnist for Fortune magazine and 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, and The Big Bing, as well as the novels Lloyd: What Happened and You Look Nice Today. 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060734809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060734800
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. J. Marsella on July 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Good for a couple of laughs but essentially one funny idea stretched into a hardcover. Something to page through on a plane, in the bathroom , or while waiting for the dentist but not much substance. Better yet - pick it up at your local bookstore read it over a latte and return it to the shelf 20 minutes later and you'll have the idea.
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Since I work one of the so-called "BS" jobs listed in this book, let me make it clear that I can take a joke, and I don't mind being ribbed now and then about it. There is BS in my field just like in any other - including business journalism. But I've read Bing's columns in Esquire magazine over the years, and I can safely say that Bing is quite a BS artist himself, and many of his pieces haven't really deserved to see print in a national magazine. (Others have, of course). Bing's sneering dismissal of many 'alternative' career paths, while funny, tells the reader a lot more about the limits of Bing's worldview than it does about the jobs he derides.

This book is just another example of his habit of coming up with an extended magazine piece, wrapping a hardcover around it, and getting some publishing house to charge the reader $15.00-$20.00 for something no better (or funnier) than a typical mass-forwarded joke list on Usenet or a daily blog entry.

I wouldn't say "don't buy it", since Bing is still funnier and sharper than many writers who comment on commerce and business. I would say, buy it only if you have money to burn, and don't mind spending a large amount of money for a very small number of mild chuckles.
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I got this book to really learn something (no laughing :)) but it was just a funny read, and not much substance to it. I could not really follow the logic in a lot of places, and I had trouble explaining exactly what the book is about, although I liked the last very last 3 pages. Funny light-reading, if you have the time....
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I actually thought this book was pretty damn funny. The bit about the consultant flying in on a helicopter in deck shoes with no socks, asking, "Who writes the checks around here?" was classic. Sure, it's not a freaking Dave Barry book - and that's kind of the point. Read it for what it is, and you'll get your money's worth.
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Mr. Bing left out the most bullsh*t of jobs ever from his list of 100: Author. Oh, the irony! And Mr. Bing is well qualified as a bullsh*t author. Unfortunately, it's also one of the easiest jobs to get nowadays--just slap some sh*t together and publish it.
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By some guy on February 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
I saw this in an airport and noticed my job(quantum physicist) was one of the BS jobs. Let me tell you that this is the only business book I could ever stand to read. Nothing in this book is serious of course. Tahts what makes it good. Its all a big joke. Even the formula the author uses to rank the jobs is basically total BS.
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I saw this on the shelf at a now-defunct brick & mortar bookseller and thumbed through a couple pages. I took it for what it was. a business humor book. I still thumb through it and enjoy the entries. If you're looking for Homer, or Dostoyefsky, you're not going to find it in the pop-business-section of a bookstore. This was an enjoyable read with amusing views of well known job titles.
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A perfectly funny bathroom book. Enjoy it in parts, in whole, or in any order. Some of the chaptes are downright hilarious, others cute.

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.
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