- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (March 3, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0836217578
- ISBN-13: 978-0836217575
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 8.1 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Build a Better Life by Stealing Office Supplies: Dogbert's Big Book of Business Paperback – March 3, 1994
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In BABLBSOS, Scott Adams covers his by now familiar territory of the world of American high tech business for the very first time. BABLBSOS is not a rehash of the daily Dilbert strip like so many other collections of Adams'. Rather, BABLBSOS is original material organized by topics, which collectively cover all major aspects of the workplace experience in a high tech company. Since Adams is exploring this material for the first time, and is not doing it in a daily comic strip form, the results are more hard-hitting and concise than Adams' subsequent books. Each page stands on its own and showcases in the best possible way Adams' brilliantly cynical understanding of how businesses all too often really function.
But BABLBSOS is more than just Scott Adams' best work. It also is one of the best business books and management guides ever created, and certainly the pithiest. All too many business books present prescriptions for how businesses should operate. BABLBSOS is the opposite: an "anti-business" book that shows how businesses actually behave, from the perspective of the employees. The challenge and guidance for managers, then, is to do the opposite of the pointy-haired boss, to avoid the situations that Adams presents.Read more ›
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Recently I started re-reading my Dilbert collections; this is the second collection of unique strips by my count, but they're not precisely Dilbert strips in the traditional sense: each page is a single 4-panel strip where the first panel is Dogbert explaining a rule of business.
The strips are very funny and actually sadly seem quite a "spot on" reflection, even dated as this volume is. I do wish that there was less of a reliance on female stereotypes in some of the pieces -- there's at least two strips that indicate that nicely dressed women are either likely having affairs with upper management or hoping to skate by on sex appeal. Adams can be funnier than that and doesn't need to resort to these stereotypes; fortunately these strips are two out of ~100 and the rest of the book is very funny and fun. (And his later collections have moved away from these "jokes" entirely, I believe.)
~ Ana Mardoll
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The content is great, but the delivery is horrible. Small, badly formatted, hard to read comics. This could have been done much better.Published 11 months ago by Michael
I own most of the Scott Adams Dilbert books and have yet to come across a single one that I didn't enjoy reading.Published 12 months ago by Prower
It was just what I was looking for and it was delivered promptly.Published 23 months ago by James E. J Jr.
Really enjoyed it. Bought dirt cheap, but I agree with the other reviewers. Very funny if you work in/ever work in a big office.Published on June 30, 2013 by Lauren
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