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Crimes Against Civility by [Simms, Richard]
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About the Author

Richard M. Simms is a magazine editor (Soaps In Depth), blogger (HowRudeAreYou.com), podcaster (Tune In Tomorrow ) and twitterholic (@RudeReport). He loves all things Disney and most things television, and, when drinking bourbon, develops an inexplicable Southern accent. Since “Friendships, Secrets and Lies” finally was released on DVD, his life has been complete.

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  • File Size: 393 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006O3JLSE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By KDMask VINE VOICE on December 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
First of all, I bought this book for the Kindle Cloud and read it right on my PC. I wasn't aware that was an option and it turned out to be great. As for the book itself, it's hilarious and spot on in it's descriptions of everything from apartment dwelling to cranky customer service. Simms breaks things down into "Pet Peeves", "Waste Cases" and "Cell Phonies" and a host of other categories. He knows when you're just BS on the cell, trying to pretend you're hobnobbing with someone famous. Part "everyman" Seinfeld and "cranky-lady" Phillis Diller, there's something here for everyone to relate to. As the world turns more and more into itself, we should be more mindful of the civility of the times past. When Simms draws a relationship between "Married with Children" and "The Jersey Shore" you realize his grasp on histories crass! Fun and fast paced and great gift for your cynical friends and those that need a nudge in the right (civil) direction.
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Having been a Twitter follower of Richard's for some time, I had to give his book a shot. Found myself in agreement quite often in the way he describes life, raising children, office time... all the while hoping that my chuckling wouldn't keep my other half awake. I could visualize people I know in the different scenarios.... for instance, the person at work that everyone tries to avoid at ALL costs. He writes each topic in a way that the reader can easily visualize how things happen and why.

A quick, fun read. Am hoping he writes more books!
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In this book, Simms comments on the rude and ridiculous things that are sending our society to "hell in a hand basket." While reading the book, I often found myself nodding in agreement with his observations and comments. The chapter on Customer Service should be read at every staff training everywhere... Very funny and oh so true... Perhaps I should buy a few more copies and keep on me at all times, and instead of just giving the next rude person I encounter the stank eye, I should throw this book at them.
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I found this book reflected a lot of my own musings from the last few years, especially with regard to customer service, the field I work in, pedestrian rights, something I deal with on a daily basis, and the internet, where I spend far too much of my time. I'd love to send copies of this book to the customer service reps I audit and nearly everyone under 30 that I know. I also think this should be required reading in high school and or middle school. I appreciated the author's use of humor to make his points. I rated this book a 4 because I never give anything a perfect score. But this is as close to a perfect guide on some of the most important issues in our society that are within the ability of most of us mere mortal's ability to change.
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I would have done a video review, but it's 2 in the morning and I'm naked. You're welcome.

I loved this book... well written, and very relatable. And apparently relatable is not a word. Now I understand why Richard is one of my friends on Facebook-- we want to punch people for all the same reasons. I wish everyone on the planet would read "Crimes Against Civility" and take it to heart. People are a bunch of annoying jerks, and we all could make the world a better place by acting like we're not the only ones in it.

Also? I felt really old when I read this. I'm technically a Millenial, as the old folks call us, and I still found everything Richard said about us to be completely true. And that makes me sad.

On a brighter note-- since parents are always wondering why kids don't come with instructions, can we just start handing them a copy of this book with a post-it on the front that says "this is how you make sure your kids don't grow up to be annoying little pricks?" Because that would be awesome.
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This book is hilarious. I really was laughing out loud especially during Chapter Three: Moving Violations. Richard Simms reads like a stand-up comedian with a bone to pick.

"Crimes Against Civility" should be required reading for all high schools, airplanes, DOTs, doctors' waiting rooms, bars, cell phone suppliers--everywhere that offenders may gather.

One quick point on why people throw cigarette butts on the ground--they don't always go out like they should. I guess I'd rather see them in the gutter than read about a fire set by one. It would be nicer if everyone could just quit smoking but as an ex-smoker I know how hard that is to do.
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Format: Paperback
Richard has a wicked sense of humor which really makes this book a gem. He rants about rudeness in todays society andbreaks his rants down into different sections that deal with everything from internet message board flaming wars to bad drivers. All of this while inserting tons of pop culture references. Its truly hilarious when you realize that you are guilty of some of the things that are rude! My only complaint was that he had a section on customer service people (which I did agree mostly with) and as a customer service person myself I wish there was a section on crazy ass rude customers! hahaha
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There were definitely some funny parts and good points but the author took way too long too make his points and rambled on. That made it a difficult read. I found myself skipping paragraphs or even pages at a time.
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