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Hard Sell: Now a Major Motion Picture LOVE and OTHER DRUGS Paperback – November 30, 2010
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That being said, this is a good book. I wouldn't rank it in my top 10, but Jamie Reidy is a good story teller and parts of the book did make me laugh out loud. I never thought that I wanted to know that much about Pfizer, but I'm glad I do.
If you're looking for a quirky memoir about a pharmaceutical sales rep, I would read this one. If you're looking for a memoir laced with a love story, I suggest "It's Kind Of A Funny Story" by Ned Vizzini.
Reidy is a major slacker. He details his day-to-day at Pfizer, which included starting work at 11 (sometimes later), taking naps, and having 3 day weekends. The scams he comes up with are creative. He gets around Pfizers managers who try to keep vigilant track of their employees. He has plenty of funny and amusing stories.
One item missing is Reidy's ascent to the top. Despite a relaxed approach to work, he ends up being the #1 Viagara rep in the country by the time he leaves. It would have been interesting to hear more stories about his ambition and drive. He constantly understates his efforts which can't possibly be true with his track record.
The book is slim and quick to get through. If you're looking for a basic introduction to pharmaceutical sales, you can find information here. It doesn't serve as a great guide to sales or marketing.
The author is a great story teller, and for that reason alone this book is worth the read. He compares selling for Pfizer to the military, and I think the comparisons make the story all the more memorable.
The anecdotes are funny, but informative. If you've ever wondered what its like to really be a pharmaceutical salesman, this book is a great read, just for the info on sales.
All - in - all, if you want a great story with some laughs and fun mixed in, this book is the perfect read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyable and as a salesman who frequents the same bars as he has, relatable. but quite an anticlimactic end. Overall worth the read thoughPublished 21 months ago by Brendan
Catchy title - but that's due to screenwriter Ted Griffin. He talked the author out of using an earlier one. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jet Lagged
The author is a likable guy but the story is not compelling (at all) until you find out how it is this thing ever showed up on your book search.Published on April 11, 2014 by Billy T
Very funny and easy to read! This was a very candid book about Reidy"s experience as a pharmaceutical representative during the hey-day of the pharmaceutical industry.Published on December 30, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I HATED reading this book for my Pharmacy Ethics class. I started to give this one star because I hated the book so much, but I didn't want that to look bad on the seller. Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by Stephanie
Love the book... really love the movie.....Both will one day be a classic.....Ann Hathaway..and.. Jake Gyllenhaal....make the book come alive on the screen
Well written and an interesting side of the industry to hear about. Recommend for other sales reps, not sure who else this would appeal toPublished on July 1, 2013 by Kate linterman
It would be interesting read during the early years of Viagra, read it in 2013 and it's dull like raw egg.Published on March 20, 2013 by Jozef Thenu