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How Not to Get Rich: Or Why Being Bad Off Isn't So Bad Hardcover – August 25, 2005

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About the Author

Robert Sullivan is the author of The Meadowlands and A Whale Hunt, which were both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and the national bestseller Rats. He is a contributing editor to Vogue and a contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Times. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (September 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159691002X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596910027
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,659,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have heard amazing stories about this author, who also wrote "Rats" and "A Whale Hunt" and "The Meadowlands." Once, it is said, as a protest against the SEC, he lay all afternoon on the couch of a friend and counted to twenty-four thousand by ones in a snarling voice. Anyway, this book is of course a very funny satire of how-to-get-rich books, and an eloquent warning against the ultimate metaphysical emptiness of the peculiarly American yearning for massive wealth. But it's also, à la Thoreau's Walden but far less preachy, a material and spiritual self-help book, an old-fashioned philosophical treatise on the good life. It made me feel pretty okay about certain important life decisions I've made that have had nothing at all to do with making money. Then I looked at my credit card bill.
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Format: Hardcover
My wife recently gave me Sullivan's "Rats" as a birthday present. (No, she doesn't think I'm a rodent--at least I don't think she does--but she knows I'm interested in books about cities.) I loved "Rats"--a truly great read--and ran out to get Sullivan's "Meadowlands." Another great book! Sullivan is learned AND funny--a pretty rare combination, and "How Not To Get Rich" is equal parts wise and hilarious. This is one brilliant writer. His bio says he's also an editor at VOGUE magazine. Go figure. Any how, I think this guy has a Pulitzer Prize in his future.
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I downloaded this for my Kindle upon arrival at work, and was finished just prior to leaving -- disappointing because I would have liked it to have lasted at least two shifts. Clever, at times heartening, and clearly written by someone who appreciates the finer uses of the comma. It gave me at least two or three important ideas, and I highlighted a score of entries -- enough to justify the $.
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