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In Praise of Flattery (Stages) Hardcover – November 1, 2007
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I've learned hundreds of things about flattery, including: insulting flattery (my favorite kind), true flattery and false, the science and the art, women and men differences, playing up flattery for the audience as well as the flatteree, the difference between praise and flattery. So many things that flatter - money, gifts, fortune, but also envy, silence, names. Emblems of flattery. Dangers of flattery. Divine flattery. And more.
After learning about all these aspects of flattery and examples throughout history, I was surprised to come across a self-help section with sage advice. For example: "If you flatter yourself properly you will be better able to enjoy yourself. Stretch your joy so that others enjoy you too." And yet "Flatter yourself critically," which I believe is so important.
I'm very much about the beauty of books as well as content, and this book has it. There are lots of quotations weaved in, which flower the book and illustrate the points (and if you like quotes, see also his Quotology book!). In Praise of Flattery has a beautiful design on the cover and throughout at the chapter breaks - so stylish - as well as nifty art and illustrations from centuries past.
He finishes off with impressively extensive notes and bibliography sections.
I enjoy Mr Regier's writing style - whimsically intellectual, scholarly yet playful, light yet thought-provoking, fun yet brainy - with lots of subtleties. "Flattery.... is sweet, sticky, addictive, and as full of surprises as a new lover.Read more ›