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- Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (January 5, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786116889
- ISBN-13: 978-0786116881
- Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,898,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At the beginning of this book Michael Levine stresses the importance of being an "Ambassador" of your particular people group(s) in the various settings and roles that life puts you in.
Unfortunately, based on the lack of a moral center here Levine appears to be an Ambassador that people group called, "apostate Jew". I finally had to stop listening to this audio book about half way in as I found his reinforcement of anti-Judeo-Christian values and behaviors (aka "sin") simply too much to take!
For example, is it really "polite" to be prepared for immoral situations like sex outside of marriage sleep overs by always keeping a spare, unopened tooth brush and other opposite sex personals (like birth control devices) on hand? Is lying ever REALLY appropriate behavior? Mr. Levine seems to think so and advises that it be done in several of the scenarios presented in this book. (As in the age old, "Feelings MUST be spared so lie if necessary" situational ethics justification)
[Side Thought: If God's ways are true, wise and lead to blessing then one can wonder where Mr. Levine's way will lead you . . . oh yeah, read on . . . ]
Perhaps the problem here is that Levine is also a member of that people group called, "Hollywood Industry Insiders" (he's a long time Public Relations specialist) and has lived in their neighborhood for far too long. Based on the "ambassadorial" norms discussed in this book I can only conclude that Hollywood is indeed as out of touch and morally compromised as their steady stream of morally compromised movies and TV-shows would seem to indicate. Reading this book made a lot of things fall into place for me in this regard.
On the flip side there ARE some etiquette gems here (this is REALLY a book on etiquette not Social I.Q. as it's defined by clinicians and researchers). However, another problem is that they can also be found elsewhere and without the meandering loose morals. I have found the following to be very helpful in this regard:
How To Be A Gentleman : A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy
50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know
Etiquette For Dummies (For Dummies (Psychology & Self Help))
Business Etiquette For Dummies (For Dummies (Business & Personal Finance))
And on the TRUE Social I.Q. front these are quite good:
Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships
Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren't
In the end I determined that this is one of those books with diamonds in it that you must wade through mounds of trash to find. I like diamonds but I hate trash, so I was very disappointed and, frankly, can't recommend this book. Mr. Prager's praise for a person as morally relative as the author of this book appears to be just mystifies and astounds me!
I'm sure that Mr. Levine would feel that this means that I lack Social I.Q. However, I don't feel that diverting traffic from a seemingly benign but, in reality, dangerous valley is rude or insensitive -- it's a service. I can't think of anything more dangerous or destructive than ignoring the wisdom that God has given us in His laws and precepts and giving ourselves over to our fallen nature - whether it's done politely or not.
Avoid this valley!