I See Rude People: One Woman’s Battle to Beat Some Manners into Impolite Society

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McGraw Hill Professional, Nov 23, 2009 - Self-Help - 256 pages
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"This crazy redhead is on to something. Her pink Rambler story alone is worth the price of the book." -- Elmore Leonard

"Amy Alkon is intellectually promiscuous--and funny as hell." -- Paleopsychologist Howard Bloom, author of The Lucifer Principle

We all just suck it up every day. You leave the house for a latte and somebody'll flip you the bird on your way and force their loud cellphone conversation on you once you're there.

It doesn't have to be that way, says award-winning syndicated columnist Amy Alkon. Her hilarious stories of her in-your-face encounters with rude people and businesses will inspire you to stand up to the boors in your own world.

Alkon not only gives the offenders a taste of their own medicine, she delves into anthropology, psychology, and behavioral science to figure out why we're rude and how we can stop all the intruding, shoving, and shouting. She ensures that all these rude people get their comeuppance:

-Lax parents
-Internet bullies
-Rude drivers
-Negligent businesses
-Telemarketing executives
-Car thieves
-Parking space hogs
-That loud jerk in the drugstore line

In this funny, ferocious and freewheeling expose, Alkon gives you the tools you need to confront these abusers and restore common courtesy, respect and good manners to society...one chastened cellphone shouter at a time.

 

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This is a well-researched, funny, and thought provoking book. Amy tells how she has battled rude people through the years including hunting down the man who stole her car and badgering him until he ... Read full review

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I LOVED this book! If you glare at someone having a loud cell phone conversation in a restaurant or any other public place you have got to read this book! Amy has some great ideas to combat rudeness. Read full review

Contents

1 Rude Awakening
1
2 Let the Shun Shine In
21
3 It All Started When Fred Lopez Stole My Pink Car
37
4 The Mobile Savage
55
5 The Business of Being Rude Part 1
73
6 The Business of Being Rude Part 2
103
7 The Underparented Child
115
8 Its Only Free for Telemarketers to Call You Because You Have Yet to Invoice Them
139
9 Modems Without Manners
165
10 Its Nice to be Nice
193
Acknowledgments
211
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Amy Alkon writes the award-winning advice column The Advice Goddess. She has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Psychology Today and has appeared on "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," NPR, CNN, MTV, "Politically Incorrect," and "Nightline." She blogs daily at advicegoddess.com, can be found on Twitter at amyalkon, and lives in California.

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