• Filename: assholes.
  • ISBN: 9780385535687
  • Release Date: 2012-10-30
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Aaron James
  • Publisher: Anchor

In the spirit of the mega-selling On Bullshit, philosopher Aaron James presents a theory of the asshole that is both intellectually provocative and existentially necessary. What does it mean for someone to be an asshole? The answer is not obvious, despite the fact that we are often personally stuck dealing with people for whom there is no better name. Try as we might to avoid them, assholes are found everywhere—at work, at home, on the road, and in the public sphere. Encountering one causes great difficulty and personal strain, especially because we often cannot understand why exactly someone should be acting like that. Asshole management begins with asshole understanding. Much as Machiavelli illuminated political strategy for princes, this book finally gives us the concepts to think or say why assholes disturb us so, and explains why such people seem part of the human social condition, especially in an age of raging narcissism and unbridled capitalism. These concepts are also practically useful, as understanding the asshole we are stuck with helps us think constructively about how to handle problems he (and they are mostly all men) presents. We get a better sense of when the asshole is best resisted, and when he is best ignored—a better sense of what is, and what is not, worth fighting for.


  • Filename: assholes.
  • ISBN: 9781857889567
  • Release Date: 2012-11-01
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Aaron James
  • Publisher: Hachette UK

What does it mean for someone to be an a**hole? The answer is not obvious, despite the fact that we are often personally stuck dealing with people for whom there is no better name. Try as we might to avoid them, a**holes are found everywhere at work, at home, on the road, and in the public sphere. Encountering one causes great difficulty and personal strain, especially because we often cannot understand why exactly someone should be acting like that. A**hole management begins with a**hole understanding. In the spirit of the bestselling On Bullshit James gives us the concepts to think or say why a**holes disturb us so, and explains why such people seem part of the human social condition, especially in an age of raging narcissism and unbridled capitalism. These concepts are also practically useful, as understanding the a**hole we are stuck with helps us think constructively about how to handle problems they present. We get a better sense of when the a**hole is best resisted, and when he is best ignored a better sense of what is, and what is not, worth fighting for.


  • Filename: assholes.
  • ISBN: 9781857889567
  • Release Date: 2012-11-01
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Aaron James
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing

What is it for someone to be an asshole? Although most of us are forced to deal with such people every day, few of us could easily say exactly what an asshole is. And as prevalent as they are, no one has offered a sustained analytical treatment of the subject. Assholes are arguably part of the human social condition, so the topic is perhaps the special provenance of philosophers. In fact, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel and Sartre have all grappled with asshole-related questions of moral status. In the spirit of the bestselling On Bullshit, philosopher Aaron James tackles the subject of assholes in a philosophical – yet also humorous, entertaining and accessible – inquiry into what makes a person an asshole. The book also explores different asshole types, the roles gender, nurture, and nature play, and how best to deal with assholes in daily life. A pop-philosophy book with great potential to crossover into the gift book and humor genres, this will

Assholes A Theory of Donald Trump

  • Filename: assholes-a-theory-of-donald-trump.
  • ISBN: 9780385542043
  • Release Date: 2016-05-03
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Author: Aaron James
  • Publisher: Doubleday

Make America Great Again? Donald Trump is an asshole is a fact widely agreed upon—even by his supporters, who actually like that about him. But his startling political rise makes the question of just what sort of asshole he is, and how his assholedom may help to explain his success, one not just of philosophical interest but of almost existential urgency. Enter the philosopher Aaron James, author of the foundational text in the burgeoning field of Asshole Studies: the bestselling Assholes: A Theory. In this brisk and trenchant inquiry into the phenomenon that is Donald Trump, James places the man firmly in the typology of the asshole (takes every advantage, entrenched sense of entitlement, immune to criticism); considers whether, in the Hobbesian world we seem to inhabit, he might not somehow be a force for good—i.e., the Stronger Asshole; and offers a suggestion for how the bonds of our social contract, spectacularly broken by Trump’s (and Ted Cruz’s) disdain for democratic civility, might in time be repaired. You will never think about Donald Trump and his Art of the Deal the same way after reading this book. And, like it or not, think about him we must. From the Hardcover edition.

On Bullshit

  • Filename: on-bullshit.
  • ISBN: 1400826535
  • Release Date: 2009-01-10
  • Number of pages: 80
  • Author: Harry G. Frankfurt
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press

A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. We have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, as Harry Frankfurt writes, "we have no theory." Frankfurt, one of the world's most influential moral philosophers, attempts to build such a theory here. With his characteristic combination of philosophical acuity, psychological insight, and wry humor, Frankfurt proceeds by exploring how bullshit and the related concept of humbug are distinct from lying. He argues that bullshitters misrepresent themselves to their audience not as liars do, that is, by deliberately making false claims about what is true. In fact, bullshit need not be untrue at all. Rather, bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant. Frankfurt concludes that although bullshit can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner's capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.

The No Asshole Rule

  • Filename: the-no-asshole-rule.
  • ISBN: 0759518017
  • Release Date: 2007-02-22
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Robert I. Sutton
  • Publisher: Business Plus

The No Asshole Rule is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Business Week bestseller.


  • Filename: bullshit.
  • ISBN: 9781101904541
  • Release Date: 2015-10-27
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Mark Peters Phd
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press

An irreverent lexicon of the seemingly infinite ways we call bullshit, written by a McSweeney's columnist and etymologist, illustrated by a New Yorker-contributing cartoonist. What's the difference between "balderdash" and "drivel"? Where did "mumbo-jumbo" come from? How should you use "meadow mayonnaise"? What's "felgercarb" and which popular TV show coined it? There are hundreds of common and rare terms for bullshit in English, including borrowings from German, turn-of-the-century sailors, The Simpsons, and beyond. Bullshit is everywhere, but not all of it is created equal. Mark Peters's Bullshit: A Lexicon is the handy guide to identifying and calling BS in all of its many forms, from "bunk" and "claptrap" to "applesauce" and "gobbledygook." Packed with historical facts, pop culture tidbits, and definitions for each term, Bullshit is perfect for humor readers, language lovers, and anyone looking to describe life's everyday annoyances.

F ck Feelings

  • Filename: f-ck-feelings.
  • ISBN: 9781476789996
  • Release Date: 2015-09-01
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Michael Bennett, MD
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

The only self-help book you'll ever need, from a psychiatrist and his comedy writer daughter, who will help you put aside your unrealistic wishes, stop trying to change things you can't change, and do the best with what you can control—the first steps to managing all of life's impossible problems. Need to stop screwing up? Feel like you're under a loser's curse? Work with an ass? Want to clear your name or get justice, rescue an addicted person, get closure after childhood abuse, get a lover to commit, not ruin your kid? Although other self-help books claim to reveal the path to happiness, F*ck Feelings warns that convincing yourself that there is such a path will actually lead you to feel like a true failure. What the Bennetts can promise you is that you can manage any situation life throws at you if you can keep your sense of humor, bend your wishes to fit reality, restrain your feelings, manage bad behavior, and do what you think is right. Life is hard. It's not fair. Our feelings cloud our rationality, and we become tangled in our efforts to achieve the impossible or change the unchangeable. In this groundbreaking, entirely sensible, and funny book, the Bennetts open the shrinks' secret solution manual and show you how to find a new kind of freedom by working toward realistic goals and doing the best with what you can control. They address the most common problems Dr. Bennett's patients bring to his private practice—problems with family, love, work, self-esteem, garden variety assholes, and more—and give you a script for going forward. With no-bullshit advice from a Harvard-educated shrink freed of all jargon and patronization by his smart-ass, comedy writer daughter,F*ck Feelings is the cut-to-the-chase therapy session you've been looking for.


  • Filename: asshole.
  • ISBN: 9780141031057
  • Release Date: 2008-03-27
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Marty Kihn
  • Publisher: Penguin UK

Presents a programme for assholism, which includes: essential body language; workplace etiquette; diet and exercise; relationships; and, feelings.

Dear Asshole

  • Filename: dear-asshole.
  • ISBN: 0762442867
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Jillian Madison
  • Publisher: Running PressBook Pub

"Dear Asshole" includes 101 letters to all of the assholes readers encounter on a daily basis, each letter conveniently perforated so they can tear it out and give it to the desired offender.

Where Have All the Leaders Gone

  • Filename: where-have-all-the-leaders-gone.
  • ISBN: 9781416539865
  • Release Date: 2007-04-17
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Lee Iacocca
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Legendary auto executive Lee Iacocca has a question for every American: Where have all the leaders gone? The most widely recognized business executive of all time asks the tough questions that America's leaders must address: • What is each of us giving back to our country? • Do we truly love democracy? • Are we too fat and satisfied for our own good? • Why is America addicted to oil? • Do we really care about our children's futures? • Who will save the middle class? A self-made man who many Americans once wished would run for president, Iacocca saved the Chrysler Corporation from financial ruin, masterminded the creation of the minivan, and oversaw the renovation of Ellis Island. Since then he has created the Iacocca Institute for leadership at Lehigh University and the Iacocca Foundation, which funds research for a cure for diabetes. Lee Iacocca believes that leaders are made in times of crisis -- such as today. He has known more leaders than almost anyone else -- among them nine U.S. presidents, many heads of state, and the CEOs of the nation's top corporations -- and is uniquely suited to share his wisdom, knowledge, and wit about the leadership of America. Author of the gigantic number one bestsellers Iacocca: An Autobiography and Talking Straight, Lee Iacocca famously doesn't mince words and offers his no-nonsense, straight-up assessments of the American politicians most likely to run for president in 2008, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Joe Biden, Bill Richardson, Mitt Romney, and John Edwards. Confessing that he has "flunked retirement," Iacocca calls on citizens of all ages to vote, get involved, and choose our leaders carefully. Along the way, he shares stories about the prominent people he's met and known, including the time he smoked cigars with Fidel Castro, what Bob Hope told him about how to live a long life, what Lady Sarah Ferguson said to him as they danced, why Bill Clinton woke him up in Italy, what Robert McNamara taught him about success, how Frank Sinatra sang for him personally, and whom Pope John Paul II asked him to pray for. We learn what he discussed with Warren Buffett, DaimlerChrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche, Ronald Reagan, Senator John Kerry, Congressman John Murtha, Prince Charles and Camilla, former Saudi ambassador Prince Bandar, rapper Snoop Dogg, financier Kirk Kerkorian, Ted Turner, Bob Dole, and many more. Knowing that the times are urgent, the iconic leader shares his lessons learned and issues a call to action to summon Americans back to their roots of hard work, common sense, integrity, generosity, and optimism. Where have all the leaders gone? Lee Iacocca has the answer.

On Truth

  • Filename: on-truth.
  • ISBN: 9781407064574
  • Release Date: 2010-05-25
  • Number of pages: 112
  • Author: Harry G. Frankfurt
  • Publisher: Random House

Whatever benefits and rewards it may sometimes be possible to attain by bullshitting, by dissembling, or by sheer mendacity, societies cannot afford to tolerate anyone or anything that fosters a slovenly indifference to the distinction between true and false. In a world of spin, rhetoric, blagging and bullshitting, a basic level of scepticism and the impulse to question first impressions is widely considered a virtue. Yet the very purpose of such caution - the discernment of truth - has for some time been undermined by a postmodern generation of authors, journalists, historians and philosophers who categorically deny the existence of any exterior, objective truth, elevating instead the impenetrable subjectivity of the individual above all else. Blending philosophical insight with sheer common sense, Harry Frankfurt's incisive sequel to On Bullshit is a defence, a vindication, and a celebration of Truth. Whether concerning ourselves with work, pleasure, people or poetry, Frankfurt demonstrates that a belief in a basic notion of Truth is essential not just to our everyday involvement with the physical world, but to the concepts of identity, confidence, trust, conviction, society, and communication that endow our lives with meaning.

Furiously Happy

  • Filename: furiously-happy.
  • ISBN: 9781743540251
  • Release Date: 2015-10-01
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Jenny Lawson
  • Publisher: Picador

For fans of David Sedaris, Tina Fey and Caitlin Moran comes the new book from Jenny Lawson, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Let's Pretend This Never Happened... In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson regaled readers with uproarious stories of her bizarre childhood. In her new book, Furiously Happy, she explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best. As Jenny says: "You can't experience pain without also experiencing the baffling and ridiculous moments of being fiercely, unapologetically, intensely and (above all) furiously happy." It's a philosophy that has - quite literally - saved her life. Jenny's first book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, was ostensibly about family, but deep down it was about celebrating your own weirdness. Furiously Happy is a book about mental illness, but under the surface it's about embracing joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. And who doesn't need a bit more of that?

Don t Be an Asshole

  • Filename: don-t-be-an-asshole.
  • ISBN: 1479395323
  • Release Date: 2012-09-01
  • Number of pages: 112
  • Author: A. Vidal
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

Are you an asshole? Yes? No? How do you know either way?Being an asshole has a different meaning to different people. It varies by social class, race, gender, personality, mood, etc. Because of this, it can be a difficult thing to pin down, but in general, following the basic rules of applying common sense to most situations and being decent towards others will usually render you "asshole-free". Confused? You're not alone. People by the millions walk around every day performing actions they deem completely acceptable; Never cognizant of the fact that they just became a total asshole to someone around them. Maybe they ARE aware and just don't give a crap. Those that fall into the latter category are probably too far gone to be saved but if YOU care, you should definitely read this book. "Don't Be An Asshole!" defines the specific types of assholes you may encounter and tries to examine why some people become the assholes they are, how to cope with them and what you can do (or not do) to make sure you don't become one yourself. It lists many a situation and place where asshole behavior is prevalent so that you can either prepare yourself or avoid them altogether. Still confused? Maybe this will help. Imagine a book that could help you learn:How to deal with stress Because asshole behavior stresses us out! What's better for stress than having your feelings justified by a complete stranger and having a laugh or two while you're at it? How to deal with difficult people The term "difficult people" itself implies people who are assholes. C'mon, if they weren't being assholes, would anyone think they are "difficult"? I can think of a lot of "difficult" people right now and every last one of them is an asshole. This group can include friends, employees, employers or just complete idiots. How to deal with conflict resolution There is no other cross section of society that is more intimately familiar with conflict than the asshole crowd. They can find or initiate conflict anywhere. Ballgames, the movies, church, online, in your bedroom... ANYWHERE. Do you wanna be caught helpless when you find yourself in a conflict with one of these good mood oppressors? You could even just hand them a copy of this very book and call it a day. They'll get the point. Will this book help you find your soul-mate, find a better job, lose weight, increase your penis size or otherwise change your life?Probably not. Will it give you the power to passive aggressively make your feelings known to jerks in your life?You betcha! Just hand them a copy and a smile. Will it make you a star at the next "white elephant" gift-swapping, holiday party?Fo shizzle! Miss Mason-Jar-Wine-Glass ain't gonna have nothin' on you next year. Life changing? No. Fun as all get-out? Yup! "Don't Be An Asshole!" - Part comedy, part therapy. A tongue-in-cheek look at why, where and how people act like assholes and what we can do to make sure we're not one of them.

A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • Filename: a-short-history-of-nearly-everything.
  • ISBN: 9781312792562
  • Release Date: 2014-12-29
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail—well, most of it. In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds.

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