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The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2000

    I'm sending this book back :(

    I received this book yesterday, and I eagerly grabbed and peeked through it hoping it would be a good read. I bought this book because I have been finding lately that certain people were baiting me into arguing with them and I didn't realise what they were up to until it was too late. 'The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense' sounded like the perfect solution to this. Unfortunately this book doesn't live up to the 'reviews' and promo on these pages. It seems to be targeted to certain people/backgrounds instead of the general public, and while on the surface the areas covered appeared to be very broad-spectrum they are not. Many books that are 20 years old (or older!) contain a lot of fabulous information, but this one is outdated and useless. It's clumsy to read (you find yourself trying to translate the strange, perhaps outdated, metaphors used) and the sections aren't clear-cut. Personally I could only see using the so-called hints and tips on certain people, not in everyday life. I wish I didn't have to, and with all due respect to the author (who I am sure is a wonderful and talented person) but I'm sending this book back. It's just not what I expected or was lead to believe it would be.

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