All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Trek

All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Trek

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by Dave Marinaccio
     
 

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Years ago, Dave Marinaccio discovered that the solutions to all of life's problems could be found in the episodes of "Star Trek," the galaxy's greatest compendium of wisdom and experience. All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Trek proceeds from the great truth that every situation you will have to face in life has already been faced by Captain James…  See more details below

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Years ago, Dave Marinaccio discovered that the solutions to all of life's problems could be found in the episodes of "Star Trek," the galaxy's greatest compendium of wisdom and experience. All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Trek proceeds from the great truth that every situation you will have to face in life has already been faced by Captain James Tiberius Kirk and the intrepid crew of the Starship Enterprise.

This is an inspiring collection of down-to-earth philosophy on subjects ranging from skydiving to decision making, from what to do about a beer belly to how to treat house-guests, from dealing with authority to making true friends. In this audio, Dave Marinaccio offers the key to leading a meaningful existence. Here are some of the life-enhancing lessons you will learn:
— Everyone has a role in life. Do your own job and the ship will function smoothly.
— If you can keep your head in a crisis, you've got a fighting chance.
— End every episode with a smile.

There is no better guide available for confronting the strange life-forms and alien civilizations we encounter every day.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Relying on uncanny instincts and a seriocomic approach, this first-time author strikes very close to home as he cleverly illustrates how we can improve and better understand our lives: apply the morals and lessons portrayed in that American icon known as Star TrekR. Using a hilarious first-person narrative, Marinaccio takes dozens of day-to-day situations and shows how we may glean from this 1960s space opera a more intuitive, aggressive, and successful approach to dealing with them. Citing many examples, including relationships, job satisfaction and management, family, peace, war, love, hate, life, death, and the overall nature of humanity, Marinaccio explains how ``every situation you will face in life has already been faced by the crew of the Starship EnterpriseTM.'' While obsessive Star TrekR fans might be distracted by minute errors in trivia, the author provides a fast, enjoyable, and inspirational read. Well recommended for all public libraries and a strong addition to self-help collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/94.]-Charles A. Weiss, ``Library Journal''
School Library Journal
YA-Another of the numerous slender volumes that tells readers all they need to know. What Marinaccio does here is to filter life experiences and situations through Star Trek-colored glasses. He uses Captain James T. Kirk, Dr. Leonard ``Bones'' McCoy, Spock, et al., and scenarios from the '60s TV series to illustrate how to make decisions that affect one's work, relationships, relaxation, outlook, and sense of self, etc. The result is a seriocomic, readable book.-John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Mike Tribby
In an era when reasonable people seriously discuss the deeper meanings and representations of "The Brady Bunch" and "Gilligan's Island", it should come as no surprise that someone has written a book discussing "Star Trek" as the source of all useful knowledge. The surprise would doubtless be if no one found any meaning inherent in a given 1960s or 1970s TV series. This slim volume resembles others in the pop-culture-as-guide-to-life subgenre. Its raw material is a little richer than usual, since both "Star Trek" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation" are laden with intentionally meaningful bits as well as the unintentionally meaningful nuggets this kind of book so often unearths: for instance, as Marinaccio points out, in any ST group shot, the array of the characters' national and planetary origins bespeaks A Deeper Meaning. Ultimately, Marinaccio's effort is neither a typical Trekkie book nor a typical collection of inspirational bromides and insights; still, it functions as both. It's a potentially worthwhile addition to both pop culture materials and any collection of light, reflective humor.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517223567
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/06/2004
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.77(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.65(d)

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All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Trek 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very very funny book. One of the most enjoyable few hours I have spent in some time. It's clever, insightful and very human, f you like Star Trek you will love this book that's written in little segments so you can read it chunks --but I read it a almost all the way though as soon as I sat down. Five-stars.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Star Trek, OK? This should have been a really great book, since there are so many important lessons in the series. But Marinaccio completely misses many important lessons, in my opinion, and gets several other lessons mixed up, and generally dilutes whatever lessons remain to the point of vapidity with his self-indulgence and self-absorption. Sorry, Dave, but not everything in Star Trek relates to some insignificant detail of your small little life in a Marketing company. Not to mention that the book stops short. 'I think there's a new series called DS9 or something, I'll have to keep an eye on that.' Seriously, he says that. To me, watching the later series greatly expanded the 'lessons that needed to be learned'. I threw this book away in disgust after reading it. Really. Lierally threw it in the trash. It was that bad, and I didn't want to be embarrassed by having it sit on the shelf as my complete DVD collections of all the Star Trek TV series. Please do NOT buy this book. It's really HORRIBLY STUPID!