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

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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...

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Overview

"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071600217
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/2/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 232,928
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of 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 It's Only Free for Telemarketers to Call You Because You Have Yet to Invoice Them 139

9 Modems Without Manners 165

10 It's Nice to be Nice 193

Acknowledgments 211

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

    Light reading with muscle - a fun book with a surprising amount of substance. Highly recommended and entertaining for any audience, kids to seniors.

    I bought this book mainly because I can relate to it. I live in New York City and encounter jerks yapping away on their cell phones or to each other several times a day on public transportation. I figured it would be nice to feel that solidarity with the author. But what I discovered is that, aside from goofy stories about rude people, it contains a very well-thought out analysis of why people act this way, why others SHOULD speak up (she gives a very convincing argument for this), and some counter arguments to those who think it's no big deal and we should all just live with it. Most interesting to me was to see how well-researched this book is (see Dunbar's workable human group size theory, page 13...), so much so that I found myself taking out a highlighter. You wouldn't know it by the goofy cover featuring an attractive redhead tossing people around (is that the author? she's cute!), but this is a really important book for society and, sorry to go cliche, but...should most definitely be read and USED by everyone. After all, the world isn't getting any smaller, and implementing Amy Alkon's ideas just might make someone like me, and anyone who lives somewhere other than a cave, happy to be surrounded by people.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2010

    very funny,insightful and smart

    I saw this book on a table at Barnes and Noble and liked the cover-and am also fed up with rude people-so I bought it. It is a really good book-very,very funny. It is smart and insightful. It exceeded my expectations. My absolute favorite chapter was called "The Underparented Child"- I had not laughed so hard reading something in a long time- I would like to send that one to everyone I know.That chapter was more than just funny - it was very enlightening. I did not know the author but now I would like to read more of her.I did not highlight things in the book like the other review I read on B & N- but I too want to further research some of the theories Ms Alkon put out in her book to "explain" people's behavior.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    If you ever been irritated by someone's lack of manners, this book is for you!

    It is so refreshing to know that I am not the only semi-neurotic manner nut! You won't find which order you are supposed to use your utensils in in this read, but more of a common courtesy approach to daily living. That jerk in the bookstore that feels the need to broadcast his weeks' plan to the entire store? Yeah, she's got that covered. Ms. Alkon is hilarious in her writings and hits the nail on the head chapter after chapter. In a world where manners all but seem to be a thing of the past, it's nice to know that you are not the only one who misses them! Rudesters beware!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    MUST READ!!

    This book was positively hysterical! I read the entire thing in one day because you just cannot put it down! This is one brave woman when it comes to the things in her life that most believe they can't control, oh boy does she take control! I love her columns and this book was so wonderful, so when is the next book coming out?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Great pick me up!

    Found this book after having my own rude experience, so glad I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2011

    It's nice to see people speaking up

    Amy's standing up to people is something we should all do more of. Her stories of people being ugly reminded me of people I see every day.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    Kick Ass Book

    If you've ever wonderd why people are rude read this book.
    Alkon explains this phenomenon using evolutionary psychology, but manages to keep it readable for someone who is not an anthroplology major. Oh, and the stories of her attempts to "teach" these rude people are hilarious and a little inspiring as well.
    If you are tired of feeling like a powerless victim everytime Joe Blow is screaming into his cell two feet away from your ear, check this book out; Amy Alkon has some ideas.

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

    Long Overdue

    Amy Alkon has struck a positive chord on a negative subject: How to handle rude, thoughtless, careless individuals. From loud, obnoxious cell phone yakkers to Internet bullies to car thieves, Amy doesn't simply go on a soapbox rant. She shows us how to deal with socially irresponsible folks while also demonstrating why each of us needs to speak up and try to correct the poor behavior of others. Far from a cute and fuzzy hug-fest, "I See Rude People" tells it like it is with healthy doses of cheeky humor, using personal anecdotes as well as documented studies on social behavior to show how rudeness affects all of us. If you are someone who's had enough of ill mannered people, this book is a comfort and an inspiration. And if you know any rude people, this could hopefully be an eye opening gift.

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