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

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

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ISBN-13: 9780071600224
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 11/23/2009
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 973,955

About the Author

Amy Alkon writes the award-winning nationally syndicated advice column, The Advice Goddess, which appears in about 100 papers across the U.S. and Canada. She has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour 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. Twitter: amyalkon

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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I See Rude People 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
MarkNYCMB More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
kbabie More than 1 year ago
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!
AvidReaderREE More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this book after having my own rude experience, so glad I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
EricTM More than 1 year ago
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.
WillJohn68 More than 1 year ago
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.
herdingcats on LibraryThing 10 months ago
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 returned it and taking on Bank of America when she suffered from identity theft due to their errors. In many ways, Amy herself sounds rather rude, but, objectively, what she says and does, makes sense and from the photo on the cover on the book she does NOT look like a tranny. You will have to read the book to see what that refers to. I found it interesting that research shows that our brains are wired to function well in a community of up to 150 people without needing any policing, but when there are more people than that, we need laws, rules, and law enforcers. Her thoughts on poor parenting, which she calles underparenting, and the fact that all adults may participate in telling children how to behave in France, are quite interesting. Her stories of how she fines and sues telephone solicitors for wasting her time, and hunts down criminals who are misguided enough to mess with her are very funny and while I won't do those things myself, it is satisfying to know that someone does and that at least some annoying telemarketers, spammers and criminals are getting back some of what they dish out.
AvidMysteryreader on LibraryThing 10 months ago
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.
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