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Dear Black Boy yOr may not be ready for this book For those who know an asshole or two after reading this book the list will grow Either way keep reading my review Up until reading this book I don t think I completely understood the sheer amount of differing types of assholes that I am subjected to and surrounded by on a daily basis I applaud Aaron James for a well researched book on the subject of assholes The book does an impressive job of describing the ingredients of an asshole the different asshole styles that one might encounter and how we choose to respond to an assholeThe sole subject of this read is about the asshole the person who wrongly believes himself assholes are almost invariably male to be worthy of special treatment due to an entrenched sense of entitlement By definition the person who habitually speeds recklessly down the freeway creating chaos and havoc is an asshole But psychopaths like Hitler and Stalin are not assholes they meet some of the criteria but they brought far too much suffering on others to be mere assholes Broad description right Okay I ll go a step further Wondering ifou or someone who Tote Sprache: Cartoons auf Latein you know is an asshole Without giving away the book think of the person who cuts lines because their time is valuable than others or of the inconsiderate idiot who takes a call while in the movie theater because that is important thanour enjoyment or the douche who would fire staff to meet earnings per share reuirements for their bonuses Get the picture And just when ALPHA MEN EROTICA BUNDLE (4 BOOKS COLLECTION) (4 BOOKS COLLECTION): Adult Taboo Romance Erotic Sex Story (Billionaire Dominant, Kinky Fetish and Disobedient Submissive Book 2) you thoughtou knew everything about the asshole my favorite chapter appeared Asshole Capitalism You have to read the book to know whyOutside of my personal enjoyment with reading the word asshole so many times in one book I found this to be a pleasurable read It will make me think logically about the kind of asshole I am listening to andor dealing with with the understanding that they will never change The only thing that can change is how I choose to deal with them Someone should however write a book on asshole management Hint hint Assholes A theory was published by Aaron James a Harvard educated philosopher and surfer in 2012I have to admit that when I picked up the book I was amused by the title and considered that it might be a one trick pony sort of like a Saturday Night Live skit stretched out into a book funny at the beginning and then petered out towards the endI was pleasantly surprised and than amused I was engrossed by the author s well thought out and intelligent ideasFirst James defines what it means to be an asshole His working definition In interpersonal or cooperative relations the asshole allows himself to enjoy special advantages and does so systematically does this out of an entrenched sense of entitlement and is immunized by his sense of entitlement against the complaints of other peopleThe author then goes on to describe various types of asshole such as the royal asshole the political asshole and the delusional asshole In humorous by not always unkind fashion James also goes on to list some examplesJames also distinguishes between the common asshole and those who suffer and by extension cause others to suffer due to mental illness psychopaths and narcissists and our garden variety of jerks schmucks clowns and those who do not act out of a systematic character but who simply and temporarily act like an asshole In contrast to the anti social and maddening behavior of the asshole James introduces us to the anti asshole the cooperative person This person comprising the great majority of social humans is that person to whom standing patiently in a line or volunteering for the common good is juxtaposed and found at odds with the self centered and insensitive misanthropeFinally James helps us to cope with idea on asshole management and stoic acceptanceThe reviews on this book are mixed and I think I know why Most readers myself included will read the title and assume that why Most readers myself included will read the title and assume that will be a riotous laugh out loud calling out of social ne er do wells This is instead a philosophic and astute essay on those people in polite society who drive the rest of us insane uoting Hobbes Rousseau Hegel Gandhi and Jesus James gives us a scholarly approach to an age old and ever increasing problem 2018 The great thing about this book is that I still think about it often as I am out and about And it has become a guide to dealing with these people that we find everywhere Most interestingly this book has helped me to not be as judgmental and universal in my occasional scorn Rather than saying that person is an asshole I freuently assign the term acting like an asshole for a presumed momentary lapse in civility The most common display is of course they re driving like an asshole I should have listened to my Goodreads friend Jon who told me that this book was not nearly as funny or entertaining as it promised to beIt is difficult at times
tell if Assholes is a parody of dry prolix academic treatises or just a treatise about written in a dry prolix academic style The final result is much the same I won t deny there are a few worthwhile pages here the definition of asshole for example is a precise one that articulates the distinction between boor asshole and psychopath but there is lots And Lots Of Padding Here lots of padding here suspect it would have made an amusing magazine article but there is just not enough here for a bookThe principal reason I kept reading this book was that I hoped it would turn out to be like Harry G Frankfurt s incisive and instructive On Bullshit which I read a few ears ago and which was much shorter and to the point Do not make the same mistake I made Assholes never rises to the level of Bullshi. Ople 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 fo. Cautions that a true asshole demonstrates three characteristics 1 He allows himself to feel entitled to enjoy certain advantages in daily life on a regular basis 2 He does this out of a strong and deeply held sense of entitlement and 3 He is unable to understand why other people complain about his attitudes and behavior The asshole believes that he is special and the rules of conduct that govern others do not apply to him Oh Nightmares Angels yes I know these people James uses the pronoun he in talking about assholes because while he recognizes that women can indeed be assholes he feels that the vast majority of assholes are men and concludes that this is culturally based In arguing that assholes are made and not born James feels that culture is such a strong indicator that a newborn baby boy in the United States Italy or Israel is much likely to live the life of an asshole than a newborn baby boy in Japan or Norway or Canada James cautions that everyone no doubt acts like an asshole in certain situations or over a short period of time a day a couple of days a week because of the stresses of daily life but that doesn t mean the person is To be an asshole is to exhibit such behavior consistently over a long period of time and James feels that ifou are willing to call In the Blink of an Eye yourself an asshole this indicates thatou are not in fact one James points out that assholes are not particularly difficult to spot however he does argue that public figures are often misrepresented in the media so readers need to be cautious about labels And then to my delight he went on to name names Who is on the list Rush Limbaugh Michael Moore HL Mencken Ann Coulter Las alas de la mariposa yikes a female kudos Ann Richard Dawkins General George Patton John Edwards Ralph Nader Rahm Emanuel Douglas MacArthur Julian Assange Donald Trump Dick Chaney and a host of others In dealing with the aggressive behavior of assholes James warns readers to pickour battles selectively resist when the issue is important to Whence the Black Irish of Jamaica? you and don t expect the behavior of the asshole to change Good advice I would have given this book 4 stars but the chapter on asshole capitalism dragged on and on to the point that I began to suspect that he was summarizing a graduate school paper or perhaps a portion of his dissertation Or maybe I m just being an asshole Whew I am so glad I finally finished this book With the title it has and with its small size and large print this book should have taken me a couple hours But because it was so boring it took me four days insteadI was looking for funny and useful suggestions for dealing with assholes and instead I got a boring academic discussion on the various aspects of assholery Chapters on asshole management which should have been fun to read were dull and tedious At times this guy s assessment of public figures who were also assholes seemed to be shall we say slightly influenced by politics The worst part of it was that he brought philosophers into the discussion of assholes No thankou I could not bring myself to one star this book because the author who has Ivy League affiliations can certainly write well enough He just needs another PhD in being interesting in my opinion While the Title Might Mislead Prospective Readers To Assume might mislead prospective readers to assume Assholes A Theory offers either a lighthearted assortment of anti asshole et thoroughly assholish uips or an amoral guidebook in the manner of Machiavelli s The Prince what this book really delivers is a complete account of the psychology morality and social bearing of the common asshole James is a morality and social bearing of the common asshole James is a philosopher and Assholes is a serious piece of ethics James handles the asshole phenomenon from ever I m glad I went into this with eyes wide opened as to the widespread prevalence and ubiuitous presence of assholesI mean honestly we all know one or two or sometimes a full office full of them And even if we don t have many real life line cutters traffic weavers or conversation killers in our lives at least we have Trump And high level bankers And Rush And practically the entire existing vocal portion of the political process in America We have lots and lots and lots of good examplesWhat didn t really have was a comprehensive attempt to define and refine all the aspects about what truly makes up an Asshole Enter this book The extremely nerdy logical euivalent of a loud fart Not humorous in the way most of us like fart jokes mind ou It s just so nerdy it still had me chuckling the entire timeAssholes are people with entrenched senses of entitlementPretty easy They will sometimes give Twice Retired you long winded reasons why they do asshole things giving lip service to the basic moral euivalency of cooperation and knowing that we re all in the same boat but they still go ahead and pull an asshole move anyway Assholes can be that person who always complains to the management when his McD fries aren t fresh enough They re also the people who perpetuate the idea of the Noblese making sureou know that Ten Twentieth-Century Poets you deserve so much while taking the lion s share of everything They are the people that we wish we could curtail with laws and restrictions and sanctions but because the things they re doing are socially reprehensible and not precisely unlawful we all just look on in disgust as they get away with itFun stuff I most appreciated the sociological ramifications and possible means to put assholes in their place Totally recommend dude Especially for surfers I must admit that this is another book that caught my eye simply due to the title Be warned it is what it appears to be a book about assholes so the title can be taken literally Ifou are an asshole or have ever been called one to In the Days of the Comet Seventeen Short Stories (Works of H.G. Wells 10) your face or behindour back ou may. Whom there is no better name Try as we might to avoid them assholes are found everywhere and in multiple iterations smug assholes royal assholes the presidential asshole corporate assholes reckless assholes The list goes onAsshole 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 pe.
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