I See Rude People

I See Rude People

One Woman's Battle to Beat Some Manners Into Impolite Society

Book - 2010
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Baker & Taylor
“The Advice Goddess,” a popular blogger and columnist, chronicles her experiences in trying to force rude and ill-behaved people to improve their manners, and tries to inspire her readers to do the same.

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A blogger and popular columnist chronicles her experiences with rude and ill-behaved people as she tries to convince them to improve their manners and hopes to inspire her readers to do the same.

McGraw Hill
"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.

Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, c2010
ISBN: 9780071600217
Characteristics: vii, 215 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Jun 25, 2014

There are a few people in this world who will write a book at the drop of a hat - and this is one of them. This is chit-chat turned into a thing that can be sold. Think of the trees that died for this!

Jan 04, 2013

Amusingly-written rants about the incivility that surrounds us. An enjoyable light read that makes you think.

Jan 23, 2011

As Revengeralla, Amy Alkon recounts of rudeness in public, mean nasty acts by others in driving and theft, perpetuated by bureaucratic policies of police and certain (but not all) big corporations. Unlike most of us who are timid or somehow constrained, Amy has no inhibitions about telling the rude people in her accounts to give it back, be quiet or stop some other socially reprehensible behaviour. Frankly, this is inspiring. Inspiring because many of Amy’s examples are the rude things people do that are insanely common, like shouting on their cell phone – in public! You will love her hilarious solutions – like writing down the offender’s conversation and blogging it (with the person’s number in case you want to give her a ring).

Jan 05, 2011

I read an article with an excerpt of this and it is GOLD!

Aug 03, 2010

I thought this was going to be more of a modern Emily Post-thing. About people with bad manners. And there is some of that – like stories about people who talk loudly in public on their cell phones and how the author deals with that. But there are also other stories about not so much “rude” people as people who do stuff that ticks the author off. Like the person who stole her car. Or identity theft. So for me it was a bit disjointed. I enjoyed it well enough but it didn’t change my life – or even my mind.

Jul 04, 2010

I would have thought she would have encountered many more rude people than she did...


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