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Assholes

Aaron James Ñ 8 REVIEW

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 If you are an asshole or have ever been called one to your face or behind your back you may or may not be eady for this book For those who know an asshole or two after Queenie and Tom a Feline Romance reading this book the list will grow Either way keepeading my eview Up until eading 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 esearched 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 espond to an assholeThe sole subject of this ead 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 ecklessly 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 Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes right Okay I ll go a step further Wondering if you or someone who 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 than your enjoyment or the douche who would fire staff to meet earnings per shareeuirements for their bonuses Get the picture And just when you thought you knew everything about the asshole my favorite chapter appeared Asshole Capitalism You have to ead the book to know whyOutside of my personal enjoyment with eading the word asshole so many times in one book I found this to be a pleasurable ead 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 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 ead 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 thank you 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 This was very can certainly write well enough He just needs another PhD in being interesting in my opinion This was very a book by a writer who s fairly sure he s funny It s actually pretty dryThe opening chapters developing a taxonomy of assholes are occasionally amusing I blew air out of taxonomy of assholes are occasionally amusing I blew air out of nose slightly harder than normal a few times I think I smirked once or twice His general conception of the asshole is one who against all logic and Darkness Light reason considers themselves entitled to than everyone else Let me cut in let me have that parking space let me have control over the board don t you know who I amProf James then considers the impact that assholes can have on individuals on groups and if a certain critical mass is achieved on nation states In general he states without sufficientesistance from non assholes in which we include the allied species of jerks and schmucks who unlike the asshole don t consider themselves entitled to than they deserve and thus are likely to get their backs up when they see someone else horning in on their stuff the assholes take over and that s why we can t have nice thingsHis proof for this comes in a oundabout way from game theory at some point the cost of contribution to a shared outcome esults in a net loss if too many are withdrawing but not contributing His algebra s not great but the point is validHe then examines the impact are withdrawing but not contributing His algebra s not great but the point is validHe then examines the impact conglomerations of assholes can have on capitalism and market economies If the assholes are obsessed with taking than their share and are given positive einforcement for their assholism eg bankers following the GFC claiming that they deserved their multimillion dollar bonuses because clearly they deserve it because they e so very smart you can tell they e so smart and deserve their bonuses because otherwise they wouldn t be getting their bonuses then the market economy is no longer achieving its aison d etre that is to use the collective savings of a nation to improve the uality of life for all via un or semi directed investment If all the money s going to nonproductive industries and I use the term loosely then the est of. The perfect graduation gift for every young adult entering the eal world In the New York Times bestseller Nick Hornby calls helpful stimulating and very timely The Believer philosopher Aaron James presents a theory of the asshole that is both intellectually provocative and existentially necessary What does it mean for someone to be an asshole The answer is not obvious despite the fact that we are often personally stuck dealing with people for. ,

Us are left with two thirds of fuck all courtesy of the assholesOK that became a bit of a diatribe Overall the book is ok his points are valid and his arguments are well Not Handsome Enough reasoned The author s not a sparkling wit so it can be a bit dry at times 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 While the title might mislead prospectiveeaders to assume that Assholes A Theory offers either a lighthearted assortment of anti asshole yet thoroughly assholish uips or an amoral guidebook in the manner of Machiavelli s The Prince what this book eally delivers is a complete account of the psychology morality and social bearing of the common asshole James is a serious philosopher and Assholes is a serious piece of ethics James handles the asshole phenomenon from every angle The asshole as he defines it is someone who systematically allows himself special advantages in his elations with others out of an entrenched sense on entitlement that leaves him inoculated against the legitimate complaints of others It is that very failure to acknowledge others as moral euals that makes them so frustrating to others Yet even when we do fight back assholes come euipped with a set of defenses that leave them invulnerable to capitulation If assholes are left unchecked or worse if they are encouraged by society then it can create a host of interpersonal and societal problems some of which may spiral into ever worse social outcomes As a philosopher James is uite careful about every facet of his argument drawing on such great ethicists as Plato Kant Rousseau and Hobbes to deploy his message The asshole may in fact be a given and inescapable part of life yet to the extent that we can we should strive to support a society that discourages assholes and encourages cooperation 25 starsThe description of this book is a bit misleading I was expecting a lighter yet informative Busy Park read There were some moments where I enjoyed it and chuckled uite a bit but I wish there was material toelate to for myself I liked the descriptions of the types of assholes While Beer Law: What Brewers Need to Know reading it I found myself thinking of all of the ones in my life appropriately categorizing them along the way The book would break off into a lot of lengthy political tangents which I didn teally care about I know politicians are assholes I don t need a ehash of the history about it I don t care to categorize what kind of assholes they are I just care about the ones in my everyday lifeand celebs I wanted definitive guidance as to what would be the best course of action to deal with them What s written is common sense or at least it suggests for you to use it I also wasn *t a fan of the nature vs nurture argument and how *a fan of the nature vs nurture argument and how cultivates assholes There were too many sweeping generalizations suggesting that Canada and Japan don t have assholes in comparison to the US and Italy which I personally think is total BS because I ve spent time in both Japan and Canada and can affirm that they have assholes especially beneath the surface There were a few wise words that were highlight worthy but they were about how I should internalize assholian attitudes as opposed to the best ecourse to fight back I found myself willing to instead just copy and print the letter to an asshole at the end of the book because it expressed my feelings fairly accurately So while I had a couple of issues with this book it s worth a look especially for the asshole categorizations the letter to an asshole at the end and the game theory which made me eminisce about my college days where we experimented with this theory for a class project in business school 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 to tell if Assholes is a parody of dry prolix academic treatises or just a treatise about assholes written in a dry prolix academic style The final esult 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 I suspect it would have made an amusing magazine article but there is just not enough here for a bookThe principal Big Bad Detective Agency reason I kepteading this book was that I hoped it would turn out to be like Harry G Frankfurt s incisive and instructive On Bullshit which I The Placer read a few years ago and which was much shorter and to the point Do not make the same mistake I made Assholes neverises to the level of Bullshit 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 
even if we t have many eal life line even if we don t have many eal life line 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. Whom there is no better name Try as we might to avoid them assholes are found everywhere and in multiple iterations smug assholes oyal assholes the presidential asshole corporate assholes eckless 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. In America We have lots and lots and lots of good examplesWhat didn t eally have was a comprehensive attempt to define and efine 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 you 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 you long winded easons why they do asshole things giving lip service to the basic moral euivalency of cooperation and knowing that we e 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 e also the people who perpetuate the idea of the Noblese making sure you know that 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 estrictions and sanctions but because the things they e doing are socially Der Bilderwächter reprehensible and not precisely unlawful we all just look on in disgust as they get away with itFun stuff I most appreciated the sociologicalamifications and possible means to put assholes in their place Totally ecommend dude Especially for surfers Should I be concerned that one of my favorite staff members at my local library grabbed me and said Judy we just got in a book that I think you should ead Fingers crossed that she wasn t making a value judgment or statement I think that she thought I would be interested And I was Aaron James eceived his PhD from Harvard and is a professor of philosophy at the University of California Irvine and he takes a philosophical approach in dealing with the subject of assholes James points out that assholes can be found anywhere in history in public life in entertainment in our workplaces in our eligious groups in our circle of friends and acuaintances in those we Schätze Aus Dem Musée Picasso, Paris randomly meet on a daily basis and unfortunately sometimes in our families James feels that an asshole is not just a deeply bothersome person but is a person who is bothersome enough to trigger strong feelings of powerlessness fear orage in others While there are many people that I have been known to mutter asshole when out of their hearing James cautions that a true asshole demonstrates three characteristics 1 He allows himself to feel entitled to enjoy certain advantages in daily life on a Letters to Rollins 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 theules of conduct that govern others do not apply to him Oh yes I know these people James uses the pronoun he in talking about assholes because while he ecognizes that women can indeed be Assholes He Feels That The Vast Majority he feels that the vast majority 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 if you are willing to call yourself an asshole this indicates that you 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 eaders 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 #went on to name names Who is on the list Rush Limbaugh Michael Moore HL Mencken Ann 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 Scotland Yard readers to pick your battles selectivelyesist when the issue is important to 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 I ve decided to e shelve this I know it is me not the author but for easons I do not understand I just can t seem to focus on this book I m going to pick it up again in the fall when my own mind is a bit uieter72616 I saw this book opened up in front of someone and I couldn t Unverified: A Novel resist asking about it the title demands it turns out a mom and her teen aged daughter were botheading the book passing it back and forth and both of them had only good things to say so of course I had to buy my own copy Just the first chapter in but no buyer s emorse here71116. Ople seem part of the human social condition especially in an age of aging 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 esisted and when he is best ignored a better sense of what is and what is not worth fighting fo. ,


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    REVIEW Assholes (Assholes) PDF/EPUB Ï Aaron James Aaron James Ñ 8 REVIEW 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 to tell if Assholes is a parody of dry prolix academic treatises or just a treatise about assholes written in a dry prolix academic style The final result is much the sam

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    Aaron James Ñ 8 REVIEW REVIEW Ó eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ñ Aaron James REVIEW Assholes 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 petere

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    REVIEW Assholes Aaron James Ñ 8 REVIEW REVIEW Ó eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ñ Aaron James 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 If you are an asshole or have ever been called one to your face or behind your back you may or may not be ready for this book For thos

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    (Assholes) PDF/EPUB Ï Aaron James REVIEW Ó eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ñ Aaron James REVIEW Assholes 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 bank

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    Aaron James Ñ 8 REVIEW REVIEW Ó eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ñ Aaron James (Assholes) PDF/EPUB Ï Aaron James While the title might mislead prospective readers to assume that Assholes A Theory offers either a lighthearted assortment of anti asshole yet thoroughly assholish uips or an amoral guidebook in the manner of Machiavelli's The Prince

  6. says: (Assholes) PDF/EPUB Ï Aaron James

    (Assholes) PDF/EPUB Ï Aaron James 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

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    (Assholes) PDF/EPUB Ï Aaron James Should I be concerned that one of my favorite staff members at my local library grabbed me and said Judy we just got in a book that I think you should read? Fingers crossed that she wasn't making a value judgment or statement I think that she thought I would be interested And I was Aaron James received his PhD from Harvard and is a professor of philosophy at the University of California Irvine and he takes a ph

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    (Assholes) PDF/EPUB Ï Aaron James REVIEW Ó eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ñ Aaron James Aaron James Ñ 8 REVIEW 25 starsThe description of this book is a bit misleading I was expecting a lighter yet informative read There were some moments where I enjoyed

  9. says: (Assholes) PDF/EPUB Ï Aaron James

    (Assholes) PDF/EPUB Ï Aaron James This was very much a book by a writer who's fairly sure he's funny It's actually pretty dryThe opening chapters developing a taxonomy of assholes are occasionally amusing I blew air out of my nose slightly harder than normal a few times I th

  10. says: (Assholes) PDF/EPUB Ï Aaron James

    (Assholes) PDF/EPUB Ï Aaron James I've decided to re shelve this I know it is me not the author; but for reasons I do not understand I just can't seem to focus on this book I'm going to pick it up again in the fall when my own mind is a bit uiet

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