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The Best-case Scenario Handbook [Paperback]

Christopher Buckley , John Tierney

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16 Dec 2002
THE BEST CASE SCENARIO HANDBOOK shows readers how to cope with sudden wealth, power, love, success and earthly glory. In scenario after scenario, it's what to do when life takes a turn for the lucky. When for example, your car is bumped by another vehicle on a country road and Bill Gates stumbles out and slurs, "What'll it take to make this go away?" When a university accidentally admits your child - with a full scholarship. When a cash machine goes berserk and starts spewing cash. THE BEST CASE SCENARIO HANDBOOK combines practical information (what do experts advise lottery winners?) with shrewd social strategy, and is illustrated throughout with first-aid style black-and-white line drawings.

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A few years ago, I got a phone call from The New York Times asking me-in strictest confidence-to write the citation for its nomination of John Tierney for a Pulitzer Prize. Read the first page
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kinda funny, kinda not 27 Dec 2002
By A. White - Published on
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While the parody aspect sounded funny, in reality it isn't what it could've been. It's about things that would never happen in a million years (like getting rear-ended by a drunken Bill Gates in traffic-what to do), written to look like the infamous 'Worst Case Scenario' books. I chuckled mildly a few times over the items, but nothing that really cracked me up. There are things like 'What to do if you're stuck on a deserted island with J-Lo', and others along those lines. The laugh factor is medium, and it's a great bathroom book, but not something I will give as a gift again.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny 20 Dec 2002
By magellan - Published on
This book has some very funny moments, such as How to Accept the Nobel Peace Prize, What to Do if You Win the Lottery, and many others. My favorite one is about what to do if you're stranded on a desert island with Jennifer Lopez. These range from explaining that the reason you don't want to build a signal fire is it would damage the island's delicate ecology, to saying that you're basically a sensitive guy and it's okay with you to go slow with the relationship. There are many other scenarios in the book, and overall it's a lighthearted and funny piece of writing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable and Unassuming 11 Dec 2002
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Despite what other reviewers have said, this book made me laugh out loud... A LOT! It has step by step solutions for how to accept an Academy Award, be a British monarch, request your three wishes from a genie, what to do when you win the lottery, and more. Complete with sketches for how to properly wave like a British monarch, hold your Oscar, rub a magic lamp lap, etc.
Tougue in cheek and very witty. Think positive and be prepared! These things could happen... right?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as funny as I'd hoped 2 Dec 2002
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I was disappointed with this book. It just didn't strike me as being that funny. The jokes are fairly predictable, and it doesn't hold as much appeal as the Worst-Case Scenario book. I had thought I'd enjoy it as I've always been a big fan of Tierney's columns in the New York Times, but I wouldn't recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars hysterical 5 April 2013
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this is the perfect book for any gift giving occassion! the book is very witty and a great conversation starter!
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