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Build a Better Life by Stealing Office Supplies: Dogbert's Big Book of Business (Dogbert N' Dilbert's Humour at Work) Paperback – 1 Oct 1992

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (1 Oct. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857880153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857880151
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 20 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 812,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What started as a doodle has turned Scott Adams into a superstar of the cartoon world. Dilbert debuted on the comics page in 1989 while Adams was in the tech department at Pacific Bell. Adams continued to work at Pacific Bell until he was voluntarily downsized in 1995. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since 1979.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Minati on 26 Dec. 2006
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This book is hilarious and yet so practical. Perfect examples from everyday life have been provided and the illustrations are great. I would definitely recommend this book.
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this is a little gem of a book for anyone who works in an office as there are lots of thisng that will apply to you
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One of the all-time best business books + Scott Adams� best 11 Nov. 2003
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I cannot say enough positive things about BABLBSOS, Scott Adams' first book and the one that started him on his path to fame, glory, and fortune. I bought my first copy in the early nineties at the MIT Tech Coop bookstore, when a fellow geek friend of mine said I absolutely had to read it - he just shoved it into my shopping tote. At that point in time I had never heard of Scott Adams, and I think the Boston Globe was one of a small handful of papers carrying Dilbert (it subsequently took two years of letter writing before my local paper agreed to carry it).
In BABLBSOS, Scott Adams covers his by now familiar territory of the world of American high tech business for the very first time. BABLBSOS is not a rehash of the daily Dilbert strip like so many other collections of Adams'. Rather, BABLBSOS is original material organized by topics, which collectively cover all major aspects of the workplace experience in a high tech company. Since Adams is exploring this material for the first time, and is not doing it in a daily comic strip form, the results are more hard-hitting and concise than Adams' subsequent books. Each page stands on its own and showcases in the best possible way Adams' brilliantly cynical understanding of how businesses all too often really function.
But BABLBSOS is more than just Scott Adams' best work. It also is one of the best business books and management guides ever created, and certainly the pithiest. All too many business books present prescriptions for how businesses should operate. BABLBSOS is the opposite: an "anti-business" book that shows how businesses actually behave, from the perspective of the employees. The challenge and guidance for managers, then, is to do the opposite of the pointy-haired boss, to avoid the situations that Adams presents.
After I originally read BABLBSOS, I recommended it to everyone I knew who would appreciate it (which is almost anyone who works for a living in a corporation), and used many of the panels in various presentations. I still keep a copy handy in my office for reference. So, as you can see, I cannot recommend BABLBSOS highly enough.
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Dogbert has useful tips for everyday situations. 19 Feb. 1998
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This book is practical, humorous, and has big, simple cartoon pictures so it's easy to understand. Dogbert gives useful insights on everyday situations such as coffee intake, boss classifications, and hallway greetings. A must read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Perhaps the most insightful book about what really happens in the corporate workplace 4 May 2010
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Before the boss's hair went pointy, before dinosaurs roamed the strip, before Dogbert became master of the universe, there was Build a Better Life by Stealing Office Supplies. From what your clothes say about you ("I hope you'll ignore the stuff that comes out of my mouth"), to change ("You will appear to be a visionary planner if you decentralize everything which is centralized and centralize everything which is decentralized"), to excuses for being late ("Just remember that your excuse must be more dramatic than those who arrive before you"), this book is fall-out-of-your-chair funny while at the same time being spot-on in describing the surreality of the modern corporate environment. Each page is a Dilbert strip, but written for this book. Together they cover pretty much everything you need to know about how business really operates. The final two pages, "When to change jobs" and "Keeping your perspective" do, penultimately and ultimately, put it all in, well, perspective.
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Poor Kindle formatting makes the book unreadable. 14 July 2014
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This review is specifically about the Kindle formatting, which is unreadable. At the time of this writing, the formatting of the ebook is essentially an out-of-order page scan. Panels are oddly chopped, and the narrative flow is disrupted by the ordering of the chopped-up panels.

Amazon makes it very hard to tell if or when ebooks are updated, and book samples sometimes aren't long enough to spot these sorts of problems. If your sample doesn't extend past the introduction, be prepared to return the book for a refund and make sure you let Amazon know it's due to defective content.

If and when the ebook is updated, your mileage will vary.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A book about business through the eyes of Dilbert 12 July 1997
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There are many book about business etiquette. Many of them talk about all sorts of obscure manners and what to do in the strangest of situations. But this one actually talks about situations that you get into every day, such as hallway etiquette and mettings. But the best part about it is that it is fun to read. Other books have pages and pages of text that talk endlessly like a moron in the hallway. With this book, every page have something funny about it
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