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Legends of the Ferengi (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) [Paperback]

Ira Steven Behr , Robert Hewitt Wolf
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4 Aug 1997 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
"Once you have their money, never give it back." -- #1 "Anything worth doing is worth doing for money." -- #13 For centuries these and the other famous Ferengi "Rules of Acquisition" have been the guiding principles of the galaxy's most successful entrepreneurs. But the wisdom behind them was not won without a high cost in lives and latnium. Now at last these inspiring tales of avaricious Ferengi wresting monetary gain from the jaws of poverty are available to the profit-hungry across the galaxy!


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; First Issue In This Edition? edition (4 Aug 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671007289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671007287
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.5 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Ferengi are businessmen, dedicated to the pursuit of profit, and other species tend to view them with mistrust. Nevertheless, they do have their own code of behaviour, to which they adhere as rigorously as the Bajorans follow the Prophets or the Klingons pursue honour. This code is encapsulated in 285 Rules of Acquisition, and in Legends of the Ferengi Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe tell the stories and myths behind the formulation of 76 of these rules. Since they were first brought to the attention of humans in Ira Steven Behr's The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition six more rules have been added, including such gems as the 211th Rule: "Employees are the rungs on the ladder of success. Don't hesitate to step on them."

The anecdotes, illustrated with many black and white stills from the shows, are brief, each one a couple of pages at most but they help to illuminate aspects of Ferengi history and culture that don't get much of an airing in the TV shows, and any fans of the Ferengi will find much to interest and amuse them here. This is a book to dip into rather than read from cover to cover and as such it is a light and entertaining read. --Elizabeth Sourbut

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Stephen R. Covey is an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant and founder of the Covey Leadership Center. He has made teaching Principle-Centred Living and Principle-Centred Leadership his life's work. He is the author of several acclaimed and bestselling books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful! 26 May 2003
Format:Paperback
"Legends of the Ferengi" is a much more thought out and fun book than it's previously released cousin "The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition." Every known rule from the series is listed with an excellent backstory, or history if you will, of each rule. The authors did a wonderful job with book and you can tell they had fun making the stories up. This is one of those rare trek extras where even a non hard core fan will get a kick out of it. Thank you to author's for some of the best laughs in trek fiction. {ssintrepid}
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book 28 Mar 2010
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It's not very often you get veiled references to Frankenstein and the Beatles in the same book (let alone a Star Trek book) but those are just examples from a hilarious book on the Ferengi (written by two DS9 writers no less). There are some great illustrations in the book as well.

If you like the Ferengi, you should also check out the novel The 34th Rule and the third novel in the Worlds of Deep Space Nine series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I just love it. 22 Sep 2013
By Emma
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Had a great time reading the beautiful work of Robert Hewitt Wolfe and Ira Steven Behr. Too short though! Wish they had written more.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great spoof on folklore anthologies 23 Oct 2001
By Rabbi Yonassan Gershom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Legends of the Ferengi" is a hilarious spoof on fairy tales and folklore anthologies. As a folklorist myself, I found dozens of in-jokes that had me literally doubled over with laughter.
In the DS9 episode "Rules of Aquisition," the Ferengi Pel claims to know all 285 Rules of Aquisition plus the commentaries. This book gives you some of those commentaries --- at least, for the 70 Rules that were actually revealed on the series. The authors, Ira Behr and Robert Wolfe, wrote most of the DS9 Ferengi episodes. Now they give you the story behind each of the Rules, including #113, the "Rule that dare not speak its name."
You will also learn the first two words that any Ferengi learns in the Hew-Mon language ("No refunds"), The ten most famous insults in Ferengi history (see p.32) and the story of the infamous villain Drek, M.H.N.L.I.I. (May His Name Live In Infamy), who actually cut his prices and gave his customers BARGAINS, thereby causing the Ferengi economy to crash. Which is one reason why every Ferengi child is duly warned about the dangers of Real Life through supernatural horror stories about that bogeyman of bogeymen -- the Smiling Partner! And so on. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which has lots of great B&W stills from the series, too. Drek was right --- some things really ARE bargains!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful! 18 July 2002
By K. Wyatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Legends of the Ferengi" is a much more thought out and fun book than it's previously released cousin "The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition." Every known rule from the series is listed with an excellent backstory, or history if you will, of each rule. The authors did a wonderful job with book and you can tell they had fun making the stories up. This is one of those rare trek extras where even a non hard core fan will get a kick out of it. Thank you to author's for some of the best laughs in trek fiction.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sucker! 2 May 2001
By Jason Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a warning to potential buyers: if you bought the Rules of Acquistion book and then buy this one, Quark reminds you at one point that you were suckered into buying the same stuff twice. But besides that, this is a hilarious book with tons of Star Trek inside references. Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe wrote nearly all the "Ferengi episodes" of DS9 so this book is a real treat. So line Quark's pockets with latinum and get both.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly light Star Trek fare for a change. 11 Feb 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a much more substantial (and preferable) alternative to the previous work "The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition." which should bring some chuckles. Just as the Ferengi were never taken seriously, so should readers approach this book. Although it is presumably "official" Star Trek merchandise, readers may feel odd including the work's myriad puns and alliterations into the Star Trek universe. (E.g., How the name 'Saknussen' turns up in a journey to the center of Ferenginar.) But if you're one of those trekkers who could still laugh at Bill Shatner's 'Get a life!' skit, then this book is for you.
Quark said it best when he advised that his book 'be kept in your waste extraction unit and savored'.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic set of tales of the Rules of Acquisition origins. 5 Mar 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
I don't give ratings of "10" frivolously. LEGENDS OF THE FERENGI tells how the infamous Ferengi Rules of Acquisition originated. There's lots of humor and good sense to learn. I loved it from beginning to end. One Note: This book is now in audiobook form, a bit different from the book, but just as entertaining. It is read by Quark himself, Armin Shimerman.
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