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Seven Years of Highly Defective People: Scott Adams' Guided Tour of the Orgins and Evolution of Dilbert (Dilbert Books (Paperback Andrews McMeel)) [Paperback]

Scott Adams
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Sep 1997 Dilbert Books (Paperback Andrews McMeel)
Warning: more stupidity ahead (also selfishness and horniness) Nostradamus, step aside. Scott Adams has turned futurist and gives us a much needed look into his skewed crystal ball. Here's a taste of what you'll learn in "The Dibert Future: " in the future, life definitely won't be like "Star Trek" (or else we'd never leave the holodeck) there will be a huge market for technology products that help workers goof off and still get paidInternet capacity will increase indefinitely to keep up with the egos of the people using it it will be increasingly easy to find customers gullible enough to buy any product, no matter how worthless and stupid it is your competitors will remain just as clueless as your are There's only one word to describe life in "The Dibert Future: " HILARIOUS.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (Sep 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836236688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836236682
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,338,344 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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If life throws you lemons, swell up and die!
After 2/13/'98 Dogbert will no longer be in the Dilbert strips , for ratbert murders him out of jelousy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Scott Adams' Dilbert comic strip is simply brilliant; Dilbert is the embodiment of the typical white collar working man. Other comic strips may be funny, but Dilbert personally connects with huge numbers of people in ways no other comic strip has ever come close to matching. It's really amazing how a single three-frame daily comic can say so much so well. I feel a particular affinity to both Dilbert and his creator Scott Adams. Adams' first job was a bank teller position, as was mine. I am also quite familiar with the whole cubicle phenomenon, and while my own work experience was never quite as dysfunctional as that of Dilbert, I can relate to and understand very well the types of management decisions, innovatively silly programs and campaigns, and team-building charades that take place in Dilbert's workplace. You don't have to be a cubicle veteran to "get" Dilbert, though, and Adams' humor is so razor-sharp and grounded in common sense that Dilbert's fans should be and are legion in number.
Seven Years of Highly Defective People makes a great introduction to Scott Adams' brilliant comic strip. Not only do you get a sampling of Adams' best creations from the time of the strip's appearance in 1989 to 1996 and the publication of this book, you get a great introduction to the characters who share Dilbert's world. You can see the progression of the The Boss over time and marvel at the appearance and growth of his increasingly pointy hair, watch Dilbert's coworker Alice evolve from a nondescript female character to the triangle-haired attitude-laced pistol she came to be. Wally has always been Wally, but this guy makes any comic strip frame better and funnier just by lending his presence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic- Perfect for any Dilbert "Newbie" 21 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The way it was in the beginning- This book can inform one on the history of the characters which continuously amuse us when we read the morning newspaper. We realize that detail is the key as Adam admits his follies, misspellings and regrets, people that were offended, stereotype complaints, things he enjoyed- all concerning one strip at a time. I highly recommend this book to, not only the newbies, but everyone. Find out what the characters were like when first introduced in this masterpiece of a Dilbert book. Buy it as soon as possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant introduction to the world of Dilbert 30 Sep 2000
Format:Hardcover
For those of us who have read Dilbert for years, all the characters make perfect sense. But to the uninitated the odd mix of characters can be a bit confusing (What's with the dog? Who's the rat? Why does the garbage man know so much? Who's the guy with the cape and the spoon? ). This book explains it all, and the annotations by Scott Adams gives real depth to some previously hidden jokes. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read! 11 April 2000
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Format:Hardcover
This is my nomination for the funniest book ever. Once I picked it up I couldd not put it down for fear of sufferingfrom sevee depression. One of the greatest things about the business side to this book is that it's all true! You can pretend that your boss is the boss in the strips and then feel good when Dilbert gets one over on him. The originality is another good thing. When did you last see a dog planning to take over he word with the cunning use of credit cards or a dinosaur whose family have hidden behind sofas for millions of years and who specializes in giving people wedgies. It's not just a book - it's a way of life!
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Format:Hardcover
I can just think of ONE flaw in this great book. In some of, sorry, a lot of Scott Adams' mini-series, comics are missed out, e.g. in the 'Death of Dilbert' mini-series, which is a whole section, there are only about 6 comics out of 21. This can mean that you don't get some jokes which would have been good with the previous strip. But, other from that problem, it's so funny that you just can't help laughing out loud. You get good value for money, and on the whole, it IS a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is incredibly funny and interesting! 25 Mar 1999
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Format:Hardcover
Scott Adams wrote here a wonderful overview of the past seven years of Dilbert. He has comments under each of the comics, giving an idea of their origins and what he thinks of Dilbert and himself. If you are interested in the history of Dilbert and Adams, this is the book to buy. Otherwise, just buy the other books and see every comic ever made, and not just an overview! (Besides, then he'll make more money and keep making more Dilbert!! :) )
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This book had me rolling on the floor laughing. Especially with the Dofbert section.
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3.0 out of 5 stars could be better... 15 Feb 1999
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Format:Paperback
This is okay...but it really needs more in the way of annotation to be really worthwhile. After all, we've seen all these comics before, and while there is SOME behind-the-scenes stuff, it's just not enough. Gary Larson did this kind of thing right; Adams should take a lesson from him.
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