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Asshole: How I Got Rich & Happy by Not Giving a S*** About You Paperback – 27 Mar 2008
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Everything I know I owe to this man. What an asshole! (Gordon Gekko )
If I was alive today I'd definitely be following the rules of assholism. Buy this book! (Machiavelli )
About the Author
Martin Kihn was a nice guy. The kind of guy who gives up his seat on the tube for old ladies and pregnant women. The kind of nice guy who always finished last. Until one day, he decided to become a different kind of guy. The kind of guy who always wins, who gets the girl - and the money. The kind of guy who's an asshole.
Top Customer Reviews
We find Kihn, initially, struggling to assert himself.
He says early on that, "About the only thing I'd done that seemed like a concrete Axxhole step was buy a new ringtone for my phone. Now whenever anyone called me there was Ice-T's voice saying: 'Pick up the phone, player! Big money on the line!'"
He relates later that this actually went off in an important meeting: "Someone said, 'Wow.'"
He seeks out training for his purpose of stamping his footprint upon the world.
His stories about Al, the therapist he hired to train him to be an Axxhole, are so laugh-out-loud funny that I tell them to my friends. For example, try buying a CD, walking out, then immediately walking back in without the receipt, going to the front of the line, and loudly demanding a refund.
There is a lot of humanity in here and eventually he seems to come round to the fact that being an Axxhole isn't all it's cranked up to be.
Nevertheless there is also a lot of real truth in this book. Especially if you want to get ahead in business - or even just get the job done - you shouldn't be too "nice", which we are told meant "foolish" in Middle English.
In an important insight, Kihn realises that a man who is too nice is, in fact, living life as a woman.
As his work colleague Emily says, "It's not like we want to get treated like sxxx. But we want a provider. They need to make things happen out there. If they're passive we're both going down."
Later Emily wants to get off work early so she can attend her boyfriend's birthday party.Read more ›
He tells me it sells very well in Germany - I suspect the Germans might not have realised it isn't meant as a serious self help guide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed reading this book and has at its heart a very dark grain of truth running through it. Do these people exist in real life? Read morePublished 10 months ago by Steven Grant
Bought this book as I am a fan of the TV Series 'House of Lies'.Very funny.Published on 6 Oct. 2014 by BiggerBadderVoodooMama
After reading some very positive reviews for this book I decided to buy it thinking it would be humourous and entertaining to read. It is neither. Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2013 by BluesGuitarMart
Well written, funny, articulate and a generally great read. Hidden in the humour is a real message of hope to anyone who has ever been stepped on by a boss, colleague or sports... Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2010 by Craig Robinson