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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Booth-Clibborn Editions; 1st edition (2 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419703730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419703737
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles Saatchi co-founded the global advertising agency, Saatchi and Saatchi, with his brother Maurice. He's also an art collector and owner of the Saatchi Gallery, one of the world's largest showcases for contemporary art


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This book is really interesting if you want to dip into the mind of a psychopath, and makes a good companion piece to 'Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us' by Robert D. Hare. A narcissistic eulogy to the author's venal vanity, ego, and celebration of power for it's own sake, combined with a contemptuous dismissal of others, who he views as inferior, and the common values that most of society respects. Of course, as if often the way with psychopaths, it is often said in a style that is supposed to be viewed as glibly humorous - until that is you see a photograph with the author with his hands around the throat of his wife, twisting her nose, and covering her mouth so she is unable to speak, and you realism he means it all. He really does mean it all.
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Now I know why the world is like it is, if everyone took Saatchi's view there would be a great deal of people in a great deal of trouble. Ok so being nice is under-rated but without us nice people Saatchi wouldn't be where he is today.
You see I can't even put what I really think because he has powerful lawyers, if you want to live in the world of the crass and uncaring this book is for you. I hope it was written as a joke - but I doubt it.
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I was quite disappointed by this book. Had high hopes as it was recommended but it is an empty, superficial read. Only redeeming features for me were a little humour and interesting quotes here and there.
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Saatchi's philosophy is laughable and repugnant. The man is utterly contemptible and could only dream of inducing any thought worthy of the public sphere. A public sphere he has done his upmost to destroy mind you.
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Unlike so many public figures today, one certainly can't accuse Charles Saatchi of hypocrisy. He is truly the worst that he can be. Well done, sir!
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I sent for this book after reading a sample and was interested enough to buy a copy, plus there was 'the trial'.
I found it became increasingly difficult to pursue after about one third of the way through, and was not sure if I was going to finish it or bin it. Ultimately I binned it. It so lacks any joie de vivre and probably reflects Saatchi's personality and outlook, dull and heavy going.
Lighten up man, you're only here once and none of us is that big a deal in the scheme of things.
Poor Nigella - what a terrible choice, unless she's less fun than she seems.

A doctor's waiting room book when you've a bit of time to kill and nothing better to do.
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Charles Saatchi is officially known for founding the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency and championing young British artists - but he's unofficially known for being secretive, opinionated and rather grumpy. In Be the Worst You Can Be, Saatchi finally speaks. The book is beautifully produced, with thick pages and colour pictures, and consists of Saatchi's answers to almost 300 questions from journalists and members of the public. These range from the profound ("Are winners in life people who always put themselves first?") to the personal ("Did you ever run away from home as a child?") to the slightly silly ("Do you like girl groups or boy bands?").

Saatchi may not be a likeable man, but he is certainly an interesting one. Although some of his responses seem throwaway, many of them are fascinating and show a rare insight - in particular, his thoughts on negative reviews, being nice to people, and impatience. There are few insights into the worlds of advertising or art dealing, although it does include the unexpected and delightful fact that the Mona Lisa has no eyebrows because it was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off.

Grumpier than a self-help book and more beautifully presented than an interview, this book is fine to flip through during idle moments.
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I was expecting something different. Some of the points mr Saatchi makes are interesting but overall it is a vain and bad written book. The only thing I can think of about this bad piece of work is that he did it on purpose, to serve a marketing idea that I do not understand at the moment.
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