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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (2 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330453734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330453738
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

In the second volume of his collected Guardian journalism, Jon hilariously demonstrates how our everyday lives are determined by the craziest thoughts and obsessions; how we spend our time believing in and getting worked up by complete nonsense. But also, as he chillingly demonstrates, there are clever people working in the highest echelons of business who are employed to spot, nurture and exploit the irrationalities of those among us who can barely cope as it is.

About the Author

Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie, Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, The Psychopath Test, The Men Who Stare at Goats and Them: Adventures with Extremists. His first fictional screenplay, Frank, co-written with Peter Straughan, starred Michael Fassbender. He lives in London and New York City.


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In this installment of investigative journalism, Jon Ronson peers behind the scenes of British TV's "Deal or No Deal" where he discovers obsessive participants holed up in their hotel believing that the show's "Banker" is watching and listening to their every move. He investigates the phenomenon of the "Indigo Children" where some parents would prefer to believe that their child's issues are due to them being highly-evolved and divine "Chosen Ones" rather than suffering from anything more mundane. Ronson visits the Alaskan town of North Pole, a tourist resort where it's Christmas 365 days of the year, to discover a group of teenagers so sick of it having been Christmas every day all their lives, they were caught plotting a Columbine-style shooting. Ronson also looks at the case of the man driven to suicide through relentless pressure from credit card companies.

This is the second of Ronson's engaging and well-written books that combine a selection of his Guardian newspaper columns about his life with his own family, and the more interesting section where he's investigating the stories as mentioned above.
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I love the way Jon Ronson writes and always amusing. I used to really look forward to buying his books but now as most of his books repeat stories already told in past books. I am really hesitant as I feel as if I am buying half or a quarter of a book. Bit lazy really Jon and your books have ceased to be value for money. I don't want to buy them purely to save myself the disappointment of reading old material..again
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What you always expect from Jon Ronson,, intelligently written very funny, makes me realise how 'normal' I am? I recommend it to all Jon Ronson fans or just fans of the odd & eccentric, my favourite kind of people!
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I do hope Jon Ronson is well paid for his journalism if only to compensate his wife Elaine for his indiscreet (and hilarious) revelations of the everyday bickerings and point-scoring that punctuate their marriage and parenting. The humour of course comes partly from recognizing our own marital relations in theirs.

This collection, like the earlier 'Out of the Ordinary' has plenty of such domestic scenes, making the purchase worthy in itself, but we also have Ronson's brief and fascinating immersions into the worlds of two very different cult figures united by an almost sinister command over their participant audiences; they are the NLP founder Richard Bandler and the former DJ and presenter of 'Deal Or No Deal' Noel Edmonds.

On a serious journalistic note, Ronson explores the reasons for the suicide of Richard Cullen, racked by credit card debt. Asking the question 'Who killed Richard Cullen?' Ronson is forensic in his examination of the cynical behaviour of banks and credit card companies that target financially vulnerable people like Richard Cullen precisely because they are more likely to be tempted by the lure of easy credit than those who are more financially sound. The outcome for many is a spiral effect of debt that can lead to misery or, in extreme cases like Cullen's, tragedy.

Whether you want to go to Jon Ronson for his self-deprecating humour or his insight into some of the more baleful and inisidious influences on the world, this collection should be for you as it offers good examples of both.
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My favourite sentence in this book is “Mike shows me the mounted head of a sheep he once shot. It’s wearing tinsel”. In the first part of this book Ronson lets us glimpse his weirdness. In the second part he goes and prods at the weirdness of others. There’s some very interesting parts about the town called North Pole and about NLP. This is a wonderful book about how people construct the world around them.
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Loved this and the interesting topics that Jon Robeson covers. Chapters that had m engrossed were the Deal or no Deal and the Indigo children. Loved the reoccurring theme with the neighbour as well. Had me laughing out loud more than once
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Quite an interesting read especially the 2 latter bits (on NLP and the marketing of debt) (4-5 stars). The Adrian Mole groaning and whining type stuff at the beginning wasn't so interesting for me (1-2 stars). So 3 stars overall
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You wouldn't think that something like trying to get your neighbour to ask you what you do for a living as a great basis for a story, but the quality of Ronson's narrative has you eager to find out what happens next. And Ronson also proves throughout that there is plenty of humuor to be found in the anti-climax.

A lesson in great writing.
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