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What Would Ben Stein Do?: Applying the Wisdom of a Modern-Day Prophet to Tackle the Challenges of Work and Life

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SO, WHAT WOULDN'T BEN STEIN DO?There are so many terrible ideas to avoid. For instance, Ben Stein wouldn't marry someone who refused to work or was a diva or had a drug problem. Any of those choices would be really bad. He wouldn't spend his entire paycheck and leave his bank account empty. He wouldn't arrive late to an appointment. (Most definitely not!) He wouldn't drive ...more
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Published September 26th 2011 by Wiley
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Chazzle
Oct 25, 2011 Chazzle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Dry strikes again! I don't know what it is about this guy - his schtick is so low key but somehow it appeals to me (and apparently many others). I mean, in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the scene where the author, then in his role as an actor, repeated Bueller's name over and over for roll call is iconic, and yet, for me, my favorite line in the movie was when Bueller's friend asked, "OK, now that we're playing hookey, what're we gonna do today?" And Bueller says, "You're asking the wrong questi ...more
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Nov 12, 2011 K2 ----- rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although I don't share the political slant of Ben Stein I do think he's fairly clever and well educated.

A friend gave me this book and I am astonished that Wiley would even publish it.

It is a quick read and certainly something that could be given as a gift by business people to other business people who don't have time to read a real book.

It's a collection of his thoughts on life in a very very light form. If it weren't for the many blank pages it would hardly be a book, more like a list. I c
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Jun 29, 2014 Peregrine 12 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
If you'd like a few laughs and want to know someone else's opinions on day to day stuff, this would be a good choice. There is a tone of optimism in these pages that is nice to read.

I know a lot of folks will pick at Stein's point of view on different things in this book, but I really, really liked his writing. Stein has opinions I didn't necessarily agree with, of course, but I still found his advice on work and love to be clearly spoken and rock solid. The part on respecting one's parents real
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Breandan Ó
Mar 03, 2012 Breandan Ó rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Common sense for a society that is in dire need of it. An easy to read book that will probably strike many as simplistic, corny, or out-of-step with the credos of many of today's talking heads. Ben's insights are served up with humor and humility.
Louis Bouchard
The book gives sound advice. It's somewhat risk adverse.
This is a short book. Less than half of the page space is actually covered with text. It's heavily padded.
Gregory
Nov 17, 2012 Gregory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I don't always agree with Mr. Stein I do always find wit and wisdom from his writing. I'm happy to sort through the nuggets that work and apply for me.
Simar
Feb 19, 2012 Simar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Ben Stein and I loved this book. But he still speaks from a privileged white background even if he is a hard-working Jew.

"do your rebelling while you're horizontal"
Melissa
Different from what I expected but not bad. Interesting career, marriage, life, and happiness thoughts and opinions from this highly regarded pundit.
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Short to the point chapters. Easy read that is informative and gives some good solid advice.
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Jewish-American economic and political commentator, writer, actor and attorney. He gained early success as a speechwriter for American presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Later he entered the entertainment field and became an Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian, and game show host. He is famous for his monotonous yet humorous voice in acting.

Stein has frequently written commentaries on econom
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