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As Luck Would Have It

2.85 of 5 stars 2.85  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  21 reviews
I felt, intuitively, that luck exists. It’s like capitalism: For better or for
worse, and whether you believe in it or not, luck is inescapable. —from As Luck Would Have It

While cowriting the books in the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, Joshua Piven came across dozens of people with tremendously compelling stories of triumph (or misfortune), seemingly against
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Hardcover, 199 pages
Published October 7th 2003 by Villard (first published 2003)
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Melissa
A random off the library shelf pick that was good. I would have loved it to be more than telling stories of luck. Maybe some research. Though to be fair luck research is hard to do.
Crystal Velasquez
Fun read. Basically it tells the stories of various people who have either had incredibly good luck or incredibly bad luck and how it shaped their lives. (The guy who invented the pet rock had a pretty interesting story. And a couple of others who survived plane crashes or engine failures.) It leaves you with the notion that good and bad circumstances can be considered lucky, depending on what you do with the opportunities you are presented. Also, preparation is a huge part of putting yourself i ...more
Red
I'm used to nonfiction books with more in depth looks at a subject, and this book seemed to bounce around. There wasn't any connection between the stories except they were all about people who had their luck change one way or the other. The stories were interesting (how the pet rock got started, the story behind 867-5309, the Cabbage Patch craze and the Pokemon craze), but this isn't a book I'll read again. I like meatier nonfiction.
Maura
This is a good book for anyone interested in facts and data. The stories are interesting but the author packs them full of info and sometimes leaves the story behind. It would be great for a trivia buff. I found it interesting because it gives lots of info on the back-stories of "the pet rock", Pokemon, Cabbage Patch dolls, as well as unknown stories about a lotto winner, an airplane crash surviver and a lightning strike victim.
Sidra
I did enjoy the book, albeit taking a long time to finish it. The story about how we have to make our own luck really got through to me. I agree with it.. some of us just notice more, and make quicker decisions.
☥Sabrina Rutter☥
Truthfully there was two or three storys that I read all the way through. The topic in each little story was interesting, but the way it was written took all the fun out of reading it.
Gretchen
Not bad for a quick, easy read. Most of the stories are interesting. This lacks any in-depth information, though, and a few of the stories are a bit boring and contain unnecessary details.
Amy
It was kind of interesting, but the author went into WAY too much detail. I felt like I was reading his complete notes and research of the book instead of the final draft.
Aimee
read the jist of each of the stories ....thought the author went on with boring unimportant details ....was a really random and poorly put together collection of stories IMO
Mary
An ok quick read. Not much depth - but then that's not the writer's intent in this small book. More of a quick research book, a collection of observations . . . zzzzzzzzz
Jennifer Short
A collection of stories about good luck or bad luck. The one about Tommy TuTone seemed to go on forever, but then a few were absoltuely facinating.
Barbara
Some interesting stories. Not engaging enough to read straight through. The writer offers no interesting insights.
Julian
A very entertaining and quick read about luck. Maybe I should invest $100 in Lotto tickets. We shall see...
Julie
Many mini stories, first couple were the best, listened to in car on CD
Cindy
Read the first story, skimmed the second and third, didn't read the last few.
Barb
Everything happens for a reason And LUCK does really exist!
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
What is the nature of luck? Stories from real life.
Libby
"Defensive pessimism" - me in a nutshell.
Linnae
Liked the stories--too much analysis.
Wendy
Great stories and easy read
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Josh Piven is a television writer and producer, speechwriter, playwright, and the author or co-author of more than twenty non-fiction and humor books, including the worldwide best-selling The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series.

He wrote the teleplay and serves as producer of Don The Beekeeper, a half-hour children’s TV show about honeybees and urban beekeeping. His most recent stage play,
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