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How Not to Get Rich: Or Why Being Bad Off Isn't So Bad

3.14  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In the tradition of James Thurber and E.B. White, How Not to Get Rich is a timely spoof filled with witty instructions on how to avoid the perilous path toward millionaire-dom.

"Large numbers of Americans are becoming rich every day, and by rich I mean loaded, as in loaded to the gills. You could soon be one of them. On the other hand, you might not be one of them, for a nu
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published September 5th 2005 by Bloomsbury USA
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Mar 23, 2011 Kirsten rated it it was amazing
Like the Reggie Watts of books: I was pleasantly surprised as I expected this to be just another piece for grazing. Yes, true, the substance might be lighthearted (or is it?), but I would argue that the execution is pretty genius. I would invent some sort of new stylistic category to place it in- the sentences fold over themselves and the train of thought zigzags in such a unique way- it is intelligent chaos which requires some concerted effort since it’s an exercise as much as it’s ...more
Sep 28, 2012 Kevin rated it did not like it
I don't know if this book is supposed to be a joke (it isn't funny) or a parody of get-rich books (moderately successful at that, I guess), but I found it crass and poorly written. I had high hopes, as I like Robert Sullivan's other books, and thought this might be some kind of philosophical look into affluenza and the benefits of a moderate life. Alas, being bad off may not be so bad, but this book is. One of the worst books I've read in a long while.
Dec 29, 2007 Mark rated it liked it
A bit of a lifestyle parody. Or a a jab at the "Get Rich" books and everything by charlatans like Dr. Phil. Doesn't leave me with much though. What he's trying to instill is the idea of living a good life rather than living for money. And that's great. But I'd rather read the more concrete versions by a guy like Tom Hodgkinson Oddly, this was written by the guy who wrote Rats
Dec 04, 2009 lyle rated it really liked it
Shelves: financial
This is a clever satire of the how to get rich books that popped up when I tried to search for this one. A very few people, if any, who read this will really be searching for ways not to become wealthy, but most others who pick it up without this intention will discover, as the title says, why being bad off isn't so bad, a modern revival of Thoreau's basic message. The author is witty and, like many people who are not forcefully goal-directed, is typically in no hurry to get to the point, ...more
Jun 03, 2010 Ross rated it did not like it
A bunch of random rather obvious complaining, written in a humorous fashion. It got a few chuckles from me here and there, but I was expecting something with a little more meat or depth.
Feb 16, 2016 Alecia rated it really liked it
Very tongue-in-cheek satirical & laugh-out-loud funny at times. A fun, yet possibly worthless, read - which is exactly what I think the author was trying to achieve! ☺️
Dec 09, 2010 Amir rated it liked it
It's a funny little book. I liked it.
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Bailed about half way through. It simply wasn't funny enough to get over not being informative.
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Robert Sullivan is the author of Rats, The Meadowlands, A Whale Hunt, and most recently, The Thoreau You Don’t Know. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York magazine, A Public Space, and Vogue, where he is a contributing editor. He was born in Manhattan and now lives in Brooklyn,
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