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Caught Between the Dog and the Fireplug, or How to Survive Public Service

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Replete with practical advice for anyone considering a career in federal, state, or local government, Caught Between the Dog and the Fireplug, or How to Survive Public Service conveys what life is really like in a public service job. The book is written as a series of lively, entertaining letters of advice from a sympathetic uncle to a niece or nephew embarking on a govern ...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published March 2nd 2001 by Georgetown University Press (first published January 31st 2001)
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Megan
Jan 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love the title of this book. What a great way to describe the role of public servants! For anyone currently working for government, Ashworth (former Commissioner of Higher Ed in Texas) lays out the dilemmas and challenges of this career choice. He shares personal stories that tested his character and morals throughout his 40 years working in the public sector. Great read for any of you who find yourself getting pissed on more often than you like :)
Filip Gecic
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
For all public servants that would like to make working in government their permanent career. It is a witty account of some major challenges of being a public servant and providing the best service to the community and avoiding being a “bureaucrat”.
Jenny
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
at times a little wordy & rambling, but overall a great message on working in public service
Michael
Nov 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
Bloated with self aggrandizement. Terrible book, except for seeing just what's wrong with our government.
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Shelves: phd-program
Excellent book.
Donald Moss
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Highly, highly recommended for anyone who is studying for an MPA or wants a greater understanding of what, exactly, public servants face.
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