Good Advice From Bad People

Good Advice From Bad People

Selected Wisdom From Murderers, Stock Swindlers, and Lance Armstrong

Book - 2014
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The world is fullof people telling you how to live your life. Sometimes the advice-givers fall ever-so-slightly short themselves. Bestselling author Zac Bissonnette has gathered more than seventy-five jaw-dropping gems, including risk-management advice from the man who triggered the world's largest hedge fund collapse and tips from gay-prostitute-patronizing pastor Ted Haggard on how to build a marriage that lasts a lifetime. The result will keep you smiling while you glean all the wisdom you need to build the life you want . . . if only you can follow it better than the people who gave it. 'When you know what you are talking about, others will follow you, because it's safe to follow you.' Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld, 2006 'I think the most important thing is restore a sense of idealism and end the cynicism.' F uture Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, 2002 'The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuse, that's the day you start to the top.' O. J. Simpson, 1975
Publisher: New York, New York : Portfolio/Penguin, ©2014
ISBN: 9781591846895
Branch Call Number: 818.6 BIS 2014
Characteristics: xii, 196 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm


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Feb 04, 2018

I've read and loved Bissonnette's financial guides, not only because of the very sound advice, but because of his sardonic humor. It is, therefore, perfect that he would segue into a book of humor.

Bissonnette's bias toward the financial is still clear in this book as some of the funniest pieces of advice are from failed financiers. (Bernie Madoff: Invest in a low-cost market index mutual fund. Thanks, B.) But he also touches on people like Jim Jones (shudder) and John "Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus" Gray (fun fact: his PhD was from a diploma factory). And, as promised, Lance Armstrong.

Like Bissonnette's other books (and most good humor) this gets to the point quickly, and his point is that most of the advice is common sense stuff that normal, well-adjusted people who can do basic math shouldn't need to be told. In other your money and stay away from self-help books.

Bonus: his prediction that Tim Tebow will make it into his next edition. Naturally.

Aug 18, 2014

I loved this book! It clearly shows how we need to look past an individual's celebrity status or "star power" before deciding who to trust &/or admire, even when they've been featured on reputable programs such as Oprah, and major networks like CNN, CNBC, etc.

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