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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (224 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aaron James Narrator: Arthur More Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What does it mean for someone to be an asshole? The answer is not obvious, despite the fact that we are often personally stuck dealing with people for whom there is no better name. Try as we might to avoid them, assholes are found everywhere, at work, at home, on the road, and in the public sphere. Encountering one causes great difficulty and personal strain, especially because we often cannot understand why exactly someone should be acting like that.

Asshole management begins with asshole understanding. Much as Machiavelli illuminated political strategy for princes, this book finally gives us the concepts to think or say why assholes disturb us so, and explains why such people seem part of the human social condition, especially in an age of raging narcissism and unbridled capitalism. These concepts are also practically useful, as understanding the asshole we are stuck with helps us think constructively about how to handle problems he (and they are mostly all men) presents. We get a better sense of when the asshole is best resisted, and when he is best ignored, a better sense of what is, and what is not, worth fighting for.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “James’ research is both thorough and imaginative; his impressive source list ranges from obscure philosophy books to popular websites to Rudyard Kipling to Kanye West, hip-hop’s greatest asshole. The author’s enthusiasm for the subject makes it possible to get through the book quickly…There are moments of great insight and outright hilarity.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “James neatly does what philosophers must do: he defines his terms, organizes and codifies, declares his own loyalties; he locates himself on the spectrum of assholery and suggest origins both psychological and sociological. The result is a delightful combination of the demotic and the technical.”


  • “James’ volume is equal parts philosophical meditation and historical survey, but its true value lies in his attempt to precisely define the term.”

    New York Magazine

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jacqueline | 2/3/2014

    " Boring. I appreciate the time and detail Aaron James has taken to devote to, even major in, assholes. He should receive a D.A. (Doctorate of Asshole-ology) just for the effort. For my part, life is too short. Out with the assholes, in with the good folks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Esteban del Mal | 1/27/2014

    " Ha-ha, Karen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Matt | 1/13/2014

    " YUCK! I couldn't make it past the first chapter. Don't waste your time, not funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Fred Forbes | 12/10/2013

    " I had expected an informative and lively discussion but got instead a "scientific", dry tome, laden with footnotes on nearly every page. This is a small, short book whose subject matter could have been handled as a magazine article. Repetitive and overdone and more than I wanted to know. "

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