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The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, 8. April 2014


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Charles Murray is the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.  He first came to national attention in 1984 with his book Losing Ground.  His subsequent books include In Pursuit, The Bell Curve (with Richard J. Herrnstein), What it Means to Be a Libertarian, Human Accomplishment, In Our Hands, Real Education, and the national bestseller Coming Apart.  He received a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard and a Ph.D. in political science from MIT.  He lives with his wife in Burkittsville, Maryland. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.


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Good advice for the young (and for the nearly curmudgeonly) 8. April 2014
Von Paul Mastin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have been a fan of Charles Murray since I read his classic Losing Ground while I was in college. Many are familiar with Murray's always thought-provoking and insightful work in his books and his work with the American Enterprise Institute. During his tenure at AEI, he as seen countless college interns and young scholars come through their doors. His new book, The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead, is a wonderful distillation of practical advice for these young people and others.

As a writer, Murray is of course concerned with language usage, in both written and spoken communication. Most of it is standard style manual material, but this passage stands out: "Do you use the word like as a verbal tic? I mean, like, do you insert it in, like, random points in your, like, spoken conversation? If the answer is yes, this is the single most important tip in the entire book: STOP IT!" Well said! His tips on writing (and re-writing) are worth a read for any aspiring writer.

Some of his advice will seem old-fashioned and out of date, but it's still hard to argue with it. Speaking of tattoos, he agrees that they have a place in history, "first among savage tribes and then, more recently, among the lowest classes of Western societies." He reluctantly makes exceptions for insignias from the armed forces, but clearly advises against any visible tattoos.

Some of his best advice is for that class of students and young people who end up in places like AEI for internships, which he calls "affirmative action for the advantaged." He argues that while internships can be beneficial, much more beneficial would be summer jobs in the service sector, in order to be around people of all classes and learning how to wait on people rather than being waited on. Any sort of cultural exposure is beneficial, since "we aren't required to love all of our fellow Americans. But we should know from personal experience we're talking about."

Murray covers a lot in a relatively short space. The Curmudgeon's Guide would make a great gift for the college graduates in your life, but even for someone getting closer and closer to a curmudgeonly age, there is plenty to learn and think about here.

Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!
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Murray again 20. April 2014
Von D. Ashbaugh - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Murray is back again with another book for lay people. This time he takes the role of the elderly statesman advising the younger generation. Being roughly the same generation as Murray, I tend to agree with much of what he says, although my rational side says the audience he is addressing will largely ignore much of what he advises. His advice on marriage seems particularly pertinent in this day and age when many young people are postponing marriage and children. The start up marriage of two young people who then go on to build a life together and have shared memories seems to be the most satisfying in the long run, when it works. Murray notes this and does not blame couple who split up, but does note that those that survive work through problems that would cause many others to break and run. He calls marriages when two people are older and established, as "mergers" and notes that they may also work well but often lack the shared successes and hardships overcome that all young marriages have to undergo. The old adage that "whatever doesn't kill me, makes me stronger" certainly applies to those marriages that succeed. I was less taken with his rather long passage on writing skills. Reminds me of William Safire and other scolds. It is a good read and well written but not a book I will reread.
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When it's Revolutionary to be Traditional 8. April 2014
Von Sandy Winnich - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When it's revolutionary to be traditional and controversial to be safe, you know that society has gone off the deep end. And it takes innovative thinkers to wake that society up from its bizarre state of affairs. Like the iconic How to Take Advantage and Freakonomics before, Curmudgeon takes a unique look at the world and provides a refreshing take-home concept for the reader: get married young and try to marry someone who's religious.

This may fly in the face of all the modern advice and sure to make feminists pop a couple blood vessels but his argument makes sense. People have been pushing this self-centered hedonistic lifestyle on teens and twenty-somethings for decades and they're the least happy they've ever been, despite having the most opportunity and wealth in history. Weird. Maybe, as Murray writes, "The clichés are true."

And I think the kids these days are ready to hear it. They've tried the common ideal being sold now and found it empty. That's why more young people are going to traditional churches and getting involved in traditional organizations.

Marry young, become deeply involved with religion, and prioritize virtuous conduct over fame and fortune. Grandpa Murray's right. It may just lead to a happier you.
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I am sorry that this kind of book I have not encounter when I started my career 21. April 2014
Von Helpful Advice - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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‘The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead’ written by Charles Murray is a good book for older teenagers and people in twenties that provides many interesting lessons about life and helps getting around in this world where there are not many great opportunities and it is important to quickly grab the ones that show in our life.

Charles Murray made an effort to gather in one place many small, at first glance, not so much important tips and consolidated them in his book that you will read in 2-3 hours because of its brevity without any problems.

‘The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead’ is divided into four major chapters – ‘On the presentation of self in the workplace’, ‘On thinking and writing well’, ‘On the formation of who you are’ and ‘On the pursuit of happiness’ - each of them consisting of several lessons that are shared on a few pages.

Although I'm not the target audience for this book, nor with my age, and even less with my business experience, I am sorry that this kind of book I have not encounter many years ago when I started with my career because with almost all found inside I completely agree. Therefore in my opinion Murray’s will be of help to young people in search for their first job, but also on the other aspects of their business and personal development.

The author begins his book in a funny way saying to reader that first thing they need to understand is that most organizations in the private sector are led by curmudgeons just like author is, except of the entertainment or IT industries, which are led by people who are either young or trying to be. The curmudgeon by definition is grumpy man (or woman) who doesn’t like too much contemporary culture and make quick judgments about someone behavior in the workplace, not hesitating to act on those judgments in deciding who gets promoted and fired.

So if you want to satisfy this kind of people, or at least as much is possible to fulfill their expectations, but however still remain yourselves, I recommend you to read Charles Murray’s book - some of the things you will find inside you already know for sure, but some are small wisdoms about which a young (wo)man is not paying enough attention but still they are important.
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And now for something completely different... 9. April 2014
Von John Talmadge, M.D. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I hate to use a cliche and say that Charles Murray has done it again, but Charles Murray has done it again. I figured something was up when he wrote a delightful article for the New York Times describing his nascent career as a poker player. There was an existential shift going on, and the good humor and delightful wisdom in this book really delivers. Disclaimer: I had the privilege of seeing the manuscript prior to publication, and since I know Dr. Murray I would be hard pressed to go negative. That being said, what I most enjoy about this book is (1) the writing style, which is brilliant, friendly, and down to earth; and (2) the creativity and originality with which the author shares some of the eternal truths we all wish we could put into words. I will leave it to others to summarize and deconstruct. I'll simply say that this book is an example of what happens when genius lets it all hang out, the writer loves the game, and the object is to swing for the centerfield fence. If you don't enjoy this book, put it up for sale on eBay and I'll buy your copy for friends and family.
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