No really- I couldn't put it down and read it in one day. With a title like that, it's hard to resist. Just the first chapter in, but no buyer's remorse here! No need to melt like a snowflake. Shit happens, and has to happen, for it to be shit: The book does an impressive job of describing the ingredients of an asshole, the different asshole styles that one might encounter, and how we choose to respond to an asshole.
Assholes: A Theory
I would have given this book 4 stars, but the chapter on "asshole capitalism" dragged on and on to the point that I began to suspect that he was summarizing a graduate school paper or perhaps a portion of his dissertation. It is this trait that is the predominantly defining trait of the asshole: Based on what I've seen in law firms, corporate America, and Silicon Valley start-ups, there's no danger that companies are going to stop hiring assholes. They were to feel and almost believe that Pug is as problematic and as foul and yet shamefully exposing himself in public. Don't click the following.
Many a know-it-all asshole troll will defer to authority on the job. Whatever you call them, such characters are a part of every organization, and Sutton, a professor of management science and engineering at Stanford University, has written a book about how to deal with them, The No Asshole Rule: In that case, the racist judgement that Berlusconi is a wop will lay claim to truth and yet fall into error by virtue of resting on a false presupposition. Recent Comments may be delayed Loading But there's also an emotional component--the feeling that you're being oppressed or pushed around by a bad apple. For example, in the conclusion of his book -- his "Letter to an Asshole" -- he addresses the asshole with remarks like this:
It allows us a degree of agency and recognition, just not in the eyes of the asshole himself. Instead, it is an honest examination of the asshole and his impact on society, particularly on the economic side. Is that the term they use at Stanford? You might succeed in getting people fully energized, but it won't be in a productive way. Assholology is the hot topic these days, and I have frequently found that reflecting on my own asshole quotient is more worthwhile than focusing on the assholes around me, to the point where I begin to consider that assholes aren't ALL bad!