Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel by Scott Adams

Posted January 3, 2018 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel by Scott AdamsDilbert and the Way of the Weasel by Scott Adams
Series: Dilbert: Business #5
Also in this series: The Dilbert Future: Thriving on Stupidity in the 21st Century, The Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle's-Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions, The Joy of Work: Dilbert's Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-Workers, Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook
Published by HarperBusiness on October 22nd 2002
Genres: Nonfiction, Humour
Pages: 350
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
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five-stars

Back after a four-year hiatus, New York Times best-selling author Scott Adams presents an outrageous look at work, home, and everyday life in his new book, Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel. Building on Dilbert’s theory that “All people are idiots,” Adams now says, “All people are idiots. And they are also weasels.” Just ask anyone who worked at Enron.

In this book, Adams takes a look into the Weasel Zone, the giant grey area between good moral behaviour and outright felonious activities. In the Weasel Zone, where most people reside, everything is misleading, but not exactly a lie. Building on his popular comic strip, Adams looks into work, home, and everyday life and exposes the way of the weasel for everyone to see. With appearances from all the regular comic strip characters, Adams and Dilbert are at the top of their game—master satirists who expose the truth while making us laugh our heads off.

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This book was extremely funny. I think that in this series, the first and last books were definitely the best. The first one introduced a lot of key concepts that were explored in the next books, and the last one explored my favourite concept. It’s just…so applicable. Okay, there is the one argument that most weasels who provide a product or service probably won’t screw you over too much because they need to have a good reputation regarding customer service. If they screw you over then they lose your business, and you’ll make a stink about it and they’ll lose other people’s business too. But it’s easy to see how they might screw you over in less dramatic ways. For instance, you can’t cancel a service plan over the phone if you can’t actually speak to a human representative. You’ll just be left on hold for hours and then disconnected, and fortunately for them, the only way to cancel the service is by phone. So there’s no actual way to cancel the service. Perfectly reasonable real-life example. Most of the examples from everyday life apply easily. A few from the corporate world do, but again, some are exaggerations. Either way, I think Adams does a great job of covering most if not all of the types of weaseling going on in our society. Not only are all humans stupid, lazy, and whatever that third thing is—he keeps changing it—but we are also weasels. Very simple. Fortunately there are some great methods to out-weasel the weasel. You’ll have to read the book. And I do recommend it, obviously. It’s hilarious—I had two moments where I had to put the book down and laugh it out for a few minutes—and delightfully cynically accurate. (Just generally entertaining; You can’t really do much with the knowledge. Unless you like being a weasel.) A great end to a great series.

  reaction upon finishing

Oh yes! So good!

this book in one word

awesome

About Scott Adams

Adams was born in Windham, New York in 1957 and received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hartwick College in 1979.
He also studied economics and management for his 1986 MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Adams is also a trained hypnotist, as well as a vegetarian.
He married Shelly Miles on July 22, 2006.

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