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Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years [Format Kindle]

Geoffrey Nunberg

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It first surfaced in the gripes of GIs during World War II and was captured early on by the typewriter of a young Norman Mailer. Within a generation it had become a basic notion of our everyday moral life, replacing older reproaches like lout and heel with a single inclusive category––a staple of country outlaw songs, Neil Simon plays, and Woody Allen movies. Feminists made it their stock rebuke for male insensitivity, the est movement used it for those who didn’t “get it,” and Dirty Harry applied it evenhandedly to both his officious superiors and the punks he manhandled.

The asshole has become a focus of collective fascination for us, just as the phony was for Holden Caulfield and the cad was for Anthony Trollope. From Donald Trump to Ann Coulter, from Mel Gibson to Anthony Weiner, from the reality TV prima donnas to the internet trolls and flamers, assholism has become the characteristic form of modern incivility, which implicitly expresses our deepest values about class, relationships, authenticity, and fairness. We have conflicting attitudes about the A-word––when a presidential candidate unwittingly uttered it on a live mic in 2000, it confirmed to some that he was a man of the people and to others that he was a boor. But considering how much the word does for us, and to us, it hasn’t gotten nearly the attention it deserves––at least until now.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 607 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 274 pages
  • Editeur : PublicAffairs; Édition : First Trade Paper Edition (14 août 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B008WPR2HO
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A+ for Ascent of the A Word 8 août 2012
Par Robert I. Sutton - Publié sur
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I have read this book twice in the last month, once in an advanced copy sent to me by the publisher and again this week when my Amazon copy arrived. It is so much fun to read and so well researched that I couldn't put it down. As the author of a book that is also on "the A word," publishers send me books like this constantly -- on bullying, jerks, nasty talk, you name it. This is the best of all of them. I wrote a longer review on my blog Work Matters, here an excerpt (note there is a bit of censoring as Amazon doesn't allow the full A-word in reviews.. as many people who have tried to submit reviews for my book have found):

'I admired how deftly he treated "The Politics of Incivility" in the chapter on "The A**holism of Public Life." Nunberg makes a compelling argument that critics on the right and the left both use the tactic of claiming that an opponent is rude, nasty, or indecent -- that they are acting like a**holes and ought to apologize immediately. Nunberg documents "the surge of patently phony indignation for all sides," be it calling out people for "conservative incivility" or "liberal hate." He captures much of this weird and destructive game with the little joke "Mind your manners, a**hole."'

In the name of full-disclosure, I am moderating a talk at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club by Nunberg next week. But I don't know the guy, I have never met him and I only know him from him from his radio comments. My excitement for Ascent of the A-Word was generated because, after reading so much junk of this topic, I was so impressed with this book. It is so fun, so well-written, and so important because Nunberg gets at many of the root causes of what is wrong with our society and organizations.

Robert Sutton

A note to Amazon readers: If you write a review of this book, don't spell-out the A-word or they not only won't post your review, they won't let you submit a censored one!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining and surprising -- but don't use the A-word in your review!! 9 septembre 2012
Par Kathleen Miller - Publié sur
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The reviewer at the Daily Beast said The Ascent of the A-Word was a theory of everything, and it's not that far off. I wouldn't have thought there could be that much to say about the A-Word, but it takes Nunberg from country music to the history of feminism to 1970's self-discovery movements to the nastiness of modern political commentary. It's a great read, a serious book but full of entertaining asides, some of which had me laughing out loud, such as "When you hear somebody proudly declaring himself an a____, the odds are he's not an a____, he's just a dick."

(I was just about to post another version of this review that had the a-word written out when I noticed the warning in the review above. Evidently Amazon will let the word appear in titles and editorial reviews but not customer reviews.)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Home Run in My Opinion ... 26 août 2012
Par Mark A. Johnson - Publié sur
I was browsing CITY LIGHT BOOKSTORE after a few shots at VESUVIO when I came across this little gem of a book. Both erudite and clever, this is one of the most fun reads I have had in years. Bravo!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 You'll Laugh Reading This One 5 juillet 2014
Par Thomas J. Hoehler - Publié sur
Laugh out loud funny, but sometimes uncomfortably accurate in the author's appraisal of the coarsening of our everyday speech. It doesn't pull punches, not for the faint of heart! I think you will enjoy this one. Recommended.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Sound And Fury -- 6 décembre 2013
Par Anne Mills - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Somewhat tedious and long winded, as befits a linguist discussing the A word. However, the author does have some contributions to make.
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