How to Ruin Your Life is a powerful self-help tool in the form of a work of humor. It is sardonic advice, presented tongue in cheek, explaining how people can "ruin" their lives. The essays cover topics such as "Convince Yourself That You're All That Matters", "Think the Worst of Everyone", "Pour Salt on Those Wounds", and "You Can Change People". Seriously, though, to anyone who hears this book, it is an earnest warning about falling into traps of self-destructive behavior that can ruin any man or woman's life. More than that, it comprises 35 steps that provide a road map to making life work in the most effective way possible. It is humor and self-help all in one, delivered by Ben Stein, a man who has witnessed more than his share of people who did ruin their lives, as well as those whose lives have been wildly successful.
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This book would more appropriately be called a pamphlet. It's very short--especially for $5. Mr. Stein makes many excellent points and I agree that it should be required reading for teens. But, just buy the book. At least you can lend it to several people to get your money's worth.
Due to the great reviews on here I bought this book. However, I found it to be repetitive and badly presented with the authors monotonous voice. It's painful to listen to.
I love Ben!
Read with his pitch-perfect delivery as well. Only an iconoclast like Ben could offer an entire book of sarcastic inside-out advice. Stein for President!