Review: Good Advice from Bad People by Zac Bissonnette

April 29, 2015 2015 Review Challenge, Book Review, Non- Fiction, paperback 0 ★★★½

Review: Good Advice from Bad People by Zac Bissonnette three-half-stars
Good Advice from Bad People: by Zac Bissonnette
Published by Portfolio on April 29, 2014
Genres: Comedy, Nonfiction
Pages: 196
Format: Paperback
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The world is full of people telling you how to live your life. Sometimes the advice-givers fall ever-so-slightly short themselves.

Bestselling author Zac Bissonnette has gathered more than seventy-five jaw-dropping gems, including risk-management advice from the man who triggered the world’s largest hedge fund collapse and tips from gay-prostitute-patronizing pastor Ted Haggard on how to build a marriage that lasts a lifetime. The result will keep you smiling while you glean all the wisdom you need to build the life you want . . . if only you can follow it better than the people who gave it.

• “When you know what you are talking about, others will follow you, because it’s safe to follow you.” —Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld, 2006

• “I think the most important thing is restore a sense of idealism and end the cynicism.” —future Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, 2002

• “The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuse, that’s the day you start to the top.” —O.J. Simpson, 1975

This was fun and (very) quick but not really my cup of tea.

Good Advice from Bad People looks like [the reader] is going to get a conversation about the advice given by “bad” people and how to utilize the advice without falling into the pitholes that the “bad” people fell into.

That’s what it looks like. In reality, Good Advice from Bad People is a little book full of gossip. It’s just gossip written in a humorous manner with the main topic being “hypocrite” as the book shows that each “bad” person was (is) a hypocrite.

Good Advice from Bad People is broken down into an introduction, six sections and a conclusion:

Introduction: Where Shall Wisdom be Found?
Part One: Money Secrets (E.G. The People Who Wrote these Books have No Money)
Part Two: Integrity!
Part Three: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Leadership
Part Four: Time Well Spent and a Life Well Lived
Part Five: Relationships: Till Death (or Domestic Violence or Crystal Meth and Gay Hookers) Do Us Part
Part Six: Keep the Faith (Out of Wedlock), Baby
Conclusion: Who is the Next Good Advisor to be Exposed as a Bad Person?

Each section has a quote from the book of the “bad” person in question (occasionally with a pic) and then a little synopsis of who the person is and what hypocritical thing they had done. Most of the people discussed in Good Advice from Bad People really broke faith with others (and the law) – there’s a lot of jail time listed in this book – but a good deal of the other people just had a bad day, acted out (of character?) and/or proved that life can fuck up even the best of intentions. The BEST example of this is the section on Victoria Osteen, wife of mega-preacher/televangelist Joel Osteen. She was listed because she had a shitfit/major attitude while on a plane and was kicked off the plane (along with her family). I don’t know Victoria Osteen BUT I know that one act like that does not a bad person make.

Other (random) people discussed in Good Advice from Bad People include:

Lou Pearlman – creator of boy bands such as N*Sync
The Beardstown Ladies – Investment advice
Dear Abby & Ann Landers – Advice Columists
Jim Jones – Religious Leader
Jonah Lehrer – Author, journalist & blogger

As mentioned previously, Good Advice from Bad People was a very quick and fun read but I didn’t give it 5 stars because it’s just compilation of gossip. Funny and/or ironic gossip but gossip nonetheless.

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