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Smart People


“Written with a grace and a love for people befitting a novelist. The Smart People Spooner knows are wonderfully outrageous, full of surprises, and eminently entertaining.”

No course, book or therapy can help you get ahead faster or with more fun than Smart People, John Spooner’s guide to survival in the modern world.

This book will not tell you how to help yourself.  You can’t.  Not alone.  The world has become hopelessly complicated, increasingly impersonal, impossible to manage by yourself.  The only way to survive in this jungle, says Spooner, is to surround yourself with experts—a master in every field that affects you—who will be there to help you when you need them.

Everyone has waited in line to get into a restaurant or theater—impatient and frustrated, then outraged when someone from behind breezes in without delay.  That person also gets bigger discounts from his stockbroker, Super Bowl tickets when they’re sold out, baby-sitters and plumbers at a moment’s notice, and housecalls from the family doctor.  The other guy always waits in line, gets bumped off the overbooked flight, buys clothing just before the sale, sees the fledgling associate because the prestigious doctor is tied up, and can’t get a plumber for twenty-four hours while his house begins to float.  Smart people make the difference.

Make the system work for you.  First, assemble your personal team of devoted specialists and then bind them top you with hoops of either emotional or financial steel, bearing these guiding principles in mind: use people from your past, have something to trade, and make yourself memorable.

In Smart People Spooner parades a capable and highly amusing group or experts through the morasses of law, finance, sex, medicine, and travel, conquering the overwhelming as well as the petty problems that plague us, and shows that you, too, can come out smelling like a rose.

Smart people come in categories, with Summas being those at the pinnacle of their professions.  The Lamplighters offer no tangible services, but invaluable inspiration through their advice and friendship.  The Mavens are everyday experts—doctors, lawyers, plumbers—who cut through the nonsense and get things done.  But for the really tough jobs you call in the Roughriders, the street-wise smart people who can handle almost anything in the most efficient – though not necessarily legal or ethical—possible way.

Outrageous and practical, entertaining and useful, Smart People will help you simplify and enhance your life. It’s the last self-help book you’ll ever need!

“Written with a grace and a love for people befitting a novelist. The Smart People Spooner knows are wonderfully outrageous, full of surprises, and eminently entertaining.”

The Los Angeles Times

“An unorthodox, hard-nosed, amusing guide.”

Publishers Weekly

“If you can’t dine out for weeks on his outrageous stories, then this book is too advanced for you.”

Gannett News Service