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You're too kind : a brief history of flattery

Author: Richard Stengel
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2002]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Touchstone editionView all editions and formats
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Flattery began with chimpanzees, who groom each other all day long. In fact, flattery is an adaptive behavior that has helped us survive since prehistoric times. Flattery is strategic praise, and to illustrate its myriad forms, journalist Stengel takes us on a witty, idiosyncratic tour, from chimps to the Old Testament to the troubadour poets of the Middle Ages, all the way through Dale Carnegie and Monica Lewinsky.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Stengel
ISBN: 0684854929 9780684854922
OCLC Number: 48911199
Notes: "A Touchstone book."
Description: 315 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: You are too kind
Responsibility: Richard Stengel.

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From the primates to the ancient world all the way to Hollywood, "You're Too Kind" presents a primer on flattery--where it originated, its development through the ages, and its myriad uses in  Read more...

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Jonathan Yardley "The Washington Post" Stengel has written not merely a popular history of flattery but also a guide to its employment. Elissa Schappell "Vanity Fair" Winningly smart and ever so Read more...

 
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