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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2001
|Dimensions: 8 X 5 (inches)|
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Our flattery is strategic praise, and to illustrate its myriad forms, Richard Stengel takes us on a witty, idiosyncratic tour, from chimps to the God of the Old Testament to the troubadour poets of the Middle Ages, all the way through Dale Carnegie and Monica Lewinsky's adoring love letters to her "Big Creep."
Flattery thrives in hierarchical settings like royal courts or Fortune 500 boardrooms, and it flows both upward and downward. Downward is usually easier, but studies show it works best on those who already have high opinions of themselves.
Stengel sees public flattery as an epidemic in our society, and private praise as being all too scarce. Most often, though, flattery these days is just a harmless deception, a victimless crime that often ends up making both the giver and the receiver feel a little better. In short, flattery works.
Jonathan Yardley The Washington Post Stengel has written not merely a popular history of flattery but also a guide to its employment.
The Washington Post
Stengel has written not merely a popular history of flattery but also a guide to its employment.