The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead

The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead

The Dos and Don'ts of Clear Writing, Tough Thinking, Right Behavior, and Living A Good Life

eBook - 2014 | Unabridged
Average Rating:
Rate this:
In the bestselling tradition of Eats, Shoot and Leaves, a gently curmudgeonly but invaluable guide to the dos and don'ts of the workplace. Bestselling social historian Charles Murray has written a delightfully fussy -- and entertaining -- book on the hidden rules of the road in the workplace, and in life, from the standpoint of an admonishing, but encouraging, workplace grouch and taskmaster. Why the curmudgeon' The fact is, most older, more senior people over us in the workplace are closet curmudgeons. In today's politically correct world, they may hide their displeasure over your misuse of grammar, or your overly familiar use of their first name without an express invitation. But don't be fooled by their pleasant demeanor. Underneath, they are judging and evaluating your every move and utterance. And in most cases, if you want to advance in your career, it is their approval that you need to win. In the course of this pithy and powerful book, Murray tells us the proper etiquette for email, how to stop using such overused and fuzzy phrases as "reaching out" and "sharing", his thoughts on piercings and tattoos and proper dress, the importance of rigor in language and good writing, why being judgmental is good, and other curmudgeonly pieces of wisdom and advice. He suggests how to stand out at work (work long hours when you are young and unencumbered by family and other obligations), when to use strong language and when to avoid it, and offers a bare-bones usage primer on how to avoid confusing words like "advice" and "advise," which look or sound similar, but have distinct meanings. Written with both verve and reserve, and drawing on the core values that have historically made good manners the best lubricant to social and professional advancement, The Curmudgeon's Guide is an invaluable resource for anyone hoping to land the job of their dreams, or get ahead in their career of choice.
Publisher: New York : Crown Business, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780804141451
Characteristics: 1 online resource


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jun 02, 2017

This is actually a very handy book filled with useful tips for twentysomethings- if you read it with an open mind you'll find yourself ahead by a mile in the workplace environment. There are also a lot of thirty and fortysomethings who could benefit from the insights in this book.
It's a short, concise read.

Aug 02, 2014

Interesting little book that covers a wide rang of topics. Elements of style by William Strunk.

Jun 17, 2014

Honestly, I was expecting something more profound from the revered Charles Murray. The Curmudgeon's Guide is okay—more than okay if you're a level-headed twenty-something with a sense of adventure and gracious enough to heed advice from someone who's been there done that, albeit nearly a half century ago. It's a guide every bit as curmudgeon-y as it is wise.

This is the umpteenth how-to/self-help book I've read, and although I dearly love the genre I now wonder how much of it is superfluous. A resourceful individual doesn't succeed by following advice, but instead by building a framework of living, pieced together from experience. And yes, learning from others is a form of experience. All I'm saying is that the more likely you are to benefit from self-help books, the less likely you are to need them.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Subject Headings


Find it at RPL

To Top