You’re not just imagining it: People are getting more and more rude – from cutting in line, gabbing on their phones and clipping their nails on public transportation, to hurling epithets on Twitter and in real life (including a certain President who does both). And the worst part is that it’s contagious, leading reasonably courteous people to stoop to new lows in order to respond to the ever-coarsening encounters we face every day.
In this engaging and illuminating new book, bestselling author and all-around curious guy Danny Wallace looks at the reasons behind the rudeness, and what we can do to stop it. His quest to stop the madness includes interviews with neuroscientists, psychologists, NASA scientists, politicians, and other experts. He joins a Radical Honesty group, talks to LA drivers about road rage, and confronts his own online troll in a pub–all to better understand the scourge that’s turning normal people into bullies, tantruming toddlers, trolls, and other types of everyday monsters.
Want to be part of the solution? Let Danny Wallace be your smart and funny guide.
This book had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion as I read out excerpts to my family. As well as laughing, I was shocked to learn that rudeness is like a quickly spreading virus. That if someone is rude to anyone in the medical profession, there is the potential for wrong diagnosis and even fatalities!! I also discovered what makes me so angry whenever I get behind the wheel of my car and why rich people feel that they can be rude to anybody at any time. Oh and how a certain type of rudeness can get you a pay rise if you’re a man but not if you’re a woman!!
There’s so much more I could tell you but that would ruin this fab book for you.
Thanks so much to Chloe Rose at Ebury Press for providing me with a copy of the book.