10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said
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10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said

By (author) Charles Wheelan , Illustrated by Peter Steiner

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The antidote to those cotton-candy platitudes that are all too familiar to anyone who's ever worn a mortarboard, Wheelan's 101 head-turning aphorisms-backed up by a PhD in public policy and extensive social science research-set the record straight. Readers everywhere agreed, turning a Dartmouth Class Day speech that had gone viral into a best-selling book. Whether praising the time "wasted" in fraternity basements; mentioning that, frankly, the worst days of your life still lie ahead; or simply asking that graduates avoid wreaking the kind of havoc that others before them have, Wheelan softens his candid conclusions with good-natured charm and tales of unconventional success. With cartoons sprinkled throughout to keep things light, this volume makes a perfect gift for graduates of all ages.

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  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 132.08 x 175.26 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • 20 Nov 2012
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New York
  • English
  • New.
  • 0393074315
  • 9780393074314
  • 815,218

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Author Information

Charles Wheelan is the author of the internationally best-selling Naked Economics and Naked Statistics and a former correspondent for The Economist, and founder of The Centrist Party. He teaches public policy and economics at Dartmouth College and lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his family.

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"Likely to be a primary source for many a commencement speaker for some time to come ... well-stocked with valuable (and whimsical) insights."

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