10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever SaidHardback
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- Publisher: WW Norton & Co
- Format: Hardback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 175mm x 15mm | 204g
- Publication date: 20 November 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0393074315
- ISBN 13: 9780393074314
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 809,124
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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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.
"Likely to be a primary source for many a commencement speaker for some time to come ... well-stocked with valuable (and whimsical) insights."