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***Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel

by Scott Adams

Reviewed November 21, 2002.
HarperBusiness, New York, 2002.  350 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (818 ADA).

When I told my family that I had brought a new Dilbert book home from the library, there was a mad dash to see who could claim it first.  If you’re a Dilbert fan, you probably don’t need to be told that there’s a new book out.

This new book expounds on Scott Adams new, simplified theory:  People are weasels.  He presents numerous examples of weasel behavior in all aspects of life.  There are also many bits of advice on how to out-weasel the weasels.

Yes, it is all extremely cynical.  Alas!  It is also very funny.  I couldn’t read this one in large doses, but taken in small bits, I’m afraid I did enjoy the book.

I do feel that, as a book reviewer, I need to take the torch passed by Scott Adams and point out how delightful it is that I can write about a book in which the author writes about people who write about themselves.  No original idea is required on my part at all.

I did have strong doubts about my wisdom in letting my eight-year-old son read it.  These came to a head when I let him stay home from school one day and he turned out to have completely recovered from the illness that had made him miserable the day before (at school).  When I suggested that he had gotten away with something, he smiled and said, “That’s the weasel way!”  When I threatened to never let him read another Dilbert book or comic, he assured me that he was only joking, that he knows that really you shouldn’t live like a weasel. 

I sincerely hope that’s true.

Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

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