How to Make Friends and Oppress People

I just checked out this book from the library. The primary title is misleading, you’d think it was penned by some jacka– CEO on how to claw your way up to the top, secure yourself $20 million salary bonus package while earning acclaim from shareholders for cost-cutting measures by laying off 1,000 employees (average per annum income $35K plus a Thanksgiving Butterball). . .

Instead it was the secondary title “Classic Travel Advice for the Gentleman Adventurer” which is what made me pick it up. (In the UK, it was published orginally as “The Lost Art of Travel”)It’s satire, but with lots of quotes from actual travel books written by dead white men in the late 19th/early 20th centuries (no, they wrote while they were alive.) It’s even got those Victorian looking black and white engraved drawings So far, it’s pretty entertaining. And I learnt some historical trivia too: “Taking personal staff [i.e.a valet or lady’s maid] is slightly more problematical these days, as cut-price tickets for servants no longer seem to be the railway policy.”

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