You're Too Kind by Richard Stengel
A Brief History of Flattery

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A history of flattery, showing it to be an art form well worth studying. Ranging from the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt, an outrageous form of physical self-flattery to the publication of "How To Win Friends and Influence People". It looks at flattery during the Renaissance and President Clinton on the opening day of his impeachment inquiry: "I trust the American people. They almost always get it right".

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Richard Stengel was most recently a senior editor at Time and has contributed to The New Yorker, The New Republic, GQ, and He is the author of January Sun, a book about life in a small South African town, and he collaborated with Nelson Mandela on Long Walk to Freedom. Stengel lives in New York City with his wife and son. VISIT THE AUTHOR'S WEB SITE AT
Published June 8, 2000 by Simon & Schuster. 320 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Science & Math, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Aristophanes becomes Stengel’s early critic of demagoguery and its accompanying abuse of flattery, but the highly stratified Roman society of late antiquity only elevates this toadyism (and Stengel reproduces Plutarch’s guide for spotting apple-polishers).

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