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  • I Hate People! by Jonathan Littman & Marc Hershon is published by the good folks at Little, Brown in New York. The elements we've started blogging about here and a whole lot more can be found between the covers.

    Click on the Amazon link to buy or, if you want a taste, click over to Barnes & Noble and check out Chapter One for FREE!!!

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What Reviewers Are Saying

  • "In a wry, counterintuitive twist on the workplace self-help book, the authors propose to help the reader expertly identify and neutralize the 'corporate oafs' who block the path to career satisfaction and creative independence. The rejected culture of phony niceness, Littman and Hershon claim, has led the business world astray -- and only the path of 'people hating' can get things back on track."
  • "I Hate People! is a bracing antidote to the management bromide that "there is no 'i' in 'team.' True enough, Messrs. Hershon and Littman would say -- but if you move things around a bit, there is a 'me.'"
  • "It is both a self-help manual for people hoping to not only keep their jobs during the recession, but also possibly advance, as well as a taxonomy of office workers for managers, to help them make better staffing and team-building decisions. But it also is about innovation."
  • "This is the rare book that is clever and funny -- as you laugh along with Jonathan and Marc, you realize that their analysis and solutions are actually deeper and more useful than the piles of management books out there that take themselves far more seriously..."
  • "I must say that I have just finished reading the best corporate business book in my life."
  • "Amusing and filled with entertaining examples of antisocial geeks who made good..."

Audio Hate Takes

  • Radio Shows & Podcasts
    Here is the most recent appearance by Jonathan and Marc, talking about I Hate People!
  • Jon & Marc on NPR's TechNation with Moira Gunn

    Want to hear more? You can check out some of their other appearance by clicking over to the Audio Hate Takes page

  • And if you'd prefer to listen to I Hate People! rather than read it, download the Gildan Media audiobook edition, which is available for download from Audible.com.

    We even team up as your readers in this offering! Here's a sample from the audiobook...

    During the recording sessions we did for the audiobook edition of I Hate People!, we had a couple of funny outtakes that came up that we thought we'd share. Take a listen...

  • Outtake #1
  • Outtake #2

Tell Us Your Stories!

  • Got someone who gets your goat? It can be a co-worker, a boss, an employee or maybe a person on your commute that makes your blood boil and want to shout "I hate people!" Whatever your story, we'd like to read it and, if it's truly hate-worthy, we'll post it up here on the front page AND send you a free copy of "I Hate People!"

Know-It-None, Professional Edition

  • I call her the “Teflon Cell Tower”. Every day, she runs hither and yon, like a baby elephant, each meeting more critical than the next. Whatever goes in her ears at one meeting is transmitted out of her mouth at the next, regardless of it’s relationship to the subject matter. Sadly, nothing actually sticks in her brain. Or to her hands, for that matter.

    Consequently, her colleagues are tortured by the endless reiteration of known truths and obvious facts sprinkled with trite consulting buzzwords and business-speak. For her, they are profound thoughts for pressing issues. They may have been someone else's thoughts long ago,but that has no bearing here.

    If her established patter is derailed by a question or a comment, the verbal tap dancing can last for 20 minutes or more until she restores the correct broadcast frequency.

    Given what I have witnessed in the last 15 years, her future is secure – she does no real work, has no real expertise and agrees with everything.

    TCT is no longer my problem. After a long, distinguished career, I had enough FU money to liberate myself when this re-assignment was announced. I love being free from the people I hate, but I do miss hating them on a daily face-to-face basis.

    — FreeAtLast

Hate Bites

  • "I Hate People! has a lot to teach you about office life, so if you hate your job, need help producing better work in a crappy environment or just genuinely hate people, then this book is for you. In fact, I’m going to read it again. Why? Because I hate people that much."
  • "Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon have created a masterpiece of office human relations."
    Carpe Factum
  • "Carol over at Carol’s Notebook has a copy of I Hate People. This awesomely titled book was written by Marc Hershon and Jonathan Littman, and it’ll teach you how to be …. me."

    West of Mars blog

  • "I wanted you to know it is one of the best promotional packages I've ever received. I spent 20 years in the music business, including running Disney's Hollywood Records, and over the years put together thousands of promo packages with the goal of making them stand out. The "I Hate People" package puts pretty much everything I've done to shame. Outstanding!"

    Reviewer (name withheld)

  • "Your book on hating people is hilarious; I had no idea I'd inspired you so much, so negatively."

    — Internet Executive

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    My way of dealing is very simple. I'm Atheist and don't participate in Consumermas. I let people at the office know I don't celebrate because of my 'religion'. Living in the deep south I avoid saying I'm an Atheist, but there are enough Jehovah Witnesses around that people don't question. I keep my headphones on, my favorite music or educational lectures going, and just smile politely at the ugly xmas sweaters, ties, and kitschy decorations.

    As for avoiding everything else, I make sure to stock up on everything I will need for at least a couple of months by Halloween. I then avoid all stores except the grocers until after the first of the year. I only make quick trips to the grocers every other week to pick up additional perishables. This way I'm exposed to as little 'holiday cheer' as possible. I don't own a TV so I'm not harassed at home with holiday shopping ads or special programs.

    From Halloween to the first of January, I'm essentially persona non grata.


    My department has an extremely stupid tradition of buying gift cards for each other to exchange for Secret Santa. The limit is $10. So, essentially we're exchanging $10 bills in the form of a particular store. This year I am going to suggest that we cut out the middle man and each person buy a gift card for themselves (or not).


    Hard economic times and fears of job loss have put a great big damper on the fake jollies around my office. Still, the time-honored tradition of the white elephant lives on. For me it all works out: wrap up what I received last year and put it on the pile. I am currently outfitting my cave by covering the walls with historic photos that get my brain going while leaving no room for holly or mistletoe. This strategy has also sparked ideas for my current Division X project!


    My last company gave out $100 gift cards to Target after the elaborate Christmas party at a swanky restaurant - for corporate employees.

    The workers at the plant just a couple miles away making minimum wage weren't so lucky - even though there were fewer of them and that $100 would have been appreciated far more.

    I had just moved to the corporate office and the whole spirit of the thing just felt unkind. So I stopped off at my local firehouse on the way home from the excruciating but mandatory Christmas party and gave the gift card to the guy collecting for Toys for Tots.

    I felt a lot less dirty after dropping it off. I felt even better when I left the company a couple months later and now work for people who have functioning souls.

    Jonathan Littman

    What great ideas! Pre Halloween stockpiling is brilliant. There is also something so Soloist about making November be your fall Cave Cleaning, to start by pinning up photos or images to inspire you work through the winter months. What a positive way of countering the Xmass kitch!


    This is a busy time of the year for my current employer. Everyone is either working hard or taking time off.

    At previous companies, I would some of the following: Forget to sign-up for the secret santa exchange (oops! what would I ever do if my head was not attached.).

    I would schedule meetings in conference rooms. The only attendees would be me and my laptop. If anyone asks about the meeting; I just told that I was sucked into some pointless project like reviewing general ledger codes.

    I do most of my holiday shopping online. If I was at my desk during a big surge of holiday cheer, I would switch over to holiday shopping. I could be productive while slacking on the job.

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    Author Appearances

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      Jonathan and Marc were at Kepler's Bookstore in Menlo Park, CA.

      Jonathan and Marc woke up early enough one recent morning to make it on CNBC's Squawk Box. Check it out!

      Marc paid a visit to CNN's American Morning show. Here's how it went:

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      Watch the authors try to bring the Hate to Venice Beach in California:

      The authors find hate on the mean streets of New York:

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    • Here's some of the blogs where you can find excerpts and mentions of I Hate People!, as well as some original pieces we're writing.

      This should be under Twitteriffic but we don't have a section called that: a big thanks to Jerret Turner over at DMO Planner for proclaiming to the Twitterverse that IHP! is his favorite book in the last 10 years!; a tip o' the mouse to TJ McCue and his coverage of our Cubicle Evacuation Plan sign over on the shiftboard blog; thanks to a Twitter connection made recently with Paige Presley, we got to see her delightful review of our book; neat to see our book featured over on The Daily MBA, the brains behind which sent me a DM tweet saying he found it "Well written, funny and spot on."

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      If we like your take, we'll proclaim you one of our official Hate Mates and post your story here. Hate Mates will receive our "Trying To Be Productive" Pack, an autographed book and as many I Hate People! "Stay Out of My Cube!", "Do Not Disturb!" signs and bookmarks as you need to pass around the office to make your point.
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    The Ten Least Wanted

    • In our book, we’ve selected and analyzed the ten most troublesome types of people, then fired out techniques for going over, under or through them. Such as Liar Liar, whose falsehoods can steer your career off course in no time flat:

      Click that little guy to jump over to our handy online guide to help spot the Ten Least Wanted in your office, featuring some of their common phrases...

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    • What's the philosophy of our blog? It's about having the boldness to create the attitude, space and time you need to stretch your career and expand your life. Taking that critical step toward becoming one of those happy souls who deftly works alone or collaborate with just a handful of other talented people…while artfully deflecting all the rest. Because while you can't change the people you hate -- you can stop them from dragging you down.

      As we break out your revealing first person accounts and surprising news and studies -- all in the context of our effective strategies for artful hating -- you'll discover that you're learning a kind of martial arts approach to coping with problem people. We're bringing the power of redirecting and avoiding the emotional blows dished out by bosses, co-workers and competitors. While you may need a lot of these people to get through your day, your career and your life...nobody said you have to like them.

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