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Worthless is the single most important book young men and women can read before they attend college. While teachers, guidance counselors and even parents are afraid to tell you the truth in an effort to spare your feelings, Worthless delivers a blunt and real-world assessment about the economic realities and consequences of choosing various degrees with a necessary and tough fatherly love. Don't lie to yourself. And certainly don't waste four years of your youth and thousands of dollars in tuition on a worthless degree. Buy this audiobook and understand why it is important you choose the right major. The book itself could be the wisest investment you ever make.

©2011 Aaron Clarey (P)2011 Aaron Clarey

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Terrible

You could write an entire book about the things that are either ridiculous or just slt out wrong in this writing. The whole thing could be summarized with "study engineering or actuarial sciece".
The author uses a simplistic and, quite frankly, stupid approach to any field of study that is not STEM, with ignorant comparisons and arrogant preconceptions about the people who study other areas. You can find gems like "why study English if you already speak English" or "If you want to learn about politics just listen to the radio", to name a few. He seems to think that books about certain topics appear from thin air or that philosophy is nothing more than Plato, because in
his view, studying phiosophy is ridiculous becuase "you can just read a book about it".
Overall, this is not worth your time. There are a few valid points on certain courses, like women studies who are in my opinion useless by themselves, and it wouldn't be that bad if he just limited himself to pointing out that different carreers have different salaries. But no; he goes on and on disrespecting entire fields of study, unfortunately acting like the steriotipical engineer, not undestanding how knowledge works, feeding a horrible prejudice existing in academia. He starts to sound more like a butthurt right-wing youtuber by the time you're about half way done with the book, than like a persona with an iQ of 141 (something hard to believe, to be honest).
And I fee that I should mention that I'm not a student of political science or anthropology. I haven't studied communication or enviromental science. I, in fact, study a discipline that he considers "worthy". I only bring this up to show that I'm not personally offended by what he says, but I respect my fellow students and, hopefully, future collegues in the social science enough to actually inform myself about their fields, and understand how important they are to society.

In summary, don't waste money on this. I hope I made myself clear. English is not my first language, so I'm sorry if it was hard to read.

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Societal Matrix

You know.. I know this Degree doesn't exist. I know when I put it in my Brain; the Matrix is telling my brain that it is worthwhile, and fulfilling. After nine years.. you know what I realize? Ignorance is bliss.

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Essential for High School Students

There is a lot that can be said about this book, but it’s indeed great and straight to the point. Give this to your friends or high school children or even beginning college students! This book is not PC, but if it were it would be a pointless, mindless read. Think for yourself, and major in a worth while degree while you are at it. Don’t major in something people don’t want like Gender studies or Philosophy. You can do those things without a degree. Don’t throw yourself into indoctrination and debt instead of going into a trade. Be smart. Be worth it.

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Must read for every highschool and college student

Gives another perspective on what to major in. Shows how colleges lie and how manipulate you.

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Interesting

While I enjoyed learning this author's point of view and I appreciate the many good and helpful points he makes, I wondered if he is aware that some people are not able to do STEM majors/careers no matter how much they want to and are more than willing to give it all they have. That darn bell curve! Most mere mortals fall under the bell and aren't blessed with the ability to do the high levels of math or have the much needed high-level visual spatial skills, for example that are fundamentally important in most, if not all areas of engineering. I have known people that dropped engineering because they were sinking- they were out of their league. Yes, I know some who could have done it and didn't and later wish they had. So the author is correct about some people. But not all- probably not even most. The author doesn't seem to address aptitude, and like it or not, we must live and work with that frustrating reality! I know a couple people that BARELY got through math and comp. sci. majors. They thought it was a great achievement that they hung in there. However, not surprisingly, neither are working in their respective fields. Aptitude must be realistically considered.

In general, I did enjoy and learn from this book. Thanks to the author and audible.

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Very Enlightened

Wow. Very, very enlightened! Thank God I found this book BEFORE I went to college. I was struggling to figure out where and what I should do and major for but this book has helped me more than any of my teachers and guidance counselors ever did within my 4 years of high school. I'd recommend every high school student just to give it a listen. It's definitely worth it.

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Loved your balls. This is what I wish I read as a sophomore in highschool.

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Great!!

Fantastic! Loved the not necessarily politically correct content! Someone had to tell the truth!!! Both of my kids are gonna read it!

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Indispensable

This is THE guide for your loved ones entering college and, subsequently, the real world. I bought this having already experienced the dishonesty and lies of parents and teachers about degrees and the work force. However, I still found it immensely entertaining. It's sweet revenge to see someone cutting through the fog. The narration is done expertly as well, and Aurini does great deadpan.

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  • Mossias
  • 07-25-18

A warm insightful cynical warning

This book hasn''t changed my mind, because my mind was already changed by a friend who referred me to this book, however, it did strengthen my newly claimed opinions on higher education.
This book is a must to any 17-21 year olds who consider college.
This book, quite literally, could change their lives.

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  • Jeremy Hall
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Top Reading !

Great book ! Loads of common sense here ! Years of experience condensed into hours.