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Damage Control: How to Tiptoe Away from the Smoking Wreckage of your Latest Screw-Up with a Minimum of Harm to Your Reputation [Hardcover]

David Eddie , Pat Lynch
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March 16 2010
A straight-shooting, hilarious and off-beat guide from the author of the Globe's most highly trafficked column in the Life section. This is Ann Landers with tattoos, beer shooters, and just a bit of swearing.

David Eddie is so infamous for sticking his foot in his mouth that he's dubbed himself "Faux Pas-Varotti". Every social outing seems to result in some form of mortification for all concerned. Having screwed up countless times and come through it all with dignity intact, a loving family, a lovely wife, and an excellent career, he's the perfect guy to give advice on learning from, and making the best of, a seemingly devastating screw-up. Building on his enormously popular advice column in the Globe and Mail's Life section, Eddie provides simple rules for recovery, applicable to your latest office gaffe or party blunder. Reading Damage Control is like meeting a good, old friend for a drink when you have a problem — a friend you sought out because in all likelihood he has screwed up worse than you and has a great story about it, and because he'll give you honest feedback and practical suggestions. And because he makes you laugh harder than anyone else you know.

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"Eddie manages to combine direct, no-nonsense advice with an irreverent tone and winding, self-deprecating anecdotes from his life. . . . there's nothing a person can do . . . that can't become an opportunity for learning and betterment." 
— Publishers Weekly

About the Author

David Eddie has written two previous books: Chump Change, a novel, and Housebroken: Confessions of a Stay-at- Home Dad. He co-authors with Pat Lynch the advice column, also called Damage Control, in the Globe and Mail's Life Section.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun reading. April 17 2014
By Liz
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Very well written, full of good advise for 'home and the office'.

I like it a lot and so did my friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Bookish Thoughts... Dec 29 2013
By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER
Those who regularly read David Eddie's column, "Damage Control," in The Globe and Mail will doubtlessly recognize the author's wit and candour in his new book by the same name. Unfortunately, they may find the book too familiar as it basically reads like a compilation of highlights from the column with biographical information interspersed.

Regardless, Eddie writes with a big heart and takes astonishing risks when offering advice. With honesty and wisdom, he offers a smorgasbord of resolutions to sticky problems relating to relationships, careers and marriage. A fun and high-quality social reference from a thoughtfully irreverent, learned father of three.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A choice pick for anyone who freaks out over their real or imagined status as a screw up June 14 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
When disaster happens, what you do next decides if it's a footnote or a great calamity. "Damage Control: How to Tiptoe Away from the Smoking Wreckage of Your Latest Screw-Up With a Minimum of Harm to Your Reputation" is a guide to making the least out of the worst. David Eddie writes that no one is perfect, and the difference between a perennial screw up and someone who isn't is how one responds to said screw ups. "Damage Control" is a choice pick for anyone who freaks out over their real or imagined status as a screw up.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book with a Big Heart March 29 2010
By Mr. Andrew Livingston - Published on Amazon.com
I'll confess right away that I have been a big David Eddie fan since the publication of his first novel, Chump Change, some time ago. That being said, there is much to Love here for the uninitiated.
Mr. Eddie writes with a Big Heart, takes astonishing risks, and offers up a smorgasbord of sound advice for sticky situations. In particular, he steers his readers through Big Topics such as Relationships, Careers,
and Marriage with both honesty and wisdom. I was reminded of another classic in its field, Charles Baker's The Gentlemen's Companion: Around the World with Jigger, Beaker and Flask, in terms of the quality of prose and the sheer damn fun of the thing. This book should be an instant classic if the world is ready for a an erudite, 6'5", tattooed, father-of-three, modern advice columnist. Let's hope it is - there's much on offer here.
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