How I Beat Coca-Cola and Other Tales of One-Upmanship

Paperback | September 12, 2013

byCarl Djerassi

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Carl Djerassi crafts a shrewd collection of comedies of manners, exposing the foibles of elite tribes—business executives, chefs, scientists, professors, musicians, and other clever characters. They spar in battles of one-upmanship using class, education, gender, or prestige as their weapons, sometimes leaving damaged bystanders in their wake but sometimes finding their superiority deflated by unexpected turns of events.

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Carl Djerassi crafts a shrewd collection of comedies of manners, exposing the foibles of elite tribes—business executives, chefs, scientists, professors, musicians, and other clever characters. They spar in battles of one-upmanship using class, education, gender, or prestige as their weapons, sometimes leaving damaged bystanders in the...

Carl Djerassi (1923–2015) was the author of many novels, plays, essays, poetry, and short stories published in twenty languages. Renowned as both a writer and a scientist, he was an emeritus professor of chemistry at Stanford University and the recipient of thirty honorary doctorates as well as many international scientific honors. His...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:172 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:September 12, 2013Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299295044

ISBN - 13:9780299295042

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Table of Contents

Preface                                   
 
How I Beat Coca-Cola           
The Dacriologist                    
Castor's Dilemma                   
Sleight of Mind                      
Maskenfreiheit                       
First-Class Nun                     
Noblesse Oblige                     
The Psomophile                     
The Glyndebourne Heist                   
The Futurist               
What's Tatyana Troyanos Doing in Spartacus's Tent?                     
The Toyota Cantos

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“This was a meal which, the more I ate, the hungrier I became. . . . The stories are attitudinal and intellectual, even instructive. They bring the reader into the culture and ‘cultivated taste’ of the sophisticated, worldly, even jaunty Djerassi: upper-crust Brits, opera, food, art, money, and sex (and sex and sex). . . . These stories are sophisticated fun.”—Jeffrey I. Seeman, Chemical & Engineering News