Phony!: How I Faked My Way Through Life

2.68 avg rating
( 19 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781591026556: Phony!: How I Faked My Way Through Life
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

In 1998, Andrea Stanfield told a lie that became the foundation of her professional life. In an interview with the accounting department of a Florida engineering firm, she claimed, verbally and on paper, that she held a bachelors degree in business from a large midwestern university. In fact she had only a high school diploma. Through sheer moxie and impressive interviewing skills, she got the job, and eventually this lie became the steppingstone for a very successful professional life.

This is the story of a liar, not a born liar but someone who as a young person full of ambition started taking shortcuts and realized she could get away with it. Blessed with native intelligence and the ability to think quickly on her feet, Andrea navigated her way through professional management circles and a series of salary increases. When the opportunity to move to another company arose, she took the chance of being caught and interviewed again. Faced with a background check, she compounded her previous deceptions by arranging for a very realistic but fake diploma. Once again, the lie worked and she went on to succeed in her new company as never before.

Eventually, the girl with the high school diploma ended up as the manager of the two largest financial districts in the firm. Still in her early thirties, she oversaw twenty offices and forty employees, traveled frequently, became an adept public speaker and regional trainer, and was singled out for her leadership talent.

In the end, the guilt of living under false pretenses took its toll. Part of her job involved advising employees in annual reviews to go back to school to advance their careers. How could she just "look people in the eye and lie"? What would she tell her growing daughter someday about the secret of her success?

Part confessional, part morality play, this intriguing autobiographical tale of a "white lie" that snowballs into an avalanche is a warning to personnel managers, employers, and employees that people are not always all that they seem.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Andrea Stanfield (St. Petersburg, FL) is now a certified dog trainer. Her previous positions included business manager and district administrative manager for two engineering firms.

From Publishers Weekly:

Ten years ago, at the age of 25, first-time author Stanfield was involved in a bitter custody battle with her ex. Although an experienced bookkeeper, she lacked a college degree and couldn't make enough money to support her daughter and her lawyer. And so, by fudging her resume with a nonexistent business administration degree, Stanfield founded an improbably successful managerial career on a lie. After struggling to make money on commission as a stockbroker, she lands a Business Manager position in the accounting department of an engineering firm, and eventually climbs her way to "success, respect, and moolah," not to mention a 300-person staff. Unfortunately, Stanfield was so used to "faking it," she couldn't stop even for "making it." Already suffering from anxiety attacks, Stanfield's situation goes from bad to worse when her boss is discovered to have swindled $50 million from the company, and all the employees come under close scrutiny. Unfortunately, Stanfield's plunge to the bottom, "overwhelmed with guilt, humiliation and regret," and climb back to a happy medium-she's now a happy dog trainer-make a somewhat overblown addition to the confessional memoir genre.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Stanfield, Andrea
Published by Prometheus Books
ISBN 10: 1591026555 ISBN 13: 9781591026556
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Gulf Coast Books
(Memphis, TN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Prometheus Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1591026555 Ships from Tennessee, usually the same or next day. Seller Inventory # Z1591026555ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.17
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Stanfield, Andrea
Published by Prometheus Books (2008)
ISBN 10: 1591026555 ISBN 13: 9781591026556
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Integrity Books Corp.
(Mayfield Heights, OH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Prometheus Books, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # mon0000017945

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.09
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Andrea Stanfield
Published by Prometheus Books (2008)
ISBN 10: 1591026555 ISBN 13: 9781591026556
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Prometheus Books, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1591026555

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.77
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Andrea Stanfield
Published by Prometheus Books (2008)
ISBN 10: 1591026555 ISBN 13: 9781591026556
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Prometheus Books, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1591026555

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.52
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Stanfield, Andrea
Published by Prometheus Books (2008)
ISBN 10: 1591026555 ISBN 13: 9781591026556
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Prometheus Books, 2008. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 218 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.50 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk1591026555

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 33.85
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.80
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds