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New Book's Title Comes From Paul Newman Movie

Failure To Communicate

by Michael N. Marcus


Milford CT... Paul Newman was nominated for an Oscar for his title role as a rebellious prisoner on a southern chain gang in the acclaimed 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke.  Luke frustrated the sadistic warden who was puzzled and amused by Luke’s obstinacy and willingness to accept punishment, which could’ve been avoided by following rules.

A phrase used by the warden, which begins with “
What we’ve got here is failure to communicate,” was ranked as Number 11 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 most memorable movie lines. It has become part of American culture, a source of homage in movies, television, music―and this book’s title.

Bestselling author Michael N. Marcus is a skilled observer and analyst of both failed and successful communication in many fields including politics, business, law, technology, advertising, real estate, religion, romance, signage, food and even music.


This informative, important and entertaining book recounts some of the worst failures to communicate that led to disappointments, disagreements, divorce and military escalation—and provides vital advice for avoiding trouble.

Marcus says: "This book is not intended to be classic literature or a scholarly analytical treatise. It’s very personal, based on what I’ve observed and analyzed over a lifetime. I’ve learned a lot about good and bad communication, and want to pass it on―with some laughs."

Failure to Communicate quickly became a bestseller on It is available as both a paperback and a Kindle ebook from booksellers worldwide. The Kindle ebook can be read on a phone, iPad or other tablet, PC or Mac. You don't need a Kindle e-reader to read it.


176 pages

paperback: $14.95

ebook: $9.99

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The Kindle ebook can be read on a phone, iPad or other tablet, PC or Mac.

You don't need a Kindle e-reader to read it.

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9988835-4-0

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