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The Book of Horrible Questions: Everyone Has a Price, What's Yours?

1 rating: 3.0
A book by Smith

The authors of the bestselling "What Men Don't Want Women to Know" dare readers to consider the depths to which they would sink in pursuit of personal gain. 5 photos.

Author: Smith
Genre: Humor, Self-Help, Religion, Reference
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Date Published: June 01, 1999
1 review about The Book of Horrible Questions: Everyone...

What would YOU do for wealth, health, and eternal life?

  • Aug 10, 2009
Pros: Engrossing, though provoking questions, allows one to delve deep into their psyche

Cons: Many questions are disturbing or gross, some visuals are pretty sick

The Bottom Line: The Book of Horrible Questions: Everyone Has a Price. What's Yours? will get you thinking. Hundreds of questions to ponder. Beware, many are violent or sadistic in nature!

I’m up in the mountains attempting that elusive “relaxation thing”. I picked up several humorous and “quick read” books a while ago and brought a couple of them with me. The one I am reading now, The Book of Horrible Questions: Everyone Has a Price. What's Yours? by Smith and Doe, is an eye opener although I can’t say that’s it humorous really or all that “light”.

This paperback book, published in 1999, is 142 pages of thought provoking questions that brought about some eye opening revelations about myself and my family whom I asked some of the questions to.

Essentially, this is a book about greed and selfishness. What are you willing to do for money? For eternal life? For fame? For a million dollars, would you toss a litter of puppies or kittens into a trash compactor then send a picture of yourself and the byproduct to the newspaper? What would you do if you could live forever healthfully but your parents had to die painfully at age 55?  You have $100,000 total. You could heal every dying person in every hospital in the world just by writing a check for $98,000. Would you?

There are loads of such questions in this book followed up by the percentages of 813 people who truthfully answered the questions. The book is divided into sections such as Torture (Most questions deal with whether you would endue pain yourself or inflict it on someone close to you), Food (The sicker the stuff you’re willing to eat, the more money you get. How far would you go for cash?), Priorities (Usually deals with whether you would choose good will for yourself or for strangers) and so on. At the end of each set of questions is a list of the percentage of the 813 random people that answered each question a certain way.

I sure learned a lot about myself and my kids! The questions are at times thoughtful, other times shocking, sometimes gross, and a few are just plain silly. But the bottom line is, what would YOU do to get the things you want most: money, health, eternal (or very long) life, and fame. Also, are you selfless or selfish? Would  you rather take care of yourself first or put others ahead of yourself? For instance, one questions asks whether you would rather guarantee that you live a long, healthy life or save 10,000 strangers from a tortuous death. For some, the answer would be easy. For others, not so much.

Although this book was published in 1999, very few questions are dated. There are a few names that pop up, like Saddam Hussein, who obviously is no longer with us but it’s easy to swap a new enemy’s name and make the question relevant.

I actually became engrossed in the book although there is very little commentary. It’s a series of really out there questions that, at first glance, should be easy to answer but aren’t always easy at all. As the authors say, no one will ever know what you REALLY think so you can dare to be honest with yourself and not quickly answer the question in the way that you feel is most selfless or politically correct.

My husband only would answer one and then refused to even listen to any others because they were questions that could never possibly happen so he didn’t want to waste his time. Or maybe he didn’t want to face himself and actually think about what he would do if the actual situations were upon him.

I would say that these questions are good for group settings but the group would have to be super honest and not easily offended or disgusted and that’s a hard group to find! Read the book alone and delve deep inside your heart. You may learn a few things about yourself that you can be proud of - or some things that you may want to reflect upon. I know I have pondered why I answered certain questions the way I did. Seeing what percentage of the people polled for this book answered the way I did was interesting as well. I tended to be similar to the majority in many ways and very dissimilar in others. Another thing top ponder!

At any rate, The Book of Horrible Questions: Everyone Has a Price. What's Yours? is a crazy read. At times, the questions elicit a chuckle but most times, they are cringe inducing, asking things that never popped into my head before and I hope never do again. Still, it’s amazingly interesting to read and very thought provoking if you allow yourself to delve into your answers. Remember, no one has to know what you really think!

Buying Info

The Book of Horrible Questions: Everyone Has a Price. What's Yours? is available on the internet on some cut rate book sites and is available offline here and there. It’s 10 years old so it’s not super easy to find but I got my copy at a traditional book website for just a couple of bucks.


I certainly didn’t expect to be pondering whether I would save 10,000 strangers from a plane wreck or save my sibling from a terminal illness while on vacation but here I am doing just that. This book is hard to read yet hard to put down. Though 10 years old, just about every question in this book is relevant today. How you see yourself and the world, how you feel about strangers compared to those you are close to and what you would do when faced with choices that could alter the world or just you are always going to be relevant to a reader.

I enjoyed this book in a strange, almost twisted way. I just wish those with me would answer the questions I ask from the book. No one will cooperate! I can’t say that I blame them considering the subject matter. 4 stars. If you see this book around, give it a peek. You may become as absorbed in it as I have been.


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