Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review: Machiavelli on Business: Strategies, Advice, and Words of Wisdom on Business and Power

Machiavelli on Business: Strategies, Advice, and Words of Wisdom on Business and Power Machiavelli on Business: Strategies, Advice, and Words of Wisdom on Business and Power by Stephen Brennan
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Reads like an analysis of Nostradamus' predictions, i.e. everything is open to interpretation. Unfortunately, the so-called "analyses" are often shorter than the excerpts from the original works, making this book appear like a poorly thought-out hack job designed to capitalise on the Machiavelli brand name.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Review: Bull's Eye: The Power of Focus

Bull's Eye: The Power of Focus Bull's Eye: The Power of Focus by Brian Tracy
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Put together a bunch of well-known personal management principles, throw in a couple of sound bites by well-known people and viola! You have a ready-made coffee-table book for people who have a hard time focusing on reading.

This book has a promising start but gets old quickly once you realise that some of the advice the author dishes out are so passé and at times contradictory.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Review: Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money

Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money by Pat Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I picked up this book from the library, I didn't realise that the author was someone whose podcasts I have been following for quite some time. Like the episodes from his "Smart Passive Income" podcast, this book is filled with chapters of useful advice for entrepreneurs. There were also a number of tests and exercises designed to help would-be entrepreneurs discover and evaluate the viability of their ideas before they plunge headlong into their (mis)adventure.

The author probably also doesn't realise it, but one of the chapters let it slipped that some of the book's content were repackaged from his podcasts. This doesn't detract from the value of the information, although it does help you to understand why the book is written in such a long-winded, conversational way.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead

The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead by Charles Murray
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This would have been a good read if the author is less self-righteous. Instead, by trying to impose his narrow views of what constitutes right behaviour and what it takes to live a good life, it negates the value of the useful advice that the author provides in several chapters of the book. What a shame because there are some pretty good stuff in here!

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Review: 101 Places Not to See Before You Die

101 Places Not to See Before You Die 101 Places Not to See Before You Die by Catherine Price
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Like many books of its genre, "101 Places Not to See Before You Die" reads like the equivalent of an online clickbait. Sure, there are plenty of interesting stuff (for instance, Hell has a wedding chapel, and the residents of Fucking, Austria, voted against changing the town's name), but you also get the occasional fillers thrown in for good measure.

In the end, the book is best summed up by the quote in the introduction: "Travel should be an adventure, not an assignment, and if you spend your vacation armed with too many checklists, you're missing the point of leaving home."

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