I read it as an audiobook and it doesn’t make a good one. It’s full of figures, numbers, charts, diagrams, etc which get lost in the audio version. This might cause a bias on my review.
The book feels thoroughly researched. I caught a couple of small errors but most time when I thought “What about this or that” the book answered my objection a couple or paragraphs earlier.
The first two parts cycle between a dry list of numbers and little stories or descriptions that are very interesting. It is, as the title suggest, very American centric but every now and then it compares USA with Europe.
The last part is different, specially the last two or three chapters, which talk about the present and the future. I was heavily entrenched in what this books call techno-optimisim. Techno-optimists believe progress is happening and it will accelerate. AI will solve all problems and destroy all jobs. We also believe robots are the biggest source of unemployment today. This book made me challenge these assumptions. I’m not sure what to believe. Some of the conclusions that you may arrive at from the information here can be very xenophobic/protectionist.
The postscript, America’s Growth Achievement and the Path Ahead is great and concise. I think it should be mandatory reading to be a politician of any kind. Actually, the US should elect Robert J. Gordon as their president.
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This book is a sort of different explanation of the concepts of Stoicism. The book claimed the original works by Seneca and others are very accessible but I found The Obstacle is the Way way easier to digest.
This books claims obstacles are a good thing and tries to prove it with many examples of people that achieved great things thanks to their obstacles. I’m not sure I agree. I think there’s a survival bias I that analysis similar to the one the author points to when looking at a list of millionaire college drop outs.
I wish the book would prove things by using data instead of anecdote but I’m giving it four stars because it this book made me think. It made me think about my current obstacles and the attempt of thinking of them as a positive thing made me find new solutions (or reconsider previously discarded solutions). I still thing they are obstacles and that they are bad for me, but they seem more surmountable. That’s no small feat for a book.
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This book is very entertaining and contains a lot of details I wasn’t familiar with but to be honest, not many that are important in my opinion; so, if you are as familiar as I am with the great psychological experiments, it’s just entertainment (and I’d say good one).
I really like that she managed to locate and talk to some of the participants of the Milgram experiment. I never gave too much thought about the impact the experiment might have had on their lives. At the same time she ignored some of the more important Milgram findings: adding a white coat and other authority symbols increasing compliance by a lot.
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I think I had my expectations wrong for this book. I was expecting it to focus on business and professional growth when most of its focus is on relationships and families. And when it addresses the professional life, it’s from the point of view of a manager/leader of a big company.
It has some interesting concepts such as the emotional account that I think if everybody followed them it would make the world a happier place. But I strongly disagree that there’s a correlation between following those values and one being more effective. For example, the book asserts that if you treat people respectfully, they’ll respect you back. This is not true. This is not how the world works. This is not how the brain work either and some of the facts about the brain that this book cite have been proved false.
Lastly but not least, the book gets awfully preachy, jumping into religion like if that was fact or proof of anything.
All in all I think the book pretends to be scientific but it’s very dogmatic. I’d recommend avoiding it.
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I always saw Nike as this faceless, soulless multinational corporation. I never thought it’s origin was not dissimilar to Apple’s: they were rebels. They fought tooth and nail against incredibly bad odds and prevailed. This book eradicated my dislike for this company.
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Definitely interesting and a recommended read for any small business owner. I listened to the audio-book and it was compelling enough that I bought the hard-cover to give it a second read and look at the charts and tables.
Profit first is essentially taking the profit out of revenue before your company eats it away. Obviously there’s a lot of nuances and techniques to make it work and that’s what the book explores and exposes.
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I feel there’s a lesson in this book I could apply to make my life better but I’m having trouble distilling it. I’m going to re read it after reading another book.
The writing style was surprising but it shouldn’t have been based on the title. It was a fun entertaining read if nothing else.
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It’s a very short book and it feels very actionable. I have the impression it applies more to people that have bouts of anger than someone who has an annoying constant background level of anger.
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Getting though this long book felt like a chore but I dont want to give it a bad review because I think it was me and not the book. I’m having trouble connecting with fiction lately.
Trying to be objective, it’s a rich story both in terms of settings, characters and development. Aside from some of the fantastic tech, it feels very real. It is hard or impossible to know where the story is going most of the time. It’s one of those books with many threads that get joined towards the end. And I’d you like it, you’ll want to continue the series due to the obligatory cliffhanger.
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It was OK. Because it’s a series of articles and not a real biography, there’s no cohesion. I think the biggest problem with this book is how boring the subject matter is.
Warren Buffet is obviously smart and a book trying to figure out how he does what he does could be interesting, but otherwise, from the outside, his life is quite boring (which I bet correlates with his happiness).
He didn’t seem to start dirt poor, just average. There was no drama. There was no losses to nothing and miraculous recovery. There was nothing more than a steady stream of rational decisions and a pile of money that grew to amazing proportions. Even then, Warren Buffet kept a supremely ordinary life, which makes me wonder why some rich people need so much protection and Warren Buffet doesn’t.
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