Category : Book Review

Book Review: The Big Short

I just finished Michael Lewis’ new book, the Big Short.  It follows three groups of investors as they forsaw and then attempted to bet on the biggest financial calamity since the great depression.  As is typical with Lewis’ books (including “The Blind Side” which was recently made in to a…

Book Review: Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead

Independence is the only gauge of human virtue and value. What a man is and makes of himself; not what he has or hasn’t done for others. There is no substitute for personal dignity. Part IV Chapter 18 While I don’t agree with everything that Ayn Rand says, I tend to believe…

Book Review: The Virtue of Selfishness – Ayn Rand

This book is an absolute must read that will bore you to death.  Chapters 1, 2, 4 and 10 crystallize a concept, a way of life that many of us follow but few can articulate with Rand’s precision.  The other 15 chapters just ramble about how objectivism applies logically in to emergencies,…

Book Review – 140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form

I was just perusing the books on social media at the local book store, when I noticed this book.  I was intrigued by the subtitle, “a style guide for the short form.”  My curiosity got the best of me.  How can you have style in only 140 characters?   What forms…

Book Review – Meatball Sundae by Seth Godin

I enjoyed Godin’s Meatball Sundae and highly recommend it, with a few disclaimers.  It is intended for marketers only, not just anyone who’s interested in social media.  It would also be helpful to have a little bit of a background in social media before you read it. The subtitle to…

Book Review: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

I absolutely loved the book Outliers.  It explored what REALLY makes the most successful Americans successful.  In the process he uncovers some startling truths (or at least theories) about human nature.  Among the things that I found most interesting: Asians may be better at math because of the produce that…

Book Review: The Dip by Seth Godin

I didn’t watch the Super Bowl last night.  Instead, I decided to knock one of the books I’ve been meaning to read off my list.  As it turns out though, my reading was related to the Super Bowl after all. The trophy that Drew Brees hoisted over his head last…

Book Review: 4 Hour Work Week (With a Free Self-Help Recipe!)

I have a recipe for writing self-help books: 1 Person Who has Come Across Success. 40 Pages of Common Sense 40 Pages of Ridiculous Ideas 40 Pages of Good Ideas References to Website or Community Real Life Examples of People Who’ve Done Ridiculous Things Quotes from Famous Authors (optional) Begin…

On Super Freakonomics by Dubner and Levitt

The sequel to one of my favorite books was good, but not as good as the original.  If you haven’t read the first one (Freakonomics), go get it, now.  I’ll wait. This one (Super Freakonomics) has a similar format.  It has only four chapters; “How is a Street Prostitute Like…

On the Knack by Norm Brodsky

To be successful you have to get over your panic. Not only must you develop confidence in your ability to handle problems, but your whole way of thinking about them has to change. You have to accept a never-ending flood of complications as a normal part of the business process,…