In recent months, there have been three especially informative bestsellers regarding the current White House and president Trump. Each book is written by an accomplished journalist, but with somewhat different angles of focus and very different insights.
Some will accuse me of being tacky and promoting the other two books. Frankly, that is not my purpose. I have no financial stake in any books being sold on Amazon or elsewhere – at least not unless or until I publish my own book. So, be that.... (More)
I have been a michael Lewis fan since Liar’s Poker came out. This book is rambling and makes little sense, like many who dislike President Trump, Lewis can’t come up with anything truly valid, and this story ends with a long drawn out tale about how great the weather service is and how people should place more faith in the government. He tries to make the case that Trump and his administration are incompetent and don’t have a clue during the transition process, but the truth is that very.... (More)
I want to tell future readers of this book in this way. I read it first when I was 14 or 15. I thought it was a book on how to smartly fight a war. Then I re-read it when I was 28 and it occurred to me that it may be an instruction book on how to navigate an honorable life. Years passed and I recently found it at the bottom of a box in my closet. I read it again at age 56. I realized it has more to offer. If you read this book, you will actively have to replace Sun Tzus' ancient terms and.... (More)
Banks are boring, Lending policies are boring. Financial derivatives and interest rates are boring. And yet here we are with an obsessively researched history of a German bank ruling the news cycle. The names explain why: David Enrich and Donald Trump. Enrich found a source in a young man named Val Broeksmit, an unemployed rock musician with a history of opioid abuse and credit card theft, whose father happened to have been a senior executive at DB, and happened to have killed himself and.... (More)
Le Carre’ - on a bad day. It would have been helpful to have a scorecard or an Excel spreadsheet along side while reading, too. There are so many characters!
I found the book difficult to follow. It jumps time lines, people and events very rapidly only to returns back to them. This pattern repeats over and over making continuity rare and real conclusions sparse. This is not fiction, right?
There is a tremendous amount of information included in this volume. My problems continue with the.... (More)
Disclaimer: I LOVE SUZE ORMAN!
I've been following her for years. While her advice is often ruthless and at times downright brutal, the words she says are words that America needs to hear. This book is no exception. Her very first chapter launches right into how your family is impeding your finances. For my generation, apparently the single biggest financial obstacle is adult children still living at home. I recently heard about this from a financial advisor, and I'm seeing it confirmed here.... (More)
I read this classic in its first edition 38 years ago just after completing a graduate degree in economics, and was captivated. The Efficient Market Hypothesis which it expounds was in its infancy. Index mutual funds had not yet been invented. There was much chatter about "crowd psychology" and the like, but Behavioralism as a distinct academic discipline applied to stock price movements had not yet evolved. And of course, no personal computers.
Now the tenth edition comes upon a changed.... (More)
A zero-sum system is one in which there is a finite amount of a resource. In order for one individual or group to gain more of the resource, another individual or group must lose a corresponding amount of that resource. In Robert Reich’s The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, he argues that while wealth is not a zero-sum system because the amount of wealth presumably is increasing, power, on the other hand *is* a zero-sum system. However, the two are closely related, Reich argues, because.... (More)
Greedy, powerful billionaires have rigged the system for their own benefit at the expense of everyone else—this, in a nutshell, is Robert Reich’s thesis. Although I disagree with Reich on how the system works, that is not why I gave the book one star. I gave it one star because it is filled with inaccuracies, inconsistencies, and downright headscratchers. Below are just some (out of countless) examples.
Reich claims he is “not advocating class warfare” (p. 17). But blaming billionaires and.... (More)
I've read my share of leadership books as well as books by Navy Seals (and some in the area of the venn diagram where they overlap). This book overall has good lessons, is founded on very solid (if non-groundbreaking) principles, and is well-organized. I got some good tidbits in just about every chapter, particularly on the chapters that cover the 7 specific "commitments" (principles, concepts, behaviors, etc.). While nothing here should shock anyone who has ever read a business, leadership,.... (More)
Having read just about everything available on the history of the development and design of the original Disneyland park, it's quite honest to say that there is nothing new here. The most recent original scholarship would be "Three Years in Wonderland" by Todd James Pierce, and anything fresh has been basically cribbed from that book by Snow. All of the familiar anecdotes and quotes from the three key Walt Disney biographies (Thomas, Watts, and Gabler) are here, nearly verbatim. And if you.... (More)
I’m a huge Disney fan, and in general, I’m someone who likes to “go behind the scenes”...wether it’s a walking tour in the underground tunnels at the Magic Kingdom, or how a cruise ship is built, I’m constantly fascinated by the “hidden treasures” and “hows”, so a book that showcases so many of the unsung heroes (I love Disney, so yeah, to families and kids, that’s a good word to describe these people!) was something I felt I had to have.
There are some very unique people in here, such as.... (More)
Think Like a Rocket Scientist is a masterpiece of storytelling and actionable insights. It is refreshingly compelling and captivating (turns out thinking like a rocket scientist is useful for non-rocket scientists). Varol ties together diverse topics (actual rocket science, business, law, psychology) to illustrate nine thinking concepts and brings them to life through striking imagery, wit, humor, and stories of his time at NASA. He pulls in quotations from optimal sources to convey his.... (More)
I'm 53 and interviewing to go back to work. I pre-ordered this book and was so psyched when it arrived today. My problem? I'm nervous about returning to work, I think my CV looks weak, and I'm pretty sure I'm often not even being considered because of my age. Well, I'm done with kids so maybe I'm an even better bet than a younger woman! I know from her Know Your Value series that these are topics Mika is certain to address and I need this advice Today! I heard her say on Morning Joe this.... (More)
If I only had 3 words to summarize this book it would be “Essence of Daymond”.
This book drew me in and had me hooked within the first two pages. If you’re looking for a quick “how to” this isn’t your book. I’ve read many business books that breaks down the how on negotiations and business, but always felt like something was lacking. This book is more of the roots of how to be excellent not in only business, but as a person.
I enjoyed the short cameos from different celebrities and their.... (More)