Balko opens the book by saying that he is not anti-police. He then spends the next 13 hours painting American law enforcement as knuckle-dragging, power-tripping, buffoons. He does this by using out-of-context statistics along with highly opinionated, one-sided, accounts of police negligence, misconduct and brutality.
I'm a Canadian police officer and I actually agree with almost all of Balko's recommendations at the end of the book. Getting to end without shutting it off was the tough part. The first portion of the book is a painfully dry, historical account of US state and federal politics as they pertain to drug laws and no-knock entries. Balko then moves into story after tragic story of bumbling, bloodthirsty cops conducting raids on the homes of innocent people and how it destroyed their lives.
There are many things that American police can and should be doing better. However, this message was completely lost in the delivery.
I found this book to be incredibly frustrating. If you're looking for gems of knowledge like,
Well written, just like Why Gender Matters and Boys Adrift. Highly recommended reading for anyone with a daughter. However, the narrator was painful to listen to. I felt as if I was being lectured by school principal at times. Several times I actually had to turn this audio book off as her voice was like nails on a chalk board.
This book offers a very high-level overview of some of the psychology and research behind the elusive notion of being 'enchanting'. There is very little original content, as Kawasaki borrows from a vast array of other authors, including Malcolm Gladwell and Robert Cialdini. This book is a great jumping off point if you're looking for other sources that will drill down deeper into a particular subject. This book does a good job of explaining 'what to do' but without the critical 'how to do it' part. I found it to be dis-jointed as it jumped from subject to subject. Thrown in are a number of 'real life' stories, which were mildly interesting, but didn't appear to have much to do with the subject matter. As an avid reader of books in this category, reading Enchantment was like sitting down to dinner and being fed only cotton candy.
I was hoping to gain some insight into his 8 years in office, but virtually everything in this book you could have read about in the newspaper. This was a high level overview of his Presidency and contained no emotion. The sentences that began with, "I felt..." seemed like they were added in after the fact on the advice of the editor. Bush's narration is painfully dull. It was as if this book was written by one of his aids and he was reading it for the first time.
This is not a diet book. This is not an exercise book. This book is different and better. Tom Venuto takes a multifaceted look at how the average person can achieve the body they want in a realistic way. I'm a hypnotherapist and an Ironman triathlete and I still learned a lot from this book! The narrator is upbeat and engaging. I liked this book so much I bought the paper version to have as a reference. Highly recommended!
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