Yes, I have recommended this book to my friends and students. I teach a military education course to Air Force officers, and I think this is a fantastic book to spur some critical thought about how we develop and promote the personnel we have.
While this book focuses on Army generals, I think it is applicable to any of the services, and it potentially shows us why the Army should not be the lead service in our modern conflicts.
If you would like a preview of this book, you can look up Rick's article in the Atlantic called "General Failure." If you find it interesting in the least, then you will enjoy this book.
Stossel's book is a treasure trove of data and examples on the failings of government. He does this while remaining fairly apolitical. (Disclaimer - I would say that I'm libertarian. Hardcore conservatives or liberals might not agree with this claim.) It would be hard to argue with his data and logic on many of the topics. He is definitely not a shill for either political party.
I learned so much from this book. One of the things that I love about a book that covers historical moments is the ability to communicate the context of the time. I think Stossel does a pretty good job of setting the stage for what was commonly thought at the times that the different legislation was passed or public outcry was being expressed.
This is the best book on politics that I have read in a while. I think it bleeds over into Economics as well if you are interested in that subject. This subject matter is something that many Americans need to be thinking about as we continue down the rabbit hole of constant warfare, growing deficits, and expanding government.
I would whole heartedly endorse Dauntless and the rest of the series. Jack Campbell has captured the responsibility and burdens of military officer perfectly. This book has a great balance of military action, character building, and suspense. It is just so fun. I finished the first three books in this series in a week. I have not been looking forward to what happens next in the story in so long that it feels like I'm gorging myself on candy.
So often Hollywood or popular storytellers paint the picture of military officers as either rogues or blood thirsty gladiators. Campbell has used his own Navy experience to more correctly draw a picture of officers. This is what the crew of Battlestar Galactica should have been like.
Rummel is fantastic as a reader. His different voices are excellent, and he never misses a beat.
This book really reminded me of the original Ender series. I enjoyed the Shadow series, but they were never as cerebral and great as the originals. This book was full of that punchy back and forth dialogue that was in Xenocide and Speaker for the Dead. Also, it filled in some critical answers to the Ender Universe.
If you have read the others, then you will, of course, read this one. If you haven't, do not start here.
Card has said that he writes these as if they are performances. The different voices and actors really make this great. It is totally an innovation for audiobooks. I love it.
I really like Card's comments at the end of the book. I appreciate being let in on the development of the books and what is coming up in the future.
Utterly fantastic. This is what political argument should be at all times. well documented, well researched, and tested. This is the how political activism can really make a difference.
The real flaw with the Money magazine article is that all formalized pay structures are set before taxes. The government isn't going to pay military members less because they don't have to pay social security taxes anymore and neither is wal mart, micorsoft, or any other small business owner. This argument is addressed in the book, and I doubt the two reviewers knocking this plan read/listened to this book.
David Bach has found a way to pull people into the fold of financial planning. Starting with goals and dreams is the major piece that every other book on the market leaves out. There are too many people just trying to make a million dollars with no idea of what they are working for. If you know what you want, you can work specifically for it, stay motivated, and most importantly of all, know when you've arrived.
I have read most introductory books on financial planning that are on the market today. This book is probably number one or two on that list depending on my mood.
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