I lived the wars of Iraq (2 tours 04-05 and 09-10) and Afghanistan (07-08). It is interesting to go back and read about history I was apart of. With that said this book missed the mark. It was written at the height of the insurgency and ran with an idea that we were going to lose the war... Silly, but understandable if viewed from 05-06 time frame.
There were some takeaways that are still valid today:
1. The lack of credible intelligence leading to a faulty invasion plan
2. Lack of clear campaign endstate (although he blames generals, I blame washington, it isn't the military's responsibility to set the conditions of victory... if you left it to us we would just smash everything and leave)
3. Politics kills more Soldiers than the enemy and civilians shouldn't be in charge of defense
After reading this book I feel like I understand myself more. I would recommend this to anyone how values thought producing self study.
I enjoyed the stroy and thought it was interesting. However, I will not read the rest of the series because it is just too slowly moving and doesn't keep me wanting more.
I'm an Army Ranger and an Officer. I pick this book during a special sale. It was boring and I do not recommend it.
The ideas are old, recycled and the author came off as egocentric. This book is not really about business, it just uses business as the platform to speak about how lifelong learning is a path to being (important, happy, content, self assured)... not sure which adjective to use.
One of the very few books that is more than a story. I definitely became tied to the emotional journey of the main character... and love it.
14 had orginial ideas and concepts I had never heard before. However, it reminded me of watching my wife's fashion shows, where the designer is trying to be creative but just ends of creating something orginal and stupid.
I would not recommend this book.
I was in Afghanistan from 06-08. The culture of the Army is "I will fight were I am told to fight, and I will win where I fight" and Afghanistan tested that culture and expounded on why it doesn’t always benefit the Soldiers.
I'm not sure if someone who wasn't there would understand some of the underlying themes in this book. If you are listening to the book for the battles or for an understanding of how we fought the war, this is a pretty good account. However, if you experienced the war, it will just validate how under manned and under resourced we were. I personally got sick to my stomach listening to this book but it was a rewarding experience at the end.
I typically don't enjoy history books or data driven books. I listened to it because my wife started reading the book and it was on sale for like 3.95. With that said it is an impressive account of cancer and I walk away impressed with the author.
I would recommed this book to anyone who likes history books, not just medical or scientific novels.
Not what I expected and it's really good. I thought it was too long. I would recommend it to anyone who has more that an hour and a half to listen in one sitting.
Interesting philosophy on wealth. He makes the assumption that your money goals should be to have large enough income generating assests that can earn you enough money to live confortably. He choose real estate as a platform to meet that endstate.
Before reading the book, I just knew I was supposed to make my money work for me so I invested in stocks and mutual funds. After reading the book, it changed my think to start researching oppurtunities for me to diversify into.
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