It is a tough book to get through, as Tim Weiner has a huge amount of sources and data to share with the reader. It is however fascinating to see an agency that devours billions of dollars per year can get away with decades of malpractice, lying an cheating. If even a third would be true (where I am afraid it is all true, base don the level and details of the sources), it is an utter disgrace that the agency has not been closed decades ago. In the businessworld this would have been done long ago. A very interesting an revealing book, very worthwhile for anyone interested in secret services and their doings.
This book has an unclear story underlying massive criticism on the scientists that believe in global warming and greenhouse effect. At the end the outcome of the stiry is still unclear, what now happens with the organisation faced, what was the argument behind, etc. Personally I liked Michael Chrichtons books, but this book obviously has a different agenda then creating good and scientifically based entertainment. It is intended to radiate the message that some conservative US politicians state, that caring for the environment is nonsense. He defences not signing the kyoto protocol, and quotes constantly reserach that denounces the global warming theory. I agree when we states we need to be critical towards what we believe and what we assume is provenor not. Unfortunately mr Chrichton forgets that 97% of the Global climat scientisis have consensus (Source: Nobel price winning institute of environmental research). He however cites from the 3%. Indeed there is a group of criticism on this topic, also in Europe there is an organisation that voices the critics, which is important for a healthy democracy. Potentially they should then next time not take a historian, but a climatic scientist as their chairman and only public member. And at the end, irrespective all arguments, no argument of unclear consequences can be an argument not to be carfull with our environment, No argument should move attention away from a continuous need for carefull contemplation on the consequences of human behaviour on the environment. Using arguments to move away from that is criminal to our future on earth. I agree with the final discussion that we do not need to discuss if earth will survive. Earth will, just humans will not (see also 'rare earth theory', earth will rebouce, it take a million oyears or such, which for a planet is not a huge issue, just we won't be around to tell). In my view, this book makes me realise people actually believe what crichton states, and that is scary..
The book starts off interesting, very catching and with increasing speed. One can't escape the feeling this has been written before. much in the style of the da vinci code a symbol mystery is wound up and unwound. This still allows for so,e hours of pleasent listening, but nothing too new, only then to be left with 1,5 hours of elongated talks on bibles, divinity of men and the scientific proof of the force of mind and the scince of noetics. I have read all of Dan Brown, but think this is his weakest book thusfar. too bad, as he is a great writer.
great details, including all the scenes and sights are accurate to those who have been there, the novel keeps you in suspense untill the lasted pages listened to.
It is brought clearly what the reason is that parts of the Arab world resent what the US and Great Britain stand for.Let us hope some policy makers listen to it too and are not led by their own fanatic religious thoughts.
This is one of those books that switches your brain into high gear. It is fascinating to hear Peter Drucker´s ideas, some so simple and logic, some so far from what you might have thought yourself, but always able to spin your mind into deep thoughts. Nothing to be taken lightly, this is no book for a relaxed moment, but it is a tour through the words written by a great mind that can express himself in an unforgettable way.
As the book contains many different input sources, it has a bit for everybody. There are speeches which I find less and ones I find more interesting. Through the amount of it however there is always something a reader will find that he or she can benefit from. Nice to listen through without being too deep. It is not a brain provoking set of speeches, but a nice mumble that regularly lights a small fire of recognition or of a moment or thought you like to remember. It were pleasant hours I spend listening.
The book listens easy, but one who has spend some time, either in the university or in business schools or conferences on training or communication will find there is hardly any new input to get from this book. Too bad.
This book is not a book on self development, but a personal idea of the writer with as its main target to improve your relationship with God. Should you have bought the book to become personally more effective etc. you will buy a useless book. I personally have no need to improve my relationship with a higher being, be it God, Allah, Jehova Budha or whoever. I feel that religion has no place in business or in business books. In the case of such books it should have been mentioned that this is a book on religion as I would have never bought this book.
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