In summary, this is a great listen and a reminder of what it is to be human, regardless of what you do or aim to do in your life. You don't have to be a tennis player or a sports nut to appreciate the peaks and valleys of Agassi's life, and those who affected and were effected by him. In the end you may walk away with a new understanding -- or a reminder -- that giving to others may be the best play you can make; that, as humans, we seem to wallow in our negative moments far longer than we savor our greatest accomplishments (and we should change this action); and that we all make mistakes.
I particularly enjoyed Agassi's retelling of reaching a goal, a long-fought for goal, only to wonder why in his moment of accomplish, the feeling of success was rather fleeting, paled in comparison to what he imagined the feeling--the feeling of triumph--would be; he soon refocused on his next objective. Perhaps, you can relate to this? I think many individuals will and can.
It was also humorous to learn that a woman as stunning as Brooke Shields found it useful to post a picture of another woman on her refrigerator to motivate her to 'get into wedding shape.' Yes, you've read this correctly: Brooke Shields felt the need to do this. Again, the human side of the book is exposed.
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Life is stranger than fiction--or in this case--more tragic. Through this book you will learn about the largest Ponzi scheme in history; those who tried to stop it; how the SEC didn't give a damn, over and over again; and how lives were changed forever, including the author.
But, in the end, it is about the triumph of good men, ethical men who had the fortitude to be believe in what is right. Markopolos, his team, and those who finally listened are true American heroes.
The book is well read by Scott Brick and others, although, I did not see the need for the others. Previously, I've found Brick to be melancholic at times; here, he is a good fit for the tone and message. (Perhaps Demille was the ghost writer.) I enjoyed listening to Brick. I would recommend this book to anyone, including those like myself who know little about the banking industry.
In the end you may ask yourself, so why does the SEC exist, and are we really protected from this happening again? Moreover, why the heck aren't more people pissed off and shouting at the SEC demanding to know why they failed to do their job?
It is a great read. Go ahead, get it now.
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