An excellent read/listen, which describes in great detail many of the mistakes that we made in our early days in Iraq...I served as Chief of Operations for the Baghdad CJTF-7 Headquarters in 2003 and early 2004. Unfortunately, Ricks relies far too heavily on criticisms from BG Janis Karpinsky and MG Chuck Swannack, quoting both extensively throughout the book. Both Karpinski's and Swannack's opinions are far from objective, so to base many of his findings on their comments is not honest journalism. As CJTF-7 Commanding General, LTG Sanchez held what could arguably be the toughest job in recent history of our Military. Ricks' slanderous characterization of Sanchez is unfair, way off base, and discredits what is otherwise an interesting and important book.
Reader was good, storyline interesting, but book could have been much better. An example -When author described the main character as having been a professional athlete - makes one wonder why he was not described as having played three years of triple A ball for the Yankees. Many of the charactors could have come to life, but they did not.
Very interesting book if you've never read Malcom Gladwell's work - if you have, don't waste your time on Bounce.
Kilcullen makes sense of the asymmetric battlefield: what works, what does not, and why. Anyone who has been or will be going to Iraq or Afghanistan will appreciate this work. All of our politicians need to read this book. Others may find it boring in part because the reader reads very precisely (slowly), including a painful reading of hundreds of acronyms at the beginning that no one will remember anyway – this makes sense in the written version as a reference, but should not have been included in the audible version. Minor error: MNFI is Multi National Forces Iraq, not Multi National Forces One. Kilcullen deserves 5 stars – packaging of his spoken version cost him a star.
Lion's Game was one of my all time favorites. This book did not come close. I didn't like the characters, the plot, nor the reader. I know the author thinks this is his best work, but I disagree.
If you like books with a lesbian criminal as the protagonist, maybe you will like this book - seems many folks did. I'm just sorry I wasted three hours of my life trying to find a reason to continue listening. Alas, I could not.
It is hard for me to appreciate a self help book written by an author who is so wonderful that he was always the top producer and never lost a client. I am listening to "The Knack" now and for me, it is much better at delivering a message. Unlike Chet Holmes, Norm Brodsky actually uses his own mistakes to inform the listener. There is nothing new in this book, but there are many good ideas which may or may not be appropriate for your type of selling/business.
Wish I had read this one years ago. Have your kids read it too, it will provide motivation that is more valuable than anything else you might try to give them. Bottom line, it explains via examples, just why high income and wealth often have inverse correlation.
I have read/listened to quite a few self help books and there is little that is new in "Success Mastery Academy." I like Brian Tracy and it was because I really enjoyed his book "Goals" that I downloaded this one. It is a shame though that he disparages Dale Carnegie even though much of his approach and content seem to come right out of a Dale Carnegie seminar. I also was not keen on the format of this book (taped seminars to large audiences - many seemed to be dating back into the 90s). I truly believe that those looking for good self help books to listen to would be better off spending two credits on Carnegie's "How to win Friends" and Covey's "Seven Habits" or "The 8th Habit." "What Matters Most" by Smith is also very good.
Great storytelling - and character development. Read/listen to Ender's Game first.
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