War is a complicated affair. Politics and politicians, war-mongers and protestors, soldiers and civilians... each believes in their viewpoints, and we are seldom blessed with an objective author. This book may very well be written by one.
Although the book was long, I couldn't bear to stop listening. There was no over-dramatization, pretentious heroism, or self-righteous preaching. This was a guided tour by an articulate journalist that shared with the audience the transformational journey of the fighting 69th.
If you want to believe that all soldiers are honorable, unselfish, and perfect men, this book will not appease you. If you want to know about the solider as a fallible, yet able to grow then this will be a delight. This book will leave you impressed by the men and the author, and it will inspire you to embrace the U.S. soldiers as the embodiement of what makes America great: spirit.
To be kind, I would say that the principles written are sound, relevant, and important. However, the narration and delivery are distracting... bordering on amateurish.
The basic concept of the book is:
1. Treat others as indivual people with individual needs, flaws, and dreams
2. Do the right thing by others, for others
3. Once you recognize the joy to be had in THAT moment, then
4. Re-examine other people in that new light
I would recommend any book by Patrick Lencioni for a far better read and equally sound principles
I was hoping that this book would be able to provide a different perspective on the state of business today. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with both the content and the narration, which was distracting. If you enjoy the voice from "Desperate Housewives" this narrator is a dead-ringer. Otherwise, it exacerbates the slow-moving pace of the book's content.
I almost always avoid an abridbed audiobook, but in this case, that would have made it a far more enjoyable listening experience. The concepts are very, very basic, which may very well be the point of the book, but the author does very little to delve any deeper into the subject matter than a cursory glance would afford. In the immortal and never-uttered words of Sherlock Holmes, it was all "Elementary, my Dear Watson."
Having listened to "Getting to YES," I was surprisingly pleased with how much better "The Power of a Positive No" was in comparision. This is not to say that the first book was substandard, but rather that this book focused on what so many people struggle with: Understanding how, why, and when to say "NO" in order to get to "YES."
It addresses everything from the struggle within ourselves to say the word, to delivering it with confidently, ethically, and gracefully. You never feel as if the author meanders off course, but rather ties all points back to the central theme of the higher (or deeper) purpose: reaching a consensus and a solution.
This book is well written, the narration is excellent, and the content woven with historical references (biographical and autobiographical) yet never becomes self-aggrandizing.
This book is a must for EVERYONE, regardless of societal position. It will not disappoint.
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