A quick introduction to my ratings...everyone has their own views so you should know what mine are so my review may be of help
***** - 5 Stars, an all time great that I would want to read every year
**** - 4 Stars, a good book that I would be willing to read again
*** - 3 Stars, an average book, glad I read but would not read again
** - 2 Stars, I finished but was sorry I did and would not recommend it
* - 1 Star, i could not even finish it
I list my recommendation if you were my friend, my overall thoughts and then list the 2 things I liked best and the 2 things I liked least about the book. This is not conclusion, rather a 1 min review.
Recommendation - If you like military history, i.e. books like With the Old Breed, Band of Brothers, etc, I highly recommend this book.
Overall,this book is another tribute to the brutality of war and the hearts of the WWII generation. They speak of many battles as the summary describes. It is not sugar coated, the author pulls no punches in romanticizing war.
1. The description of life in battle pulled no punches. The author also expanded on the quotes, attributing them to the interview or source, so the reader knows they were not the author's narrative, they were from interviews, 1st hand accounts. I appreciate that as many authors like to add to it.
2. I enjoyed the ending when the author spoke of what came of the members of Dog Company, it is good to hear how their lives ended up!
1. There is little to say here. I would have enjoyed more background to what was going on big picture, not just the 1st hand accounts, but that would have made for a much longer story.
2. There really was nothing major I did not like about this book. It will come down to personal preference.
This was an exceptional story about growing and adapting to the challenges and no matter what, a company can find a way to keep its edge it had as a small company. Ed taught us through narratives and examples how problems changed as Pixar grew. Even when it was bought out by Disney, the problems changed. That meant their problem solving methods had to adapt.
A beautiful tale that tells a beautiful story about the impact people have.
I am a huge Grisham fan...read every book.
This was a classic...until the end when it didn't end!
I've had a few choice words for some of the endings but they ended. This book leaves almost everything still open. Very disappointing.
That being said, the book was great. Again, I learned so much about a different part of the legal world!
This is no light read.
I have read more then ½ dozen SEAL books and more then 20 military 1st person books about OEF/OIC. I have known people who have fought and served in Afg myself.
This book is the most powerful and emotionally potent book I have read explaining what it means to be part a higher calling and a member of an elite fighting force.
This is no BS, gloves off.
Such an amazing read.
This book is an epic insight into one Navy Seal's mindset. It doesn't come across as a "look at how awesome I am."
This is a book as seen if the reader was a fly on the wall. Very down to earth with many insights into the authors defeats as well as victories.
Hedge fund managers are prohibited from speaking to the public in pretty much anyway. Timothy closed his and speaks bluntly about the industry.
Bigger then that he tells how he started from his college dorm room with a curiosity...he's not the next Warren Buffet but he opens the curtains on how the stock market can be cracked by watching the patterns.
This book was enjoyable and thought provoking "essay" on telling the truth.
I enjoyed it because it reminded you that your ultimate cause may not be served by telling even white lies.
The flipside of that coin is that it does require the speaker to perform verbal jujitsu to accomplish there goal in the least offensive way possible. For example do I look fat in these jeans? A friend could reply no John no one would say you look fat but I could see why you would feel better if you lost 15 pounds.
This book is exceptional in its examination of current trends in power.
What is power? He defines it in the beginning.
Already know it is changing, you can skip his research in ch 1-10...go straight to the who cares and what does it mean for me in Ch 11.
I will boil it down to its basic elements.
Always have a notebook & pen nearby. Then write in it. That's it. The rest is details, like don't write your grocery list, write big ideas like a why you want to change your diet or try a new type of food or...
Jim does a good job telling you what to and not to write in it. He gets side tracked and such but comes back to the point, just do it; carry the notebook everywhere then write when you have idea.
If you think you need a fancy book go for it. If you think you need a fancy filing system you don't. Just leave the first couple pages blank, when you fill it up go back and write in an index.
Ok back to my journal.
I have read all the books in this series after getting hooked by the original 5 books. Recently they had been trending toward long on details and while being amazingly accurate of military specs were short on plot development and action, not to mention plot twists and surprises.
This book changed all that. Not only is it extremely relevant given today's reliance on technology, but also the sometimes strained relationship with China.
There were surprises and twists all along.
This renewed my faith in Clancy!
If you know nothing about what defines a psychopath (supposedly 10% of us are) then read the last 15% of the book. If you understand the basis of a psychopath (that many CEO and successful business people actually score the same as serial killers) then don't bother.
The book has lots of details and reads like a novel which is great except it's suppose to be telling you about the Psychopath Test. Well it doesn't do this until the end, last 15% of the book.
I wanted to like it and can't saying, this is interesting but what does it have to do with the story...or this is boring does this have anything to do with the story? It did not until the end. It could have been a 1 hour book. The ending was ok, it told me things I already knew about "psychopaths" so it felt like wasted time.
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