So I'll start off this review with a quick glimpse at our table of contents. Throughout this review we'll revisit.... you get the point. Most presentations are death. This book does an excellent job of giving you fresh alternative thinking to what most have us have either been taught in business presentations or taught ourselves. Like all books you'll get out of it as much as you put into it. But the information contained in the book helps you understand why great presenters like Steve Jobs and Nancy Duarte do what they do and how it is far more effective. What I liked the most is how so much of it is grounded in science. I've already bought copies of this book for my direct reports.
Science meets practical, intuitive reasoning.
More than anything it reminded me of the need to start from the ground up, literally putting words on paper per page before doing the design writing.
More than worth the money.
I've gotten hooked on Alex Berenson's work and have been cranking through his books. I didn't see that this was a short book and was ready to send it back when I saw it was only 45 minutes. But it really caught me from the beginning so I stuck with it and felt I got a lot out of the first person perspective of what it's like to be there. I only wish it was a lot longer. I would have listened to it for hours.
I'd recommend paying cash for it and saving your credit for a more expensive book. Worth a listen all the same.
Dirty Wars is a very thorough retelling of the expanded global war on terror. It manages to weave together disparate actions into a larger, more visible whole which is no small feat.
However, Mr. Scahill's effort begins to wear on you a little towards the end. The overly repetitive theme of USA as bumbling agent of blind vengeance starts to feel like more of an antagonism as opposed to a legitimate analysis of events. This position also starts to make him look almost sympathetic to the terrorists - constantly pointing out JSOC and the WH's ineptitude while glossing over the actions of AQAP, Al Shabaab and others as just mere bullet points to be communicated.
All in all it's a good read and informative, but unnecessarily slanted which tends to sap credibility towards the end.
Gorky Park - excellent follow up.
I couldn't stop listening. I honestly felt like I was out at sea in the Polar Star. The story and narration made me feel like I was trapped in tiny rooms, looking over my shoulder for surprises and elated to step foot on Dutch Harbor.
Excellent book. I hope a follow up comes out.
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