That is the takeaway message from this book. What we think we know might be more opinion than fact. Try to think critically about EVERYTHING. Facts change. Keep up. Open your mind.
I loved The Checklist Manifesto and bought the hard copy of this book while my dad was in palliative care...then I thought, "You need this NOW!" so I bought the audible version too.
It helped me to be of service to my father when he needed me. It helped me to ask him how he wanted to die, rather than how I could help him "fight."
I found myself able to look my father in the eye and say, "Let's just love each other while we can" and now I sleep at night knowing I was there for him in the way he needed me to be.
Now it is helping me face my own aging and eventual mortality with more courage than I would have thought possible. Buy a copy of this book for everyone you love!
...add up to a book that almost made me scream, until I realized, after 9 (of 14) blather-filled chapters, that I could just turn it off and move on to a real book. This is not a book but a book-length mental masturbation exercise with countless mentions of "Warren," and constant ludicrous claims that Tavakoli (and her "buddy" Warren, of course) was the only person on Earth who saw the 2008 crisis coming.
Despite her efforts at sounding like the smartest and best connected woman in finance, she just sounds like a pathetic, repetitive social climber with zero emotional intelligence, desperate to show off her list of powerful friends. She left with me an enduring (imaginary) image of Warren Buffett, upon seeing another email from some woman with whom he had one lunch in 2005, rolling his eyes and pressing the delete key.
I understand Tavakoli is something of an expert in derivatives, and I discovered this piece of junk (well below investment grade) after looking up one of her technical books on the topic when I heard it quoted in "Confidence Man," a terrific book about Bill Ackman. Don't be fooled...there is nothing of value here that cant be gleaned from one of many, much better written books about the subprime crisis.
And that narrator! She sounds like a low-rent Mary Poppins, in way over her head and trying to sound prissy to cover up the fact that she doesn't understand a word she's reading.
Run! Run! Run!
I had read this book but wanted to listen to it as well. The writing is still wonderful, but clearly the narrator doesn't understand the material. He uses sarcasm when the author is not being sarcastic, makes huge reading mistakes (he calls Louise Erdrich "Louis," for example), and changes meanings by emphasizing parts of sentences that don't make sense.
Fortunately, the writing makes the awful reader less damaging.
I love the fact that I can listen to a capitalist who can distinguish between reality (humans are not necessarily rational and the market will not necessarily create the best outcomes if left alone) and fantasy (free markets are the ultimate moral force). I now have a much clearer understanding of where the economy has gone wrong, and what can be done about it. Excellent!
This book is packed with useful ideas, thoughts, suggestions to take responsibility for making our homes happier and healthier. Love it! Now I intend to listen to "The Happiness Project."
This book bears repeated listening...it's wonderful to find a concise, informed, rational explanation of the stupidity of the low-fat diet and how many people are being hurt by
This book by an educated yoga practitioner helps to dispel some of the silly claims made by yoga teacher (toxins? really? what are they?) while sharing benefits and dangers so we can make informed choices.
This book is a million times better than "Waiter Rant." It's smart, funny, and tells me more than I want to know about the hospitality industry.
This book (a series of articles, really) is a fascinating look into the world of extremists and conspiracy theorists. Ronson is funny and a little off-kilter. He makes me laugh out loud, and then makes me shake my head at some of the people in the world.
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