A must read for parents of young children. This book cuts through the education and learning hype.
The book examines the pros and cons of four educational systems Korea, Finland, Poland and the United States and comes up with some interesting observations and recommendations.
Always wondered why some celebrities, for example Joan Rivers in comedy, Gene Simmons of Kiss in music, with good but not great talent, grew ( in Gene's case from impoverished beginnings) into multi, multi millionaires while other groups ended up dead broke. This book explains it all.
Part rags to riches to rags to riches success story, part Music Business 101, part lesson in drug addiction, part lesson in love and marriage, part intelligent loner rocker taking a philosophical look back his band and his life, and yes, part rant at unscrupulous managers and at frontman Tyler with whom Perry obviously has a classic love/hate relationship. At the end of the book you feel like you've spent the day with that quirky neighbor who can get on people's nerves but about whom you say, "I just love that guy."
Joe Perry came from an upper middle class family, quit prep school rather than cut his hair, then took a job a manual labor job while he pursued his music career. That determination, drive, and stubbornness never left him.
Later in their careers the band was listening to a song which Tyler suggested they cover. Didn't happen, "That's our song", he was told. Shades of Spinal Tap here and when Perry describes attending Aerosmith concert after he quit the band.
Surprising how many times this Toxic Twin talks about wanting his dad's love and approval.
Overall great read.
Turney Duff takes us from his days as a wide eyed newbie at Morgan Stanley, through his trading days at Galleon, Argus Partners and J.L. Berkowitz in a book which one hopes was as self healing for Duff to write as it was interesting for us to read. Throughout the book you keep asking yourself, "how bad can this get" and saying, "I know this isn't going to end well, when does the train hit the wall." When done, it leaves you asking the age old question, "How could someone who had everything let it get so out of control?"
Some good stuff on Galleon and its founder/felon Raj Rajaratnam, more examples of Wall Street putting self interests ahead of clients, an interesting take on Jim Cramer, and the obvious lesson on the danger of drugs.
Some negative reviews call this a Dean Karmazes self congratulatory novel. To me this was a step by step history lesson of a man that didn't see purpose in his business life, decided to change that and turned to ultra running to get in touch with his spirituality. We are taken through his first run after the epiphany (which took him weeks from which to recover), through a number of other races where Dean discusses his self doubts and the inner being that drives him. Along the way we are introduced to a cast of memorable characters. At the end of the book you feel if Dean can do, why not me? Very inspirational.
Kind of boggles the mind to think mankind has been around hundreds of thousands of years. First part of the book is an evolution history lesson, second part is an examination of where we currently are and implications for the future. Very readable, Lieberman often points out evolution facts (learned through fossil discoveries) and assumptions. Some surprising facts like most people have 1-3% Neanderthal DNA and most of the world can be traced back to a small community of 14,000 people in Africa. Overall, Lieberman has made what could have been a very dry book, come to life.
Bought this book to use credits. Got one of my favorite books of all time. Part collection of some of the eccentric characters that seem to be prevalent in ultra marathoning, part ultra marathon history, part lesson in the science of running. Stars of the show are the Tarahumaras of the Mexican Sierra Madre, a close community famous for running and their out of control corn beer infused parties. Barefoot Ted, Czech running revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, Billy and Jen, the hard partying former lifeguard couple, and Caballo Blanco are other characters that make this book a fun read/ listen
The GS manager who asked the female who was crying because a co-worker had been fired, "what did you major in at Villanova, emotionalism?" Typical
Any time he talked about what was said over the Hoot'n Holler.
In an industry where 70% of portfolio and hedge fund managers underperform the market in a good year, where failing bankers get million dollar bonuses, where we get a constant barage of BS artists posing as convincing prognosticators on CNBC every day, can anyone be surprised that Goldman Sachs looks after themselves before customers? Nothing new here, but a fun read nonetheless. This is why Warren Buffet tells recent college grads seeking jobs "to hold your noses and head to Wall Street".
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