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Boyd Tschaggeny

Salt Lake City, UT
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  • Crashes and Crises: Lessons from a History of Financial Disasters

  • By: Connel Fullenkamp, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Connel Fullenkamp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Professor Connel Fullenkamp of Duke University guides listeners through four centuries of economic disasters - from tulip mania in the 1600s to the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Each of his 24 lectures covers a notable incident of financial misfortune or folly that is worthy of a Hollywood thriller.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining read about financial follies

  • By Brent Nyitray on 11-18-18

Interesting Content, but Poor Audio Presentation

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-19

There are some really intesting topics covered in this book, but the way they are presented falls short. The professor/narrator often references diagrams, figures, and charts. This is a huge problem when you are listening to the audiobook version of the lectures because you can't see anything he's referencing, but he's speaking to you as if you can see it. I think these would be great lectures to watch, but they are poor lectures to hear.

If you do listen to this, know that the course starts strong and gets worse as it goes along. That's because it's overall a chronological look at the finanical market and the older disasters are easier to describe without charts. You may want to listen to the first half of this course and then shut it off, it's only going to get worse.

  • The Prosperity Paradox

  • How Innovation Can Lift Nations out of Poverty
  • By: Clayton M. Christensen, Efosa Ojomo, Karen Dillon
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Clayton M. Christensen, the author of such business classics as The Innovator’s Dilemma and the New York Times best-seller How Will You Measure Your Life, and coauthors Efosa Ojomo and Karen Dillon reveal why so many investments in economic development fail to generate sustainable prosperity and offers a groundbreaking solution for true and lasting change. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Renewed Hope

  • By Yetunde on 01-29-19

How to Sustainably Lift Nations out of Poverty

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-19

Good people exist all over the world. When good people from wealthy nations see people in poor nations struggle to feed and cloth themselves, charity is usually the first thing that people think of. Huge charitable donations and programs are undertaken to provide relief to desperate people. Sadly, these programs are highly ineffective at combating the underlying issues. People without food will still not have food after the chartible donations have been consumed.

This book presents a more effective way for helping people who desperately need help: innovation. The theory of this book is that lasting change occurs in individual lives when those people are given jobs and jobs are most likely to be generated via innovation. To use a common adage: "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime". People will pull themselves out of poverty, as they are given the chance to do meaningful work that will provide themselves a living. Most people understand that, but this book does an excellent job at demostrating that it's innovation that creates those jobs most effectively.

This book is going to teach you a lot about market creation, innovation, and developing markets. It's an excellent read if you are interested in creating products, business, or helping stuggling people.

  • Hershey

  • Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams
  • By: Michael D'Antonio
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

In this compelling biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael D'Antonio gives us the real-life rags-to-riches story of Milton S. Hershey, a largely uneducated businessman whose idealistic sense of purpose created an immense financial empire, a town, and a legacy that lasts to this day.    

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Benchmark for Chartiable, Rich Men

  • By Boyd Tschaggeny on 01-30-19

The Benchmark for Chartiable, Rich Men

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Milton Hershey came from nothing and built himself into a success by failing over and over again. After failing enough time, Milton learned how to make caramel and later chocolate. Soon after his chocolate success, Milton began giving back to his employees and to the people in his community. Milton died with little wealth, but helped thousands of people ascend out of poverty.

This is a great biography. If you are looking for a person who did good with the wealth they were given, check this book out.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated

  • And the Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
  • By: Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz
  • Narrated by: Richard Harries
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238

In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi lays out the specific steps - and inner mindset - he uses to reach out to connect with the thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates on his contacts list, people he has helped and who have helped him. And in the time since Never Eat Alone was published in 2005, the rise of social media and new, collaborative management styles have only made Ferrazzi’s advice more essential for anyone hoping to get ahead in business.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book but could have been shorter.

  • By LL on 06-08-16

Great Networking Tips, but Too Longwinded

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I was hoping to get some great advice and tips on networking, which is exactly what this book provided me. The problem is that it's just too long for the amount of useful content it has to offer. You will have to listen to a lot of stories about the author's life and the life of people he looks up to before you'll receive the actual advice he has to give. This issue wasn't a big deal for the first half of the book, but it gets really tiresome by the end of the book.

This is a good book with good advice, but don't listen to the audio book. The narrator is monotonous and mispronouces words occasionally. Do yourself a favor and read this book in print. Then you can skim over the fluff and get to the good stuff this book has to offer.

  • Are u ok?

  • A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health
  • By: Kati Morton
  • Narrated by: Kati Morton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Are u ok? walks listeners through the most commonly asked questions about mental health and the process of getting help. From finding the best therapist to navigating harmful and toxic relationships and everything in between, licensed marriage and family therapist and YouTube sensation Kati Morton clarifies and destigmatizes the struggles so many of us go through, and encourages listeners to reach out for help. What are the red flags of a mental health issue? How do you go about making a first therapy appointment? How do you know if your therapist is a good fit for you?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Guide to the Mental Health Industry

  • By Boyd Tschaggeny on 01-08-19

An Excellent Guide to the Mental Health Industry

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-19

My sister has psychosis, depression, and anxiety. It's been difficult to help her because I've had no idea what to expect from the mental health industry. This book changed all that. I now know the difference between a phychiatrist and a psychologist, among many other professionals. I have also learned more about warning signs and how to support those who are struggling. Most of all, I've learned that mental health issues affect everyone and there's no shame in needing your own help (even if you aren't struggling with a diagnosable mental illness).

This is a fantastic book. I would highly recommend everyone read this, even if you don't know anyone who has a mental illness.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Smartest Guys in the Room

  • The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron
  • By: Bethany McLean
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104

The definitive volume on Enron's amazing rise and scandalous fall, from an award-winning team of Fortune investigative reporters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Past is prologue

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-11-10

A Gripping Story, but too Long-Winded

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Enron scammed the entire world for years because their house of cards came crashing down. This is a detailed story about what Enron did, who did it, and how they did it. It's a really interesting story that will make you wonder how these kind of companies ever have existed and which current company may be just like Enron.

For all the interesting content, it's still just too long and too detailed. You're going to hear about 30+ people and the events of their day to day worklives, which is just too much. This book should have been pared down to fewer characters and fewer events. A good book, but make sure you know what you're getting into.

  • The Richest Man in Babylon

  • By: George S. Clason
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,756

A modern day classic, The Richest Man in Babylon dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. These famous "Babylonian parables" offer an understanding of - and solution to - a lifetime's worth of personal financial problems, and hold the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and earning more money.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better Financial Control, Better Quality of Life

  • By will on 08-31-14

A Guide to Finacial Independance for All

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-18

This book centers around seven financial principles. However, it these principles aren't laid out in the typical essay format used in so many self-help books. Instead, these principles are conveyed via a story set in ancient Babylon. This story is great and worthwhile, even if there were no financial principles to learn.

This book is excellent. If you want to learn how to manage your money, check this out FIRST.

  • Up from Slavery

  • By: Booker T. Washington
  • Narrated by: Noah Waterman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471

Booker T. Washington fought his way out of slavery to become an educator, statesman, political shaper, and proponent of the "do-it-yourself" idea. In his autobiography, he describes his early life as a slave on a Virginia plantation, his steady rise during the Civil War, his struggle for education, his schooling at the Hampton Institute, and his years as founder and president of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, which was devoted to helping minorities learn useful, marketable skills.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reality Check!

  • By Mickens on 06-08-16

A Shinning Example of a Man

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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-18

I knew little of Booker T. Washington before I listened to this book. I'd heard his name referenced in history class once or twice, but that's about it. So, I went into this book blind... and I was completely BLINDSIDED. Booker T. Washington is an amazing man. What surprises me most is how relevant his thoughts and ideas are for today. Many people want the government to provide everything for mistreated people, not Booker T. Booker T. Washington wants to build men and women into to capable individuals who can provide everything they need for themselves. I really appreciated hearing his deep held beliefs on developing one's own abilities.

This is an excellent biography. The narrator is very stiff, but you get used to it. I would highly recommend this to everyone.

  • The Three Musketeers

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 23 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,692

Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Fun!

  • By A. A. Green on 05-17-11

Too Little Plot for 23.5 Hours

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-18

I really loved the starting to this book. D'Artagnan bursts onto the scene and into the lives of the three musketeers. I was pumped and really looking forward to this book. The book stayed good until about ten hours in... then it just kept going. I didn't really care about the characters or the plot by hour twenty. I only finished this book to finish it, I didn't enjoy it.

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,964
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,971
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,930

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking story of a meteoric rise and fall

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 08-14-18

A Silicon Valley Ponzi Scheme

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Theranos was heralded as a revolutionary company and Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos' CEO) as a once in a century genius. However, that perception was totally false. The company and CEO gained famed based on lies. Theranos was nothing more than a house of cards.

This book is incredibly interesting because Theranos used confidentially agreements to scare current and ex employees from voicing concerns to the general public. These agreements were then enforced by high priced lawyers. This book is amazing at showing how important honest communication is and how some people selfishly try to suppress it.