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This Is A MUST Read Book For EVERYONE, Independent Of Industry Or Vocation!!!
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2019
When I wrote this review there were only 37 reviews with only THREE reviews not giving the book a 4 or 5 star review, so I only read those three reviews which consisted of single review that each gave the book: 1 star, 2 star and 3 star reviews. The 3 star review was really just a neutral review, so let's ignore that one "low" review.
Of the other two "low" reviews, there was a VALID critic of not defining less-than common acronyms when they are first used, which was a bit annoying, but with an internet search the annoyance was resolved; I am actually surprised the editors or reviewers did not catch this? ;-)
With the acronym annoyance aside, this was an amazingly valid book based on my personal experiences in: business, law, finance, technology and "real-world" economics!
What I really liked most about the book was his use of analogies throughout history to make connections to trends that can easily be seen with the great benefits that hindsight provides; particularly with the center of the universe analogy relating to the fallout created by Copernicus but having a greater actual impact on Galileo, which is a well established fact! This book has given me a totally new view of history...beyond the Copernicus/Galileo story!
Having just left a corporate job with a "legacy" company just two months prior to finishing the book, while reading this book I felt like the author was describing the problems and challenges for the company that I was working at to a tee! It was as if he was in the same meetings and actually eased dropped on my private discussions with upper management...like WOW!!!
While many people can read the same book, they will not have the same reading experience as we bring our unique life experiences to the book that controls and/or greatly influences how we interpret what an author writes.
While another critic from the "low" reviews, was that the author wandered too much. However, since he was trying to make connections that spanned not just the last 20, 30 or 40 years, but several centuries of human history, it is highly probable that someone might get the perception that the author wandered too much, but for me he was just weaving things together from the VERY distant past and the not so distant past into both the present and the future!
As for the final, and most damming critic, that he is wrong, well given my personal experiences in the trenches I saw first hand that he was totally on target on so many fronts that it sent chills down my spine to know that our collective struggles, including for those individuals in charge and making the calls at the top, were based on such bad fundamentals. The reality is far worse than he painted as he forgot to mention the premature deaths by so many great people and zombification of those who feel that I left behind to struggle in an environment that they might never escape to achieve a happy and fulfilling life! :-( To claim with just a few words in a review and ZERO support for your assertion that the author is wrong is a disservice to EVERYONE who is working SO hard on this planet to move humanity forward! It is for this reason that I recommend that this book is A MUST read book for EVERYONE, independent of industry or vocation. By the way, I intentionally used the word "vocation" as the knowledge in this book will help EVERYONE understand why they are struggling so hard and may never get a break no matter how hard or smart they work; independent of their line of work.
If someone does read this book and does not understand a concept being discussed consider asking for help from others or maybe recommend that the book be chosen as part of a book club or book group, but not reading this book will put your future at risk as others will be reading it and they will be at a major advantage over you!
I hope this review helps at least one person out there so that my time was well spent! ;-)