This book is frequently referred to by many as the greatest novel ever written. I finally read the book to test this claim. I was amazed to experienceThis book is frequently referred to by many as the greatest novel ever written. I finally read the book to test this claim. I was amazed to experience Fitzgerald's use of language and imagery. When I finished it I simply re-opened the book to page one and began reading through a second time. I wanted to see more clearly how he had done it, without being pulled so forcefully into the storyline as always occurs on the first read-through. Fantastic!...more
Lincoln was not only a brilliant and good man, but also immensely wise. This book helped me to see some aspects of his character and operating style iLincoln was not only a brilliant and good man, but also immensely wise. This book helped me to see some aspects of his character and operating style in support of principles and practice that can be profitably applied by everyone. Two of the great lessons from the book that come to my mind after many years since last reading it are:
(1) Don't send potentially hurtful letters (emails) immediately after writing them. Instead, let them sit awhile to give time to rethink the message. Lincoln appears to have left many unsent letters of this sort, written initially in the grip of passion. It is a wise practice both for the thinking that can be done on paper when moved by emotions, but also that such messages are oft better kept for one's journal history and not embedded into the life of another person.
(2) Seek counsel from a wide variety of counselors, even those who don't naturally share your preferred perspective....more
I enjoyed this book for the thesis it presents -- That the four pillars of wealth creation: (1) The rational/scientific thought process, (2) Private OI enjoyed this book for the thesis it presents -- That the four pillars of wealth creation: (1) The rational/scientific thought process, (2) Private Ownership, (3) Capital Markets, and (4) Speedy communication, were finally aligned for the world to experience a radical trajectory shift in broad based prosperity beginning around 1820 and continuing through the the current day. Bernstein's defense of this theory is interesting to read, and is presented in many cases in chronological and geographical order. My greatest take away from the book was to become acquainted with the enormous foundation work within his suggested "key pillars," which occurred first in the Netherlands, then in England, and finally in America--all leading the super prosperity explosion post 1820....more
I read this book to observe how this modern day, successful author fashions his stories. Grisham is a master at forming and then resolving complicatioI read this book to observe how this modern day, successful author fashions his stories. Grisham is a master at forming and then resolving complications, which pulls the reader into a temporary, suspended reality. That said, I was not impressed that the book contains deeper elements of language and message as compared with historically great fiction....more
I have read this book at least four times and I am reading again even now for the fifth. This is a book that can be usefully reread every few years ifI have read this book at least four times and I am reading again even now for the fifth. This is a book that can be usefully reread every few years if one has the interest to present strong arguments, especially written research, and proposals. The book is one of my all time favorites for learning the writing craft.
I admit to coercing my High School-aged children to read it each summer once they reach the 10th grade. My goal is to help them assimilate this part of the writing process--which I believe is difficult to teach in the compressed time of a typical class. This book is used at the college level as a textbook, but it reads easily and is is a brilliant compilation by three committed and talented authors. This makes it surprisingly easy for most readers to cover.
The book is in its third edition now. I have carefully flipped the pages of the second and third editions and find there to be insignificant difference between the two; if so I would have immediately upgraded to the latest text. There is a big improvement between the first and second editions, however. We currently own four volumes in our home, and I think that my college kids might have swiped some of them when they left for school....more
This is my all time favorite book on persuasive writing. As of this review date, I have read the book thirteen times. My goal for this abundant contacThis is my all time favorite book on persuasive writing. As of this review date, I have read the book thirteen times. My goal for this abundant contact has been to super learn the concepts, which are otherwise difficult to perceive with only passing exposure.
I came upon this book in 1994 when my partner's girlfriend who was then the librarian at McKinsey and Company (NYC), the world famous management consultancy, lent the book to me, saying that it was considered the "Bible" of writing process at the firm. Barbara Minto created this masterpiece of thought leadership while employed there and then moved on to teach these concepts globally to most of the major consulting firms and to many of the Fortune 100.
The book teaches readers how to shape ideas into a disciplined order. Done correctly, this enables writers to communicate powerfully with future readers so that they can identify those communicated ideas--regardless of whether or not they ultimately agree with them--quickly and easily.
The book is targeted to the experienced and knowledgeable business reader, which makes the concepts difficult to grasp for the uninitiated. Much can be gleaned from the first couple of chapters, however, even for those with little business knowledge or vocabulary. And with perseverance and multiple read-throughs the concepts become easier and easier to assimilate. Obviously, I believe that multiple exposures to it is well rewarded in the end....more