The author presents facts demonstrating current demographic trends in America and the world in general. This book is a good lesson on demographics, thThe author presents facts demonstrating current demographic trends in America and the world in general. This book is a good lesson on demographics, their history and usefulness. I listened to the book as I understand and retain technical information better than reading by sight. Be ready for a LOT of statistics and numbers! It's not easy but Harry Dent does an excellent job of breaking the information down into understandable terms and explaining what the numbers mean. I don't agree will all of the author's assumptions but I am glad to have read his book. I will read it again soon. ...more
I was curious to read this book after attending a conference where it was referenced as a source to support our investing focus. I found the exerciseI was curious to read this book after attending a conference where it was referenced as a source to support our investing focus. I found the exercise very helpful and wanted to learn more. This is a business book. It contains a lot of information about administrative methodology and entrepreneurial endeavors. The author expands current assumptions about business with a view toward the future and what it will mean for all of us. Included are a lot of stories about past businesses and personalities who have achieved unconventional success. One section deals with the cliche "go to school, go to college, get a degree, get a job, work in your field, start a business". This is no longer the certain path to success! I enjoyed learning about the new trends and how they are already affecting America and the world....more
Yeah, I read it! I was wondering if I should read a fictionalized history targeted at elementary school students and then thought "Get over yourself!Yeah, I read it! I was wondering if I should read a fictionalized history targeted at elementary school students and then thought "Get over yourself! Of course you should!".
It took me a few pages before I acclimated to the style of writing. After humbling myself sufficiently, I really got into the story. It was a 'test' to see how much I could remember from my elementary school days and how accurately I knew the facts about the Pilgrim migration to the New World. (There's an actual test for kids at the end of the book!) Sure, I remembered making Pilgrim hats, Indian feathered headresses, etc. I also remembered how proud I was as each of my three boys learned the truths about our founding families. Their education was my re-education!
What a fun way to review (or learn for the first time) the suffering and challenges experienced by these brave people. These were the original and epic entrepreneurs! I couldn't help but draw comparisons to the immigrants here in Silicon Valley who have given up their country, their families, their homes, their culture, food and language, in seeking an asylum from tyranny or simply a profoundly better economic opportunity. Would you, could you, ever imagine leaving your homeland for a new life in a new land? Talk about risk taking!!!
Add to that the danger from the wilderness, facing a brutally cold winter without a home to snuggle in, foraging and hunting for subsistence food, unsanitary, stinking sleeping quarters on board ship, rancid food and water contributing to widespread illness.... Wow. It's difficult to conceive of their lives. Careful and accurate attention was paid to the Native Americans interacting with these new settlers.
The protagonist Rush Revere thankfully does not get into too much detail regarding the horrific beginnings for the Pilgrims and equal amount of lay-people traveling with them. No nightmares for kids! Mr. Revere includes two children and a sarcastic horse character to boost the curiosity and fun factors.
Appropriate especially for this time of year, this is a quick (250 pages) read reminding Americans about one of the historical foundation stones our country was built on. Can't wait for the next installment in this new series! ...more
I selected this book for my 'night' reading, aka reading before I go to sleep. I like to read light, funny and interesting books at this time, not thrI selected this book for my 'night' reading, aka reading before I go to sleep. I like to read light, funny and interesting books at this time, not thrillers or political subjects. Unfortunately, I often fall asleep during this time and it takes a while to finish a particular book!
In reading this book, I couldn't wait to get back to it and fought the Sand Man!
The story opens with descriptions of five women, each with varying issues confronting (or soon would be)them. I felt that the descriptions were accurate, current, and included idiosyncratic details that seemed appropriate to the issue being dealt with. It seemed that the representations for each woman aligned with friends I've known, making the stories more compelling to me.
Set in the Chicago area, the story follows these long time book club friends through a season culminating with a weekend at one character's summer home on a lake. While a bit idealized, this weekend was a fun way to summarize the growth each woman experienced personally while celebrating their lives together. I found I was smiling as I continued reading to the book's end....more
Completely enjoying this wonderful memoir by master chef Marcus Samuelsson. From his bleak beginning in war-torn TB epidemic Ethiopia to winning Top MCompletely enjoying this wonderful memoir by master chef Marcus Samuelsson. From his bleak beginning in war-torn TB epidemic Ethiopia to winning Top Master Chef AND serving the first state dinner at the White House, it's an epic and interesting wild ride. The author tells it like it was and includes his own shortcomings and failings along with his fantastic luck and skill. Expand your cuisine range and be very inspired to "chase the flavors"! YES Chef!
So good I'm listening to it again! You'll LOVE it!...more
While the style of writing made it slightly more difficult to read smoothly, the stories contained inside were engaging and fun. This book is set in aWhile the style of writing made it slightly more difficult to read smoothly, the stories contained inside were engaging and fun. This book is set in a lesser known region of Italy, Calabria. You know what that means don't you? Food! Bureaucracy! Quirky characters! Cultural events! Negative aspects like electrical shortages and otherlimitations are included as well, making this a more realistic look at living in a country that regularly changes governments, not for the better. ...more
What a great book to 'discover'! This amateur writer from Australia composed an engaging and fun story, taking me into his adventure starting with hisWhat a great book to 'discover'! This amateur writer from Australia composed an engaging and fun story, taking me into his adventure starting with his long-held wish to ride a Vespa through Tuscany, Italy. Sure, you may have read many books about this region (I have), but not like this! Prior to reading this book, I had a dream of riding a road bike through the region, but now I'm rethinking it. Taking my time ("Piano! Piano!") is my plan to really see, smell and feel all that this region of my ancestor's origin. Things don't go as planned, like life, no? But you'll be smiling and laughing as you 'experience' the joy of the people and places found in this unique region....more
Great memoir author Jen Lancaster departs from her usual genre, but not by leaving her crazy sense of humor behind! A fun read about an teen fiction aGreat memoir author Jen Lancaster departs from her usual genre, but not by leaving her crazy sense of humor behind! A fun read about an teen fiction author and her husband's foray into making their HGTV dreams come true. If you've been there, (the HGTV part), you'll relate to the craziness and unexpected surprises in renovating their new home. If not, here's a humorous look at the potentials and realities of do-it-yourself home projects, with some gangland violence, HOA terrorism, and Hollywood ridiculousness thrown in!...more