Mr Bizot speaks without the common human allure of dehumanising the "monster," much like the "monsters" dehumanise their victims, so as to comfortablyMr Bizot speaks without the common human allure of dehumanising the "monster," much like the "monsters" dehumanise their victims, so as to comfortably live knowing our own humanity secludes us from ever committing such crimes.
We are presented with a unique and fascinating account of a man who witnessed the compassion of "the man" within Comrade Duch and later had to understand the atrocities that "the monster" within Comrade Duch was willing to commit. With startling prose, we are led, transfixed towards an understanding of the human nature of Duch and as always with understanding comes love. Then, kicked out into the street, feeling naked and ashamed we attempt to comprehend every genocidal degradation and torturous act he ordered or carried out with vicious brutality; our mind staggers.
We are all human, there is a raging monster in every single one of us. From Steve Biko to Anders Breivik and Hitler to Christ, a crucial battle must be fought within us every single day....more
“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for th“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
This is a fantastic exploration of motivation and the human mechanisms that inevitably hinder our pursuit of it. Whilst there aren't any epiphanies from Burchard he does hammer home what the few good books on human motivation do; be truthful with yourself....more
From paragraph one it is decidedly clear that Martyn Dawes - successful high-growth entrepreneur - is not a good writer. With the whole wide world ofFrom paragraph one it is decidedly clear that Martyn Dawes - successful high-growth entrepreneur - is not a good writer. With the whole wide world of ghostwriters available to him, Mr. Dawes succumbs to the parasitic 'entrepreneur's curse.' He believes himself the best fit for every task, consequently denying the reader of anything more than talk of a need for passion - realising a book with a decided lack thereof.
Here's one gem that shone through (evocative but sadly not his words):
"On the plains of hesitation, bleach the bones of countless millions, who, at the dawn of victory sat down to rest, and resting, died." - George W. Cecil...more
Reviewers have criticised Howard Schultz's 'egotistical account of how amazing he and Starbucks are...' but that's not how I see it. At first glance hReviewers have criticised Howard Schultz's 'egotistical account of how amazing he and Starbucks are...' but that's not how I see it. At first glance he does appear to have a glimmer of narcissism but on further exploration it is a sincere and passionate love for his company - Starbucks - that drives his tone throughout.
On entrepreneurship: "The entrepreneurial journey is not for everyone. Yes, the highs are high and the rewards can be thrilling. But the lows can break your heart. Entrepreneurs must love what they do to such a degree that doing it is worth sacrifice and, at times, pain. But doing anything else, we think, would be unimaginable."
Schultz's journey began when, already working for Starbucks as head of marketing, he was on a business trip to Italy where he witnessed an artist of the coffee world. As he sat and watched this barista make espresso he had a transcendent realisation - "This is not his job, [he] thought, it's his passion."
Since that day Starbucks has exposed many people to coffee's magic creating a revolutionary 'third place' outside of home and work where people can connect with others and reconnect with themselves. Even as Starbucks fought for its life in the American economic downturn and some critics referred to it as an 'affordable luxury,' the passionate leadership team still believed - "The Starbucks Experience - personal connection - is an affordable necessity. We are all hungry for community."
"I found myself talking to my feet. I personalised them to such an extent that they were two separate beings needing help. The left one was very slow"I found myself talking to my feet. I personalised them to such an extent that they were two separate beings needing help. The left one was very slow to warm up and, after conversations with the right one, we decided I had better concentrate on rubbing it hard. And all the time my external mind was putting its spoke in as well." - Doug Scott (on spending the night bivouacking in a snow cave with Dougal Haston at 28,700ft with no sleeping bag or down suit after a successful summit)
Although intermingled with tragedy - the first ascent of the South West Face of Everest in 1975 was a daring and phenomenal achievement. Chris Bonington's account as expedition leader is a fantastic insight into a large scale expedition and his involvement of each climber's journal entries is insightful however he doesn't speak of adventure with the same yearning and zeal that Edmund Hillary manages to capture in his autobiography 'Nothing Venture, Nothing Win': https://www.goodreads.com/review/show......more
The attributes that got them to the top: average climbing skills, willing to go fast and hard!
This will always be a classic mountaineering tale read fThe attributes that got them to the top: average climbing skills, willing to go fast and hard!
This will always be a classic mountaineering tale read for generations to come and Hillary's comedic and highly personal voice makes it an enjoyable 250 pages to read.
Even if you're a climbing/adventure fan it can be dry at times and the author's autobiography 'Nothing Venture, Nothing Win' includes this account in much more concise terms as well as countless other brilliant and formidable tales.
...a tribute to discomfort:
"Life was pretty grim when we settled down for the night. [a lot of things that would make a hobbit squirm] But nothing seemed able to disturb Shipton (the Eric Shipton). Sitting in his sleeping-bag, with his umbrella over his head to divert the drips, he puffed at his pipe and read a novel in the flickering light of a candle. He couldn't have looked more contented in an easy chair at home in front of a cosy fire."...more
“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”
Edward 'Bear' Grylls' life story so far is pretty epic - an endurance t“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”
Edward 'Bear' Grylls' life story so far is pretty epic - an endurance tale about how pursuing your passion with a wild dedication can score you an island, a clothing range, and a damn good set of survival skills.
...a profound phrase, heard by Richard Parks at his grandmother's funeral would become the lynchpin to puThe horizon is only the limit of our sight...
...a profound phrase, heard by Richard Parks at his grandmother's funeral would become the lynchpin to pull him out of a twenty-one day self-deprecating stint of solitude, after the abrupt injury-induced end to his professional rugby career, to become the first human to reach all seven summits and three poles within the same calendar year - he did it in less than 7 months!
Richard (Parksy) Parks' humbling account follows his five year journey through the most extreme environments on our planet whilst skiing, mountaineering, cycling, and running - constantly pushing boundaries both physical and mental. From an agoraphobic in a white room dealing with all forms of depression he transcended his mental barriers to achieve a world first and more in just two years.
He wasn't by all means the first human to put his body and mind through hell in search of that beautiful mistress 'adventure' but he now boasts a whole list of achievements - a list of firsts! An awesome story that keeps you riffling from page to page whilst portraying a fascinating comparison between a professional rugby career and extreme athletics at the edge of the world.
An adventurer at heart - an endurance professional - Parksy is now unarguably one of the world's leading extreme-environment athletes....more