I only got through forward, introduction and a couple of chapters. I hate books like this.
I agreed with everything I read in this book. That can be OKI only got through forward, introduction and a couple of chapters. I hate books like this.
I agreed with everything I read in this book. That can be OK in a book if it can help with greater integration or something, but this is an example of one of those books that does pulpit-pounding preaching to the choir. It Godwin's Law-s itself in the first few pages and blasts the opposition with turns of phrase and arguments that aren't even that clever.
No one could possibly be convinced by this book. It would be hopelessly alienating to anyone who believed in public education or who even was unsure on the topic. It won't do anything to change the world. I don't know why such books are read or written.
I imagine that this book is popular with Objectivists. The person who put it my hands is one and the person who put it her hands is one. We Objectivists make this mistake over and over again. We build inward-looking communities with no challenge and then celebrate work like this. We enjoy being spoon-fed lines such as that the literacy rate was higher before the institution of public education was created and we pass such things back and forth. The first time someone reasonably intelligent comes along who is well informed, but disagrees, and challenges such a notion by saying something like that the time that is being celebrated not only disqualified a large slave population but also limited to little or none the education received by the poor and that if you limit the analysis of public education to those children of wealthy people today the literacy rate is essentially 100%, we either tend to fall back arguments of dishonesty or fundamental claims that public education requires force and initiating force is evil.
Initiating force *is* evil and that is the basic reason why school and state should be separated. But every single person who believed that after reading this book believed it before... and they don't understand it better. The prospect in reading a book like this is to gain a more nuanced understanding of the matter so that applying the notion that the initiation of physical force as evil isn't a mere deductive matter, but one that can be seen in the particulars in this particular space. I grant that I read only a very limited amount of the book because its style so annoyed me, but it wasn't headed in that direction. Rather it was headed toward simple demagoguery with an already aligned audience.
May re-write this after I have coffee. :-) ...more
This was an enjoyable read. It is a collection of blog post-sized articles from entrepreneurs and mentors. The topics were enjoyable and there were soThis was an enjoyable read. It is a collection of blog post-sized articles from entrepreneurs and mentors. The topics were enjoyable and there were some items that were absolute gems such as Don't Celebrate the Wrong Things which included the relevant post mortem of EventVue.
The short, quick-fire style makes for nibbling quick bites from the book. What you really need is to set aside small bits of time ideal for reading two or three pages. :-)
It is a theoretical description, roadmap and workbook for how to think about aspects of marketing, sales, business developmenThis is a brilliant book.
It is a theoretical description, roadmap and workbook for how to think about aspects of marketing, sales, business development and even engineering for a startup and how they differ from processes you should follow in a mature company. It is a step-by-step process you can follow to do these things well written in a way that even an engineer can process and follow successfully.
My own experience is in startups is that sometimes the early vision is so good that these things work themselves out by luck or else things just go badly and create a death spiral. This book provides a way that you can iterate and improve and make things work in the same way you do with technical projects. It's a brilliant find!
Anyone in a leadership role in a startup should read this book role in a startup should read this book. Even if you're well-underway, this will help improve your thinking in spots. If you're at the very beginning, it may give you an entire strategic execution plan.
This was a nice first step into some of the new thinking going on about the game. It is an interesting experience to know a topic really well and getThis was a nice first step into some of the new thinking going on about the game. It is an interesting experience to know a topic really well and get to see a paradigm shift happen. Not everyone who gets old gets to go through that experience, but I'm sure everyone who goes through that experience feels old....more
While I enjoyed getting a feel for the basic thesis of the book, this was a deeper dive into marketing than I was looking for. It strikes me as the soWhile I enjoyed getting a feel for the basic thesis of the book, this was a deeper dive into marketing than I was looking for. It strikes me as the sort of thing that I may have a business reason to dig more into later, but for the time being my interest level wasn't high enough for me to finish it. I'm trying to learn that when a bedside book takes convincing and speeches to myself for each time it is picked up that sometimes it is best to declare defeat. ...more
First and foremost, it is a well-written autobiographical story of someone who lived interesting experiences. I alI enjoy this book on so many levels.
First and foremost, it is a well-written autobiographical story of someone who lived interesting experiences. I almost always enjoy such books. Strauss's exploration of the seduction community and complete immersion in it makes for an excellent story.
That was the primary level on which I enjoyed the book when I read it in 2007. Since then, I developed an interest in deception detection, body language, universal emotional expression and related things. On this reading of the The Game, I found a lot of content that resonated with that stuff. I found it true in both directions: There were things that I read and found myself thinking, "That should be true / work given these other things I understand." and, "That has interesting consequences for extending such-and-such knowledge." That sort of bi-directional reinforcement build a lot of confidence and makes me much more convinced than I was last time that these guys are on to something real and it isn't just a nice story.
While I have little interest in the seduction practices that provide the backdrop of this book, these are basics in dealing with relationships and people. There are clearly things to be learned here about long term relationships. What's even more exciting is that I suspect there is quite a bit to learn that could be related to interactions in radically different parts of life. ...more
This comes off as a collection of war stories from a police detective. I get the impression that the guy is good at what he does, but it is of limitedThis comes off as a collection of war stories from a police detective. I get the impression that the guy is good at what he does, but it is of limited value for learning....more
This is the best general-purpose book on body language that I've found.
When I got obsessively into this topic a few years ago, I consumed a large numbThis is the best general-purpose book on body language that I've found.
When I got obsessively into this topic a few years ago, I consumed a large number of books ranging from the trivial and almost silly to dry, academic work. This book is appropriate to general audiences, goes into a lot of detail even citing much of the more academic work I read, offers practical advice and does it all in a very practical way. I feel sure nearly everyone can benefit from this, improving their own communication and better understanding the non-verbal aspects of the communication of those around them.
2014: This bears repeating occasionally. I retain more each time. ...more