This is a quick and interesting read. Part mini-biography, part business advice book, The Bathrobe Millionare recounts the days of one Internet entrep...moreThis is a quick and interesting read. Part mini-biography, part business advice book, The Bathrobe Millionare recounts the days of one Internet entrepreneur who rode the dual bubbles of the dot-com days and the real estate market to earn a mini-fortune while traveling the world. There are, undoubtedly, other people with similar stories who simply won't publish their own personal stories. I appreciated the humor throughout the book, the author's relative humble approach to his own success, and his free giving of some very useful pieces of advice regarding business and personal success.(less)
I could not have been happier to finish this book. I bought this book with the anticipation that it would be a well written historical narrative that...moreI could not have been happier to finish this book. I bought this book with the anticipation that it would be a well written historical narrative that lead me through the events of an uprising that has not been widely told in most of our history books. What I found was an author who not only was inexperienced in writing quality historical narratives, but also felt the need to quite forcefully inject his opinion and viewpoint on topics that were much larger than the purported focus of this book. That alone could have been tolerable if it were not for the fact that his implied opinions border on the level of conspiracy and are certainly well situated among the most extreme viewpoints.
According to the author, this uprising was responsible not only for shaping a significant part of New Orlean's history (a very believable argument), but was highly responsible for the U.S. winning the war of 1812, America's acquisition of land from Mexico, and ultimately the victory of the North in the Civil War. The author made no real attempt to hide his disdain for any prominent white male in U.S. History even going so far as to imply that Lincoln was not really in favor of emancipation, but rather was forced into emancipating the slaves. The epilogue only made things worse as there seemed to be an insinuation that Martin Luther King, Jr. was a pandering politician who was too cowardly to stand up to the injustices of that day.
The only redeeming value of this book is that it covers a period of history most people are unaware of. I remain interested in learning more about the uprising and some of the political formations that occurred within slave culture, but this book simply doesn't get the job done.(less)
I thought this was your typical political book, although I'm a sucker for books like these. I always find it terribly interesting to read about the in...moreI thought this was your typical political book, although I'm a sucker for books like these. I always find it terribly interesting to read about the inner workings of positions of power that have such significant consequence.
The chapters that dealt with 9/11 were by far the most interesting of the book. As with many presidential memoirs, the constant defense of decisions and outcomes got a little repetitive and boring. (less)
This book lives up to its title as a primer. I rated this as 5 stars because I left the book convinced of Fr. Dubay's main message: if you aren't pray...moreThis book lives up to its title as a primer. I rated this as 5 stars because I left the book convinced of Fr. Dubay's main message: if you aren't praying on a regular basis, its time to start now.
The book goes through different types of prayer but certainly focuses most heavily on contemplative and meditative prayer. As a primer he does not go into great depth on each of these types of prayer. Rather, the text seems to be designed to leave the reader wanting to know more about these subjects once the reader has been sufficient convinced of their importance. There are quite a few practical points as well which, when directed towards yourself, can be a bit convicting ("Do I have time to pray?" - yes, you find time for the things that are important. "How do I deal with distraction?" "What do I do with dryness?", etc).
The only aspect of the book that I found a bit off-putting was the apparent inability to follow all of the advice. It is true that if God is the most important aspect of our lives we will make time to spend with him in solitude. It is also true that we will carry him in our minds and hearts throughout the day. But the idea that we can attend daily mass, pray a family rosary, participate in all of the hours devotions, engage in an hour of mental prayer, plus lead a family life, work life, and a life in our society is simply unrealistic. I do think, though, if pushed on that topic, Fr. Dubay would not recommend all of these items at once for the lay person, but rather a balancing with the order of importance being to make sure contemplative prayer is practiced daily, daily mass is attended if possible, and the hours read as one is able to do.
I am recommending this book to everyone that I know. It is, in my opinion, the most important topic for any of us to follow.(less)
After reading The Catcher in the Rye, I can see why assassins and crazy people are found with this book on their person. The first person narrative st...moreAfter reading The Catcher in the Rye, I can see why assassins and crazy people are found with this book on their person. The first person narrative style of the book has a fantastic rhythm and cadence which almost lulls a person to think in the style of the story teller. The story itself I felt was a bit banal and left me wondering if there was another book which would have offered a bit more in the way of substance for a story.
Although I enjoyed the writing style, the narrative, and while I did find the book to be an easy and quick read, I finished the book feeling a bit more empty than when I started. Maybe it is the result of being a classic that my expectations were higher, but I just didn't see this book as being one that I would return to again or recommend.(less)