Best $1.81 I've ever spent on a book. This is The American Dream come to life. An average Joe makes it to the final table of the WSOP and wins. This i...moreBest $1.81 I've ever spent on a book. This is The American Dream come to life. An average Joe makes it to the final table of the WSOP and wins. This is a real life Rocky story, and if suddenly Disney wanted to start make movies about poker this would be where they would start.
I have a soft spot for this book because I remember it unfolding in the summer of 2003. I had just graduated from college and as any 20-something guy can attest we all started playing poker much more heavily after Moneymaker's run was being broadcast almost daily on some form of ESPN. The Moneymaker effect on the public was huge. So big in fact the number of people entering the WSOP has not dropped off since Chris Moneymaker made his famous run back in 2003 .
I enjoyed reading about Chris's early days of playing with his fraternity brothers, and how his main game was sports betting long before poker. It's also funny to think how much of an average guy he was attending school, while trying to balance work and home life while worrying about paying off credit card debt like so many typical Americans.
For me the best part of the book starts on page 209 right after he won the 2.5 Million Dollars in the final. What do you do with all that money, where do you go out to celebrate? His wild and crazy next few days are documented in about 5 pages that made the book for me. If you're already familiar with the story or seen the 2003 tournament on TV, skip here and don't read anything else. (less)
In 1973 someone once wrote a book called A Random Walk Down Wall Street . In 2011 June White wrote a book that should have been called A Random Walk...moreIn 1973 someone once wrote a book called A Random Walk Down Wall Street . In 2011 June White wrote a book that should have been called A Random Walk Down MMA Lane . I have seen hours of Dana White via post fight interviews and especially through the Ultimate Fighter show, and this book seemed to just be a chronological re-stating of all the time prior to his run as UFC president. I was looking forward to having the curtain drawn back and getting a glimpse into the life of the UFC president.
It was a history, but to be honest it just wasn't that interesting. I should have known I was in for a rocky ride when the intro page featured both a Batman the movie Quote, as well as a misspelling on Theodore Roosevelt's name on a second quote. It was weird to see how someone's own mother could write a book that was so critical of them, it was jarring to read some of the things that were written, and much of it I could just see as family in-fighting. Every family has that though, so I don't know why I felt compelled to read a book about it. By the end it was like a Seinfeld episode. Why would people watch it "Because It's on TV". Why would people read this "Because It's a book", was my final sentiment.
Probably the telling tale here was success does change people, which is the positive I will take from this 140 pages. Additionally, it was nice to see Dana wasn't an overnight success and that he had tried and failed many times before hitting on the UFC. This story has played out time and time again, and this book further cements the idea that there are no short-cuts in life. It also is a cautionary tale about success, because even when you do succeed, you must remember to be nice to your mother. Otherwise...she'll write a take-down book about you. (less)
I would describe this as a more complicated Wizard of OZ, able to stick with the reader for a long time to come. Of the dozens of books I read every y...moreI would describe this as a more complicated Wizard of OZ, able to stick with the reader for a long time to come. Of the dozens of books I read every year, I'll repeatedly come back to many of the themes in this book. Also, I can honestly say it made be a better person for having read it. I can't say enough good things about, the book, and I'm a bit upset it took me this long to finally find it. Why isn't this being taught in school anymore?
It make me realize knowledge isn't everything, and that part of the human experience is emotion. The more intelligent Charlie became, the more he realizes how much suffering was in the world, so in a way his ignorance was truly bliss. It made me realize, we all will battle ignorance, emotion, and fear throughout our lives. Too much of one or the other and we lose balance. At different points in the book Charlie is like the Tin-Man (no heart), Scarecrow (no brain), and Lion (no courage), all wrapped into one. It also make me appreciate the fact that as one becomes more intelligent, it doesn't make them "better" than anyone else, just more intelligent. Treating everyone as a human is something many of us often forget to do in many different circumstances.
My only complaint was the lack of a "big finish" at the end. I'm not sure if I am just used to more modern writing which seems to have a "big finish" toward the end, or if being a few decades old, this was just not the way books were written that long ago. In any event, pick this book up you won't regret it.(less)
Skip this one. This book is pretty formulaic of most MMA biographies. Unless you are a hardcore fan, or have geographical ties to Frank Shamrock, I di...moreSkip this one. This book is pretty formulaic of most MMA biographies. Unless you are a hardcore fan, or have geographical ties to Frank Shamrock, I didn't get a lot out of this book. I still have been unable to find a better MMA story than Jens Pulver's book. I will say much of this does sound like it is coming from Frank directly which is nice, and I do enjoy him as a commentator, and think his exploits in the cage speak for themselves. It is hard be believe how far the sport has come in the last 20 years and hearing the cowboy like stories from the early days is fun, but for the casual fan there are a half dozen better books in front of this one in my opinion. (less)
A dilemma has been defined as "a situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or mutually exclusive.", and I...moreA dilemma has been defined as "a situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or mutually exclusive.", and I would agree with that assessment. This book made me think, and continues to make me think which is more than I can say for 80% of what I read. But, many of us have to get through the 80%, to find the 20% that challenges us. Through much of my professional career I've been searching to find better, faster, or cheaper solutions to problems using technology. This works in the software world where engineering a solution to a problem usually has a clear or at least best solution.
This book really woke me up to the challenge of the business world where you might not find a solution no matter what course of action you take. Basically you can be right and still lose. Even if your company is currently successful, looking back through history shows it may not be able to continue on that trajectory forever. The book does a fantastic job showing how companies that took the sustaining and disruptive approach fared over time across multiple product categories over time. In the end much of the traditional thinking of how to run a business (especially in technology) gets thrown out the window.
If you are just browsing or want the short version there is a book guide following the last chapter that would serve as a shortcut to those who have not read the whole book. Also, the charts bring to life some of the more complicated data discussed throughout the book. I intend to keep this one on my desk and loop back to it again, and use as a reference it was that good. Five Starts, totally recommend. (less)
I did not like this book. I was never forced to read it in high school, so I wanted to go back and try to see why it is touted as one of the best book...moreI did not like this book. I was never forced to read it in high school, so I wanted to go back and try to see why it is touted as one of the best books of the last 100 years. I struggled through it putting it down for months at a time, but had to give it a chance and try to get through it. Perhaps I am just not a fan of this type of disjointed multiple character driven story. Combine that with the fact I don't read much fiction and I'm not the ideal audience for this type of literature.
I never found myself drawn to any of the characters, and perhaps the excess that was the Gatsby of the 1920's didn't translate to me after living through the excesses of modern day. The most interesting part to me was to see what New York was like in the roaring 20's. Manhattan had more people living there in the 1920's than today in the 2010's. In fact almost 800,000 more people were crammed on to that little island. I guess that made the escapes to Long Island all the more enjoyable and meaningful when this context is included. I think I would have been fine to skip this one, and just watch the movie instead.
Even after reading, I can not get a good read on this guy. I am just never sure when he is being genuine and when he is in fight promotion mode. This...moreEven after reading, I can not get a good read on this guy. I am just never sure when he is being genuine and when he is in fight promotion mode. This theme carries over from those that know him from TV via as a Fighter, Coach, or Analyst. Chael is clearly a smart guy when it comes to the topic of wrestling, and fighting, and even comedy. I even tend to agree with him when it comes to most of his ideas and his politics, but sometimes I think he goes too far for a laugh. But, that is the downside of his shtick.
The last chapter of the book about what goes through his mind as he walks out to a fight is amazing. So much truth flows from the words he wrote here it is certainly a 5/5. Some of the other chapters are a 1/5. It was almost like they had this 5/5 chapter then tried to put some of his opinions on various topics to stitch together this voice of reason theme, and just didn't quite pull it off.
Funny and entertaining as always the chaos and lack of a clear theme of the book pull it down to a 3/5. (less)
I don't normally read fiction but when I do I read Jack Reacher. I got pulled into the Reacher universe after watching the movie, and I am certainly a...moreI don't normally read fiction but when I do I read Jack Reacher. I got pulled into the Reacher universe after watching the movie, and I am certainly a fan who plans to read more Lee Child in the future. I decided to start with #6 in the series because I live in Philadelphia and it was set in Atlantic City (at least in the first few chapters). I had no problem jumping into the middle of the series, as the book held up well on its own. The pacing was great as it moved quickly and kept me wanting to turn the page. The book also had some unique perspectives that made me actually learn some things.
I now have this morphed view of Jack Reacher after seeing how Tom Cruise played him in the movie, but in the books he is a much bigger person than Cruise. I really liked how Child wrapped up this book, there was an "a-ha" moment at the end that you just don't get in most business books I tend to read. This was a great story by a great writer and I am looking forward to reading more in the future. (less)
Rule #1 reads like a cookbook for Phil Town's system of buying stocks. There is a great deal of fluff in this book, but he does actually have a system...moreRule #1 reads like a cookbook for Phil Town's system of buying stocks. There is a great deal of fluff in this book, but he does actually have a system or algorithm for picking stocks. I have not tested it myself yet, but at least this is worthy of some further review.
I like when authors seem to have their own original direction instead of just rehashing what everyone else has already said. Town should be applauded for this. I did find his river guide shtick somewhat corny, it worked as a way to move the narrative forward and make the book read less like a text book.
While this is probably the diluted version of what Warren Buffet has probably written or Benjamin Graham has written, to me it was a great primer into their "family tree" of work. This was a great book, I'll keep next to my computer and test out some of the theories in the market. I can't believe it took me so long to find this one. (less)
I first heard about this book in a graduate school class and the rumor was Zappos would pay you $2,000 to quit after you made it through their trainin...moreI first heard about this book in a graduate school class and the rumor was Zappos would pay you $2,000 to quit after you made it through their training program. This intrigued me enough to read the book. After reading the book in less than a week I would have to place this book in the top 10% of all the books I have ever read, and can confirm the rumor was true.
What an interesting way to keep only those employees where were truly bought into the mission of the company. The book came out in 2010 and is already showing it's age as indicated by the comment "There will never be another 1997" on page 44. After getting thorough the back story of how Tony made his fortune and took over Zappos after being somewhat of a venture capitalist was interesting, and not what I expected. I thought it was unique that the CEO was not one of the original founders. Tony made some big bets along the way to ensure the viability of the company but their Ten core principals should be at the core of most businesses. You will probably find yourself thinking "Yes, this is the way it should be a work" at least once or twice while reading this book.
Some of the better parts of the story surround moving all their inventory to Kentucky, as well as Tony's love of Red Bull (page 75). The thing that pushes this over the top of most business books is that it really does give some insight into how unhappy Tony was, after he made his fortune, and how having a passion and a calling can make your life happier. If you really are into figuring out what would make you happy read the last chapter first. Like I stated earlier this is a great read that should be pushed up the list of nearly everyone.
I was not a fan of this book. Granted, it has a great title, a pretty good dust jacket, but the inside content is just so-so. Many of the businesses d...moreI was not a fan of this book. Granted, it has a great title, a pretty good dust jacket, but the inside content is just so-so. Many of the businesses described in the book were niche markets, which is fine but many of them could only support revenues large enough to support a paycheck for the owner of close to $50k.
The author did an ok job of "Selling the dream" of not having a paycheck and being your own boss but for me the ceiling just wasn't high enough and this book didn't seem like the stepping stone to a better life. Not a terrible read, but I would pass it up if you are on the fence.