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Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
by Keith Ferrazzi
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars If You are a Human Being ... Get This Book!, 2 Feb 2014
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Whatever you do, wherever you live, this book is relevant to you. We all have to deal with people on a long-term basis to move forward in life. I highly recommend this book, in particular for business people. Especially if you are experienced, because it provides a fresh perspective on making your life even more productive and fulfilling by maintaining relationships and honing your personal "brand". A great read, well structured, easy to digest with lots of practical advice.


Management Consultant: Mastering the Art of Consultancy (Financial Times Series)
Management Consultant: Mastering the Art of Consultancy (Financial Times Series)
by Richard Newton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding Overview of Management Consulting, 2 Feb 2014
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A well-written, clearly structured and very practical guide to management consulting. Even as an industry veteran of 30 years, I found this book useful and the source of new ideas. I highly recommend It to anyone interested in the field, whether a novice or experienced practitioner.


Dubai & Co.: Global Strategies for Doing Business in the Gulf States
Dubai & Co.: Global Strategies for Doing Business in the Gulf States
by Aamir A. Rehman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.21

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid background reading on the Gulf States, 28 Dec 2008
Overall, this is a very good book. It is well written and structured, with good chapter summaries. Business-like and accessible. I do have a couple of criticisms however.

I found that the descriptive information (history, culture, business practices) was much stronger than the proscriptive information (business strategies, organization structure, etc). The latter tended to be quite generic and could easliy apply to doing business in many international locations, not specific to the Gulf. The author is clearly not a marketing expert, these sections did not add a great deal of value for an experienced professional and seemed to be directed towards an audience who had never done business outside the U.S. before.

Also, from a business strategy perspective, there is a strong focus on consumer goods and financial services, very little about B2B or industrial selling situations, which I would like to have seen more of.

In sum, while not without its flaws, the book is still well written and certainly of value to someone wishing to do business for the first time in the Gulf States.


Speak in a Week! Flash! Arabic: 1001 Flash Cards (Speak in a Week): Essential Vocabulary for Effective Communication
Speak in a Week! Flash! Arabic: 1001 Flash Cards (Speak in a Week): Essential Vocabulary for Effective Communication
by Inc Penton Overseas
Edition: Cards

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed review, 20 Dec 2008
i am only luke warm on these flash cards. yes, there is a lot of vocabulary, sorted by color into nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. but, the classic reference words like allah (god), salaam (peace), etc. are all missing. while the arabic is written on the FRONT, so is the transliteration, making them not nearly as useful if you are trying to learn to read arabic as well (unless you always cover up part of the front - impractical). in arabic, why is "the apple" written to include the article "al" (important, as this changes letter shapes) but with "the broom", the article is left off? very inconsistent. "an island" is listed under nouns that start with "a" because of the particle "an". it just doesn't make sense to me.


Teach Yourself Beginner's Hindi (TYBL)
Teach Yourself Beginner's Hindi (TYBL)
by Rupert Snell
Edition: Paperback

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding introduction to Hindi, 27 Nov 2007
Based in India now, I have been using this book for several weeks. I have made outstanding progress. The texts are clearly laid out, the accompanying CD should most definitely be used as well. I like the fact that the texts are all shown in both Devanagari and Roman script, very helpful.
There are no shortcuts, Hindi is not the easiest language. But with persistence and quality support like this book/CD you will definitely learn Hindi.
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How the Fender Bass Changed the World
How the Fender Bass Changed the World
by Marcus Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.76

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine book on development of electric bass, not only Fender, 14 Dec 2006
I like this book and recommend it to anyone who is interested in the bass (even if you play contrabass, it is valuable and highly interesting!). The book starts with the early development and transition from the double bass to the electric bass and the major influence this phenomenon had on modern music. I don't find the book to be biased toward Fender, the author mentions and illustrates many other brands. Most striking is the dramatic effect that reliable, amplified electric basses had on modern music. A good read, well illustrated, objective.


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