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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Read with the Escape the City Website, 31 May 2013
This review is from: The Escape Manifesto: Quit Your Corporate Job - Do Something Different! (Paperback)
I write this review as an "escapee" who left banking 18 months ago and co-founded a B2B company, so it was interesting to read the book and see it from the "outside" looking in before one makes the leap of faith. I skipped the "adventure" and "get a new job in social enterprise etc" chapters, as they don't interest me, and have to say that the book is 5 stars for inspirational writing alone!

Great aspects:
1. Really emulates the true nature of leaving a job (people who are supportive, people who want you to fail to justify their trapped lives) which is overlooked and not to be underestimated.
2. Quotes very relevant throughout the book (once you are your own boss you can never go back, start small and grow etc)
3. It's very easy reading so there's no excuse not to read it.

Less than great points (not negative aspects per se, just my thoughts):
1. Lacks detail about executing a startup - but the book is about "escape" so I understand the reason to avoid what could be another 100+ (or 1000) pages. Best left to another book.
2. Talks too much about Escape the City as the "business" - they have 1000s of members they could have prepared case studies on, rather than just insert a few random people with/out context in 1-2-3 sentences. People like to read actual stories rather than fillers, and having an escape story distilled makes you appreciate an escape (alas, once again, the benefit of the ESC website is invaluable here)
3. More corporate horror stories about the future that awaits if you stay - the ESC e-mails are brilliant as are the cartoons - shocking people never goes amiss to force action.

This book is essential reading, and despite the fact that it doesn't present a roadmap to an escape (it doesn't pretend too if you read the cover), it will get people to think about what they do every day.
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