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A Cut Above Most Self Help Books
on 1 August 2012
This is a very strong book and the fact it is so hard hitting and well structured differentiates it from most of the self help book genre. The author certainly pulls no punches and skilfully draws on his own instructive personal life experiences and an impressive bibliography to back up his arguments. There are sections of this book which are plain brilliant, not least the last chapter which is as stirring a call to arms as you will come across. However, I'm giving it four, and not five, stars for three reasons. Firstly, there is some padding and some of the anecdotes are a bit too long which slightly dilutes the punchy style. Secondly, whilst the author states this isn't a typical self help book, there are passages which struck me as familiar and slightly lacking in originality. And thirdly, I felt the book contradicted itself slightly in terms of pursuing your own (selfish) goals whilst showing compassion to war veterans, animal charities etc. - you may want to fly off elsewhere and pursue your lifetime passion/dream, and that's very laudable, but the harsh reality is we all have to keep the wolf from the door (mortgages, pensions etc.) and your wife, kids, ageing parents etc. might be worth considering in sticking to your slightly "sub optimal" lifestyle and I think those sort of considerations make you more of a man, not less of one ! All in, though, a great read and all very thought provoking and hats off to the author for differentiating himself in an overly crowded genre.