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Martin Fierro

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Fascinating Story Well Researched & Read Superbly

This is a story we all should know.

A debt of gratitude is documented to the Irish, some of whom (when later refugees from famine) were greeted with signs stating "NINA" (No Irish Need Apply)

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-18

Superb Reporting, Clear Writing, Shameful Story

This seminal work connects many data points that otherwise seem contradictory or confusing. Perhaps more impressively it adds critical new information that had been hidden or which has been obscured by a fog of lies and name calling.

I believe it was Mark Twain who said "It is easier to fool a man than to convince him he has been fooled." But for those looking for truth (as opposed to trying to obscure it through ad hominum attacks) this work goes a long way toward (1) explaining where we are and (2) revealing much regarding how we got here.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Thorough Detailed Analysis--Not Just Name-Calling

As Mark Twain is quoted to have said,
It is easier to fool a man, than to convince him he has been fooled.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-17

Concise Clear Summarization of Valuable Info.

I have read several books by SJ Scott, who researches thoroughly and writes clearly.

Well worth my time.

I will listen repeatedly, as I consider this work not only a great listen, but also a helpful reference.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Very Useful & Well-Written - -But Needs an Update

I have listened to this book more than once, and found the information so helpful that I bought the physical book to use as a reference. Great job. It helps greatly to avoid pitfalls.

That said, the publication year of the physical book is 2015. In November of that year President Obama signed the "Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. This included language intended to close certain perceived loopholes in Social Security Law. I would greatly appreciate an update with the authors' comments on how this new law affects certain of the advanced-planning techniques discussed.

Before you try "file and suspend" or a "restricted application" for spousal benefits with the intention of allowing your benefits arising from your own work history to grow, you need to know about the changes in Social Security law that were hidden in this budget bill.

I still rate it five stars. But don't get too fancy without sophisticated awareness of post-publication legal changes.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-17

Valuable insights into the campaign

The book helped me to understand what happened in the campaign, but only alludes to what has happened, so far, or may be expected in the future from the Trump presidency.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-17

Summary of Strategy & Insights an Investment Giant

The treatment of the subject was engaging, though somewhat spotty, as it seemed to be based on clippings over the years.

That said the subject matter is of critical importance. Although directed toward investing, I found the principles discussed have great relevance to the solution of many problems of not only business but also life.

The way Charlie Munger thinks can be a valuable template for all problem-solving endeavors.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-17

Machiavelli World View Supported by Social Science

Science has value commensurate with the real world observations it explains or the future events it accurately predicts.

I don’t want this world view to be true. But I greatly appreciate the work and academic discipline that have led to such an ugly conclusion.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-17

An encyclopedic treatment of English History

This was detailed, but it was consistently interesting. Well worth the time to listen. It includes interpretations as well as factoids, but I felt these were reached on the basis of carefully weighing the evidence.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-17

Very Good Treatment of Important Topic

Well-done treatment of important topic. The first chapters provide theoretical foundation, which went a bit long for my taste. But the later chapters have a depth of examples of techniques to say "No" and make it stick.

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