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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-18

Wise words, brutal mindset, irrevocably religious

I feel that Dr. Peterson's words could straighten a soon-to-be mass shooter back into a life of virtue and prosperity. He looks at the pains of modernity in the eyes, and wrestles them into submission with sheer fearlessness, brutality, and knowledge. His fundamentally brutal opinions and mindset might not be for everyone, but at least nobody can say he is ever dishonest.

As an atheist myself, I am left with a lingering fear that his profound, monumental reasonings could be rather mental gymnastics to boil everything down to the Bible, which he frequently cites throughout the book. But the truth is that whether his positions are more or less rational is actually a superfluous concern here. What matters most is that in this book Dr. Peterson offers a palpable, understandable, immediately actionable mindset to sort out puzzles of life in today's world, and be good, do good, become better, prosper.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

A motivational masterpiece for the ages

At moments his advice slips into idealistic righteousness, but Hubbard's words are nevertheless so illuminating and timeless that you would believe they were written ten years ago. Everyone should read and reread this book, from the tender child to the jaded elder.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-18

A classic for the ages

It is amazing to see that the foundations of modern metropolitan society were already laid out in 1936, when this book was originally published. The author lived in New York City and his lessons apply mostly to ambitious professionals living in centralizing urban areas such as the largest cities of each state. He talks about how to criticize, how to persuade, how to be an agreeable person, even how to approach negotiations. It is quite apparent throughout the book that the author holds meticulous knowledge and admiration of past U.S. presidents and leaders of major corporations. This book is a classic, and if nobody told you anything you could easily believe it was written in 1980 or so.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Waste of time

Tons of pseudoscience with only tiny grains of useful insight. This book is just another pile of self-help yada yada that preys on a fragilized reader's thirst for answers. The author throws names of anatomical structures and neurotransmitters here and there, to try to pass as academical. I suggest you skip this book and try "Attached" by Amir Levine instead -- the latter at least won't try to convince you there exist hard scientific support when there is none.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-17

Interesting

This is not a book. This feels like a weekend night TV series, but in audio. The author walks you through his investigation with his narrative and the real voices of the people he interviewed. His investigation was not rigorous like a documentary, but rather for the sake of interestingness and curiosity. It is, however, a sober work that does bring out important overarching realities. The stories are not about delusioned young women falling victim to the porn industry.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-17

Rather poor

If you know what a memory palace is, this audiobook is not for you. If you don't, this roughly summarizes this audiobook: to memorize German vocabulary, use your imagination to attach something specific to each letter of the alphabet, then for every new word beginning with that letter you use your imagination again to make that thing do something that reminds you of the word. Then practice remembering it every day. At the end there are some links and orientations that can be useful, though.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-17

A true call to arms against financial abuses

Throughly and masterfully illustrated with recent, ongoing, real life examples of the abuses of the many players in the health care business, this work is an outright unashamed call to arms for us, patients, or consumers, to insurge against every touchable corner of the health care system, its perverse incentives, and its inefficiencies. A well crafted journalistic work from Rosenthal.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-16

Comprehensive but sometimes shallow and hyped

A wonderful book nevertheless. Reviews galaxies of elements and assembles them into insights about their possible impacts.

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