After reading this very entertaining and thought-provoking work in one day, the question that comes to mind is not why there are people who think they can get away with "it," rather why do their futile efforts to convince a "good" person to go along with their "scheme" not result in a "thanks for waking me up" when Daniel relates how he confronted these idiots. Having worked for some of the organizations whose functioning Daniel describes so eloquently, "Nothing but a Circus" answers practically every question I have had since those days.
His writing style gave me the distinct impression I was right there with him at every meeting and encounter, thinking with him about his every move and response to the umpteenth ridiculous proposition. Equally so, it is utterly refreshing to read that there are others out there who have everything in the right place, who care about outcomes, process and people. His account of the market in Angola and the locals' solution to the corruption that short selling introduces into the marketplace is striking and worth the read many times over.
I have found myself in a few situations like Daniel describes thinking why did I fall for this? How did I not see this coming? It's hard not to think about the emotional toll that feeling like a fool can have on a person but it's happened to myself so I know what he is referring to. These kinds of experiences must be there for a reason if only because otherwise we wouldn't know to which lengths conmen will go. One of his comments says it all when he ponders how much fleeting entertainment value he expects to get out of a seemingly pointless meeting.
Very insightful and highly recommended. I can't wait for a sequel.
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Press; 1 edition (30 April 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141984643
- ISBN-13: 978-0141984643
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 141 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)