I picked up this title after reading Unshakable as my first real introduction to Tony's work. After finding Unshakable so engaging and filled with a great deal of useful, practical, and well presented information, I thought I should look into his other stuff. This was the first step in that.
Whilst I'm sure there's some useful information in there... It's not an easy read. The majority of it reads more like a rant with excessive (and repetative) explanation. It gives it a patronizing feeling, unfortunately.
I obsessively read the books I start. Until now there has only ever been one book I had such similar difficulties with, and I still managed to force myself to choke it down in the hopes it improved. That isn't the case here.
Ultimately I ended up skimming about 55-60% of the book in search for improvements in the writing style. Regrettably I only found that it would have probably been better to turn each chapter into it's own book. There's too much over too many subjects, with far too little meat to the content. I sincerely find the majority of it is just repetitive fluff of "do you remember when I said x? Do you remember when I reminded you when I said x? Do you remember when I reminded you about reminding, about when I said x?". It comes across as an assumption that I'm an idiot and can't follow the logic without it being reiterated every paragraph.
It's just too much. I ultimately haven't taken anything away from this read, I don't believe, whereas the absolute opposite is true with Unshakable. Perhaps I'll find his other work to be... less painful to read. In this case, I couldn't truly read it.
For clarity, I've been trying to read this for about 2 months. I usually read and finish a book within a few days when I enjoy it and it's content. I'd read 2-3 pages and want to pluck out my own eyes, then put it back down. Then stubbornly return to it. I can't keep doing it though, so I'm moving on now. Too much else to read to keep wasting time on this.
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; UK ed. edition (20 March 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743409396
- ISBN-13: 978-0743409391
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.8 x 19.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 322 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)