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The 4 hours-to-research-and-write book
1 July 2014
After reading the 4 hour workweek, I became a fan of Tim's, but was disappointed by this book. In the 4 hour workweek, Tim recommends a low information diet, lots of outsourcing, and being perceived as an expert rather than becoming one. I feel like this book is a result of these techniques.
In one section of the book, Tim tells you to avoid milk, and in another section he recommends milk. The different sections are directed towards different goals, however, so that's forgiveable, and I only mention it in the context of a book with altogether too many such inconsistencies. For example, in one section of the book, Tim says that a cold shower will wake you up like a foghorn, and in another section says that it will put you to sleep like an elephant tranquilliser. These are two very distinct experiences of a cold shower, which makes me question whether a) two different people wrote each section, or b) whether a single author with a gift for metaphor wrote both sections but has never actually had a cold shower.
In the end I put the book down when Tim said that one of the most significant technologies for reversing/preventing injuries was Vibram FiveFinger shoes, which have since become involved in a class action lawsuit as a result of their falsely advertised benefits.
A lot of what Tim recommends appears to have been plucked from mainstream/conventional "wisdom", much of which is disputed by experts. That, along with the numerous contradictions within the book, unaccompanied by any sort of explanation or even acknowledgement that the contradictions exist, made it very hard for me to take the book seriously or have any faith that the information Tim presented which I hadn't heard before had any actual value.
Your time (and money) would be better spent finding books written by actual experts in their fields. The Ultimate Diet 2.0 by Lyle McDonald springs to mind as a very well researched and explained prescriptive book on nutrition and body recomposition, written by an world class nutritionist: the kind of book you can take seriously.