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38 reviews

The Status Game: On Social Position and How We Use It by Will Storr

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4.5

Very informative, extremely thought provoking. Is changing the way I view the actions of people and groups. Taking away LOTS of notes. The second W. Storr book I’ve read, I really like his style. 
The Truth Detector, Volume 2: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide for Getting People to Reveal the Truth by Jack Schafer

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4.25

Extremely actionable. Slightly unnerving due to how simple elicitation appears after reading this book. A lot to ponder, skills/tactics to incorporate. A book I’ll be thinking about during numerous future conversations no doubt
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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3.75

Interestingly and unexpectedly engaging. A semi-slow burn that ratchets up steadily in intensity. Enjoyed several of Fitzgerald’s lines and word play. 
Sales Pitch: How to Craft a Story to Stand Out and Win by April Dunford

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4.25

Exceptionally insightful. I’m not in the tech industry but the concepts outlined can be rolled into most any B2B interaction/pitch. Took lots of notes, which I’m confident will shape future transactions. 
Touch the Wounds: On Suffering, Trust, and Transformation by Tomáš Halík

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Did not finish book. Stopped at 24%.
Solid content, took several notes and provided valuable insights on the “triune God” but very dense. Became a slog, which makes me a bit sad because I liked the content. 
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink

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4.0

Great read. Especially timely to read this now (Dec. 2023) as AI/Large Language Models are taking over the world. D. Pink provides as close to a roadmap forward as can be hoped for.
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz

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4.0

Very good. Thought provoking and provided a new perspective to look at situations in life. Big take away: stop being a maximizer and start being more of a “Satisficer” in order to better enjoy life. 
Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America's Whiskey by Reid Mitenbuler

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informative

3.5

 Fascinating. Confirms that people want stories more than they want facts. 
All Marketers Are Liars: The Power Of Of Telling Authentic Stories In A Low Trust World by Seth Godin

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informative inspiring

3.5

 Good, thought provoking. Truth vs. lies, it makes no real difference, that matters is what people believe. 
Difficult Mothers: Understanding and Overcoming Their Power by Terri Apter

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challenging dark emotional informative inspiring sad

5.0

 Eerily relevant, helpful, will read again