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Book Review: The 48 Laws of Power

Author: Robert Greene Publisher: Penguin Books – 452 pages Book Review by: Nano Khilnani At the outset, I would say that the best use of power is for good, not evil purposes. It is not for cheating or fraud. The good could be for you or for others. Why do I say this? Because ultimately when people discover that you are using your power to do things that are improper or immoral, you will get discovered and lose your power. Writing a review on this book that explains how to learn to successfully use such a large range of techniques – 48 of them – is to say the least, a difficult task. Moreover, space in this book reviews section does not permit me to describe each of the 48 laws of power. Robert Greene, the author of this bestselling book has written two other books – The Laws of Seduction and The 33 Strategies of War. He has worked as a writer and editor at several magazines, including Esquire. He is also a sought-out speaker. He has a degree in classical studies, has lived in Barcelona, London and Paris and speaks several languages. He is also a playwright and lives in Los Angeles. What are some specific ways this book can help you? Below we name five of them. Since success in any endeavor requires people skills, especially...

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Book Review: The 17-Day Diet: A simple plan that targets belly fat and visceral fat and produces fast results that last!

Author:  Dr. Mike Moreno Publisher:  Free Press, an Imprint of Simon and Schuster -242 pages Book Review by:  Laxmi Chaandi To get a range of comments – positive, negative, in-between – on this book, one would have to go on the Internet, and readers can do that after reading this review. As part of this book, we find a lot of positive remarks on its back cover by people who are or were on the author’s 17-day diet. A sampling below of some questions I had in mind as I started to read it, and comments relevant to those questions is given below. The comments really help as part of this review because the effectiveness of this weight-loss plan in this type of book is the real review, not the way the book is written. Has this diet plan helped people lose weight? Do they feel hungry or lack energy by being on it? Here is a comment on that: “I am so excited. After 17 days on this plan, I’ve lost 12 pounds! I am so enthusiastic today as I was on the day I started! I don’t feel hungry and my energy is at an all-time high! I have made the commitment to do this myself, and I feel that I will be very successful.” Another comment on weight loss: “I am loving this weight loss plan....

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Book Review: That Used to Be Us

Authors: Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum Publisher: FSG Books – 380 pages Book Review by Paiso Jamakar This is an excellent book and I must say, long overdue. Written by two highly qualified people with the right combination of knowledge, understanding and insight on the causes of America’s economic decline, the book suggests bold and realistic solutions to its major problems. America is in trouble! This is the warning call from these two keen observers of America and its eroding politico-economic situation on the world stage. I would say that America is not just in trouble. It is in big and serious trouble. It has permanently lost tens of millions of jobs to China, India and other countries, mostly in the Asia-Pacific region and South America. And it has two other huge problems (which you will read below) besides the four problems that are outlined and discussed in this very important book. This eye-opening book should be required reading for top political leaders in he United States. Thomas Friedman, a longtime foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times, who has written on China and India relative to the United States, is the author of five other books including his two last well-known ones: The World Is Flat (2005)and Hot, Flat and Crowded (2008). Michael Mandelbaum, his friend of more than 20 years, has written extensively on...

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Book Review: Stop the Islamization of America

Author: Pamela Geller Publisher: WND Books. 198 pages Book Review by Ramu Nakliba We are surprised that this book is not a New York Times bestseller. This is no less than an alarming book. Pamela Geller deserves high praise for demonstrating leadership in this mission to fight the Islamic threat against America’s freedoms of speech and religion. What is most shocking to us as we read Ms. Geller’s eye-opening book is that proponents of Islamization – which essentially means the dominance of Islam over all other religions and the elimination of the freedoms of speech and religion in the US – have infiltrated into and have been appointed to high offices in several Cabinet-level departments of the United States Federal government. The author, who has also written The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America – heads two key organizations to preserve American freedom: the SIOA or Stop Islamization of America and the AFDI or American Freedom Defense Initiative. The first paragraph of the Introduction itself sets off alarm bells: “Make no mistake. We are at war. Our mortal enemy has made no secret of its goal and stated aim: ‘eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house,’ and installing a universal caliphate.” While this Islamic fundamentalists’ mission is overt, it is also very much covert. Most people, I believe, have not observed closely...

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Book Review: Statistics Made Easy

Author: John F. Loase Publisher: The Graduate Group. 209 pages Book Review by Ramu Nakliba This is an excellent work on making the right decisions on important aspects of your life. It relates statistics to life and success. In other words, how the right use of statistics can make all the difference between being happy or miserable in life, about being a financial success or a failure. The author, John F. Loase, who is a professor of mathematics at Concordia College in New York, encourages readers to take an entirely new and refreshing approach to statistics. Instead of coming up with images of numbers, tables charts and graphics when they think of the word “statistics,” he demonstrates how useful statistics is to make the right decisions in life so that you can achieve prosperity and happiness. He says: “Decisions about education, real estate, exercise, weight, cars and stocks are all statistical. The higher your level of statistical knowledge, the better off you will be mentally, physically, financially and emotionally.” As an example, he illustrates how statistics is critical in developing frugality. H points out that frugality is such a key value in accumulating wealth, as demonstrated in the highly useful book The Millionaire Next Door, which I read with such delight and relished the gems I discovered on how ordinary people became millionaires. It is also worthwhile to note...

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