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The king David

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A good Gladwell piece of entertainment

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-20

The first Chapter of so starts with a theme that I was initially concerned about (from a boredom perspective)..... Then Gladwell redeems himself with a great set of mini-stories to justify his point. It opened my horizons and broadened my thinking.
Worth a listen!

Lots of potential but went nowhere

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-20

I was full of enthusiasm to get into this one. The synopsis seemed great. However, the thread went all over the place, with no great winning point.
There were a few glimpses of interesting stuff but generally just kept repeating similar examples.
I did learn a few bits.
Mainly I was disappointed.

Full of integrity and values, with good anecdotes.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-01-20

The General explains with clarity and humility his experiences. He is good at creating strategic vision and solutions. His use of referencing other texts and leaders is very informative and insightful. He seems very human and a boss that I would want.
The only criticism is that on 3 occasions he used examples of him applying his mantra - however they were ironically, country to his other principles and values.
Overall, well scripted and an enjoyable journey.

The usual motivational tripe, with little substance.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-19

I was not a fan unfortunately. It’s a ‘me me me’ story of how great he is. It wears quite thin after a while.
I got the book to improve my mindset at work and it did the opposite!
The narration can be a tad patronising, accentuated in the American accent.
Sorry, I wasn’t a fan.

An insightful and informative philosophical journey

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-19

A well constructed précis of the key characters/authors/concepts. Explained in a simple yet informative way, without bias.
The narrator did get slightly OTT in places but generally, well presented and engaging.

Engaging and entertaining.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-19

I was worried during the first two chapters that Matthew had sold out to the diversity bandwagon...but I was so wrong.
His insightful and intellectual concept was awe inspiring and has resonance for everyone.
I feel that all leaders, politicians, managers and HR professional should embrace this concept and stop their PC version of the concept and embrace the effective and wholesome version of Rebel Ideas!

A humble yet epic account.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-19

Cedric provides a wonderful account of the Squadrons actions, in an honest and engaging way.
Not only is it a good recollection of the Falklands conflict; it is also a beautifully told story of the special events of the Squadron.
A great, honest and humble retelling of events. There is a clever use of descriptive language to make you feel the horrors and challenges of the environment.
There are a couple of narration errors as the story teller (audio narrator) is clearly not a military man.
In truth it’s an 8/10.

Just bluster

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 16-06-19

All of the chapters start by saying how great each concept is and how it will change you! Then you wait for the key things to change and.... guess what it’s all in your mind and you have to think yourself better. Oh, thanks for that. That’s another 5 hours wasted. No great theory but lots of pink and fluffy.

Essential reading

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-19

I loved the content and the way it was subdivided into geopolitical chapters. I have listened to this twice, it was so good. I’ve even made my son listen to it and he loves it too.
I will try more of Tim Marshall’s books now.

A good overview of the main concepts.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-19

The content was fine but could have been a bit more dynamic in its approach. It stuck to predominantly theoretical models but could have explored individual traits with examples (such a military leaders, politicians and historical figures). The section on female leadership was strange and probably unnecessary in a short book.
Generally it was insightful.