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Book Reviews

Book Review #67

I first encountered Prof Rebecca Henderson when I took her Harvard Business School Online’s course entitled Sustainable Business Strategy. By the end of the cohort, she had become my favourite teacher of all time – and still remains at the time of writing this which is why I am convinced that everyone looking for hope, […]

Book Review #66

Billion Dollar Whale is the story of Jho Low – who as it says on the book cover, is the man who fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the world. This book, that you can buy here, narrates the incredible story of the man who pulled off the biggest money heist of the century. Jho Low allegedly […]

Book Review #65

Mystery, history, and an eensy-weensy bit of mediocrity. These are all words associated with anything Dan Brown. The New Hampshire Novelist, responsible for a series of world thrillers including; The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and Inferno amongst others, is at it again with yet another intriguing Robert Langdon piece – Origin, which you […]

Book Review #64

Fighting through the millions of books in circulation to become a Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller is not a walk in the park. However, it came as a no surprise when Presidents of War, achieved this fate. Its author, Michael Beschloss, is a well-established name in the United States presidency realm. In the book, […]

BOOK REVIEW #63

This is a book review for, ‘What I Know for Sure‘ by Oprah Winfrey for which you can get your personal copy here You’ve got to love Oprah! In my eyes, Oprah does no wrong. In her book, What I Know for Sure, Oprah Winfrey shares some great wisdom that will surely leave you motivated […]

BOOK REVIEW #62

When it comes to business books, we tend to wonder if a book that was written almost 40 years ago is still relevant. ‘In Search of Excellence’ by Tom Peters (that you can buy here) was published in 1982 and became one of the best selling books of all time. Because of that, I decided […]

BOOK REVIEW #61

This review is for the book, ‘Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future‘ for which you can get your personal copy here. Being African myself, I jumped on the opportunity to read this biography of a fellow African who has made a life for himself in a foreign […]

BOOK REVIEW #57

Gender Equality is a topic many have talked about. And, when Melinda Gates writes about it, the whole world reads it with a wary eye. I will begin by saying that this book is not just for women or feminists. This book is for every man and woman. Additionally, it is for those who still […]

BOOK REVIEW #53

‘Open‘ is not your regular sports book— actually it is totally the opposite of that. It is a very uniquely written, anti-sports book of sorts. We have known Andre Agassi as the star athlete, the style icon and the rude crude hero on the tennis court. ‘Open’, that you can buy here, is an autobiography that […]

BOOK REVIEW #50

We have read and heard hundreds of stories of fallen heroes, but I bet you mustn’t have read anything like Undisputed Truth. The book, that you can buy here, is Mike Tyson’s ruthless depiction of his own life. Unlike many, he makes no effort to defend himself or hide his dark side. Reading the book […]

BOOK REVIEW #49

Originally published in 1969, Business Adventures by John Brooks became a best-seller two decades later when Bill Gates called it, ‘old, hard to find, and the best business book ever.’ Business Adventures, that you can buy here, is a classic, unlike any business book that you may have read. It does not share any secrets […]

BOOK REVIEW #46

Mastery—the book that you can buy here, is for people looking to cultivate professional performance and achieve mastery in their lives. This is the book every coach recommends to people who wish to see excellence. Mastery—itself, is the unique way people can use their potential and achieve greatness and fulfilment. Mastery—is not an ideal state […]

BOOK REVIEW #44

The Sales Bible by Jeffrey Gitomer, that you can buy here, is a book that every salesperson should read.  The book shares practical and gritty tips, tactics and techniques. And, once you master them, and apply them with calm and confidence, you will see the results very soon. Jeffrey Gitomer is a veteran salesperson and […]

BOOK REVIEW #43

For every start-up entrepreneur or business investor, comprehending Venture Capital (VC) or funding for their innovative ideas is a big challenge. Venture capital firms fund start-ups, budding talent and prospective profits in the future. But is it really easy to get VC? You are here, so this means you already know the answer to that. […]

BOOK REVIEW #42

Whoever you are, wherever you go, and whatever you do — ego is your worst enemy. After reading the book, there is one thing that I strongly felt, Ego is the Enemy is the most needed books of these times. Everyone has an ego, and if someone doesn’t believe that, they are the ones who […]

BOOK REVIEW #41

Grace, dignity, depth of character, the strength of spirit, and empathy — the Michelle Obama you have met on the media is very different from the real Michelle Obama in ‘Becoming.’ of which copy you can buy here Before she became the First Lady of the United States or a mother or a lawyer, she […]

BOOK REVIEW #39

Honest, personal and funny — ‘We’re Going to Need More Wine’ is a great read. The book is a collection of essays based on the life of Gabrielle Union and you can get your personal copy here. Gabrielle Union is an amazing Hollywood actress. And, after reading the book, I think of her as ‘Nikki’—an amazing […]

BOOK REVIEW #38

At one time or another, you have found yourself booking for service days or even weeks in advance. Or else, you are likely to have bought a ticket to event days or weeks in advance. What drives such businesses? How can you make customers chase you? How do you influence customers to book your service […]

BOOK REVIEW #37

What is the role of Biology in human evolution? Why was humankind able to dominate the world? Where is the modern technology driving us? These are some of the main questions that are addressed in Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind that you can buy here. Yuval Noah Harari published the book in 2011 in Hebrew. […]

BOOK REVIEW #36

Born a Crime is a #1 New York Times Bestseller written by Trevor Noah, the host of The Daily Show, a program that has won more than 20 prime-time Emmy Awards. The book has received critical acclaim from readers, experts and reputable institutions. It is currently being adapted into a film by Paramount Players starring […]

BOOK REVIEW #35

Gordon Brown, who was a former prime minister of the United Kingdom, had the idea that the financial crisis of 2007 to 2010 can be reversed. Gordon was the chancellor of Exchequer for about ten years. Also, having read widely about economics, finance, and globalization, he was able to come up with a plan.  Gordon […]

BOOK REVIEW #34

In the world of literature, there are a substantial number of books that try to teach people how to be successful. Some of these books look at how other successful people were able to achieve success, while some just tell a story of how the author was able to attain success. However, “Outliers: The Story […]

BOOK REVIEW #31

There are numerous genres of books and literature that are written to fill a specific need. Built to Last is a management book written by Jim C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras in 1994 and you can buy your personal copy here. Built to Last is a comparative book showing why 18 select companies were […]

BOOK REVIEW #30

Self-help books help to inspire change in habits to help lead a better life; they all are focused on making individual live the best life that they could possibly live. Different authors take different approaches as to how to influence change in your life and how to help inspire you to inculcate the habits you […]

BOOK REVIEW #29

Textbooks serve as a guideline to a particular topic or field. They tell you the necessary things you need to succeed in that field. Also, they are written in chapters detailing the essential things to know in different parts of the subject. Charles Bladen, James Kennell, Emma Abson, Nick Wilde all co-wrote a textbook titled […]

BOOK REVIEW #28

A lot of books impact the lives of their readers. Motivational books are no different; they are written to drive their readers to achieve their fullest potential. Motivational books help you discover your talents and let go of your fears. They also help you find out your sense of purpose in life. Even Eagles Need […]

BOOK REVIEW #27

Self-help books are written to instruct readers on how to solve personal problems. Authors write them to serve as a source of healing and inspiration to their readers. Self–help books serve as a guide to help people live better versions of their lives or teach them the skills and strategies to achieve their goals. Over […]

BOOK REVIEW #26

Autobiographies are mostly written to get one’s story told or to share their triumphs and defeats in a bid to help inspire others. Additionally, autobiographies serve as a cautionary tale for people. Some authors write their autobiographies for readers to learn from their lives. Some authors, however, write their autobiographies to leave a detailed account […]

BOOK REVIEW #25

Some of the more popular books are self-help and motivational books. This is because everyone wants hacks on how to live a better version of their lives and be happy. These books allow us to model our lives as regards particular habits and ways of doing things that have worked for people and ‘How Successful […]

BOOK REVIEW #24

Playing chess, they say, teaches you strategy, and that is all fun and good. However, having a book, on the other hand, that teaches you when to fight and when not to, how to avoid something when it is at its strongest and attack it when it is at its weakest, and deceiving your enemy […]