AverageGuy Reply to on 20 March 2016
|If you like theatrical stories buy the book. If you want practical life tips and advice - do not buy this book. I give this 2 Stars because the marketing is incoherent. He states it is a book written to a veteran suffering from PTSD, and how he provided him practical advice to overcome his PTSD.
To ones dismay however - his books read like an interviewer or voter asking the questions "Why should you run for public office", "What does resilience mean to you", "Give me examples of your international experiences". This makes for a very boring read for someone looking for practical life advice. --- Very Incoherent ramblings from a future Politician.
Chapter 1 - Chapter 3 - Quoting famous intellectuals. Answering questions with questions:
•"Resilience is distinct from mere survival, and more than endurance. Resilience is often endurance with directon. Where are you headed. Why are you going there" [Pg 25]
•"Resilience is a virtue. What is a virtue?" [Pg 27] .
•Greitens fills the gap between these questions with bizarre statements such as "I read Hemingway in high school", quotes from Einstein, the Newtonian definition of resilience and incoherent ramblings about the "Trojan War". Overall this leaves one confused.
Chapter 4 - Chapter 8 – Self-Promotion, and name dropping
•"I begin with humility, I act with humility, I end with humility......That's my humility mantra" [P33]
•"You know that I worked briefly for one of Mothers Teresa homes for the dying and destitute in India. I also had the chance to see her briefly...before she died”… “I ran my first marathon when I was sixteen [Pg 62]”...This continues.
• Here is a list of the names he drops for no apparent reason in these Chapters: “Winston Churchill, St. Ignatius, T.S Eliot, Victor Hugo, Zen Proverbs, Aristotle, the Greeks, Socrates, Bismark, Salvador Dali”. For someone talking about humility this is amusing. Greitens even name drops The 300 Spartans on Pg 98.
Chapter 9 - Chapter 13– Same formula followed as the above.
• He lets the reader know he also enjoys art: “Check out the painting called The Veteran in a new Field painted in 1865 by Homer” [Pg 126]......”The painting Dempsey and Firpo hangs above my desk” [Pg 173]
• More name-dropping about himself taking stories from his other books word for word: ”When I was boxing at Oxford...[Pg 149]”..."My tae kon do instructor once told us..." [Pg 220], "Walker I've already mentioned that I worked in Rwanda in 1995 shortly after the genocide there".
• Overall again more name dropping. if you watch his interviews he literally answers questions word for word with the same lines he uses in his books.
Save yourself time, money. And disappointment. I will be donating my newly purchased Greitens book collection to a charity shop.