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Best Business Book Reviews By Paul Simister

Life After Growth By Tim Morgan

The full title of this fascinating book by Tim Morgan is

Life After Growth: How The Global Economy Really Works And Why 200 Years Of Growth Are Over“.

I gave it Four Stars in my review at Amazon.co.uk. This means I think it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

I’ve always known that there is a money economy and a things economy. What I hadn’t focused on was how the thins economy is underpinned by energy. The author argues that in effect we have an energy based economy and while the money economy has been inflated by the explosion in debts and Quantitative Easing, the energy economy is deflating.

Why is that?

Because we cherry picked the biggest and best, most accessible, most productive sources of oil, gas and coal first and slowly but surely, the old sources are exhausted and the new sources that are developed aren’t as good. [continue reading…]

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The Energy of Nations by Jeremy Leggett

The full title of this book by Jeremy Leggett is

The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness And The Road To Renaissance“.

In my review posted to Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Plenty of food for thought

I enjoyed reading this book as it looks back at the recent past and then looks forward.

The author is a long time believer in early peak oil and the founder of a solar energy company. He therefore believe deeply in his message. Whilst he rails against manipulation or the energy facts and debate by Big Oil and Big Nuclear, he may not be presenting a balanced view. [continue reading…]

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Instant Cashflow by Bradley Sugars

The full title of this book by the founder of the ActionCoach business coaching franchise, Brad Sugars is

Instant Cashflow: Hundreds of Proven Strategies to Win Customers, Boost Margins and Take More Money Home“.

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave this book Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my review.

In my opinion, this is the only Brad Sugars book worth buying. Do you agree?

This is the only Brad Sugars book that I recommend to any of my business coaching clients or prospects.

It’s a long list of ideas for improving your business in terms of sales revenue, profit and ultimately cash flow. [continue reading…]

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E-Myth Mastery by Michael Gerber

The full title of this book by Michael Gerber is

E-Myth Mastery: The Seven Essential Disciplines for Building a World-Class Company“.

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means that it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Be very careful with this book

The sloppy writing style that Michael Gerber showed in E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It is exaggerated in this book.

It’s written in two parts:

  • The initial stomach churning section that forms the basis of the audio book – avoid at all costs.
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  • The second part, which includes sections from the expensive E Myth coaching course, is very good. However I’m disappointed to read that the worksheets quickly became unavailable on the website link as this does reduce the value of these sections.

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Disequilibrium by Thierry Malleret – 5 Stars

The full title of this book by Thierry Malleret is

Disequilibrium: A World Out Of Kilter“.

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Five Stars. This means it is Excellent and Very Highly Recommended.

Here is my book review.

Fascinating pulling together of thoughts

If you have lots of seemingly unconnected thoughts about the future (your own, your country’s or the world’s) and most of them have more downside than upside, this is an excellent short book to read.

It takes a good look at complexity theory in a world full of uncertainty from a high level approach. [continue reading…]

in Best Business Books, The Next Economic Crash

The full title of this book by Richard Grainger is

How To Survive A World Headed For Collapse: A must-have 9-step guide for how to get by when everything we depend upon is wiped out“.

In my review posted to Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means I think it is Good and Well Worth Reading, although I’ll confess that I haven’t read much about “prepping”.

What happens if society collapses?

Should you ignore that uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach that tells you that bad things are happening or should you be prepared for the worst?

In this short book, the author gives you plenty to think about if society and the economy  break down. [continue reading…]

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Six Global Mega-Trends by Thierry Malleret

The full title of this book by Thierry Malleret is

Six Global Mega-Trends and How To Make Them Work For You“.

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my review.

Beware

If you’ve read Disequilibrium: A World Out Of Kilter then don’t bother with this. [continue reading…]

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The End Of Growth by Richard Heinberg – 5 Stars

The full title of this book by Richard Heinberg is

The End Of Growth: Adapting To Our New Economic Realities“.

In my review posted to Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Five Stars. This means it is Excellent and Very Highly Recommended.

Here is my book review.

Essential reading

This book is a real eye-opener and shows that the common assumption that we can continue to grow the economy at 2% to 3% per year is invalid.

In fact it is complete nonsense. [continue reading…]

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Snake Oil by Richard Heinberg

The full title of this book by Richard Heinberg is

Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future“.

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Who is telling the truth on fracking?

The author’s previous book The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality shocked me to the core. I’d never previously identified the huge but untrue assumption in economic theory – natural resources are unlimited. This is a bit strange when I was taught that economics was all about the allocation of scarce resources.

That book encouraged me to read more about the theory of Peak Oil and in recent years, the price of oil has risen despite the economic recession. This gave credence to the concept as far as I was concerned. [continue reading…]

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The Spirit Level Delusion by Christopher Snowdon

The full title of this book by Christopher Snowdon is

The Spirit Level Delusion: Fact-checking the Left’s New Theory of Everything“.

In my review on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my review.

Necessary rebuttal

t saddens me that this book had to be written.

The original Spirit Level book showed that inequality of income and wealth was at the root of society’s ills once income reached a reasonable level. After that equality mattered more than pushing up the average GDP per person statistic. [continue reading…]

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