Professor Shell brings together a wealth of information from some of the greatest books on success, happiness, and positive psychology. Not only does he present all of this information in a clear and concise format, but he also does it in a way that actually integrates (ties together) the information so as to make a clearer and more illuminating whole.
Before reading this book, by pure coincidence, I had already read nearly all of the books Professor Shell references. Even though I had already read these books, I didn't have a clear grasp of how the different concepts and ideas fit together. If I could start all over, I would have saved myself a lot of time by starting with Professor Shell's book, and then digging deeper into the books he references based on the extent to which I wanted more answers (the books he references are all really good, too, in their own respects, but they are narrower in scope).
The other important thing that Professor Shell does in this book is bring a cautious and discerning eye to his survey of the best success and happiness literature. Think of him as a gold miner panning through dirt for little nuggets of gold: When the literature or research he cites contains questionable or dubious claims, he points it out, or provides an explanation for why something that sounds utterly preposterous might actually be be true for other psychological reasons.
Lastly, he uses great examples of historic figures to illustrate some of the ideas, ones I hadn't come across before in my own survey of the literature.
This is the first time I have written a review on Amazon before, and I am doing this out of a profound sense of gratitude and respect for Professor Shell, and for my own desire to spread these ideas.
All The Best,