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Black Hawk Down
Black Hawk Down
DVD ~ Josh Hartnett
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3.0 out of 5 stars Black Hawk Down is Reality, January 1, 2009
This review is from: Black Hawk Down (DVD)
For years, I've been encouraged to watch the movie "Black Hawk Down", because of my interest in Machiavellian "realpolitics." Essentially, the debacle of the mission was highlighted as representative of failed communications. It was seen as one more example of Washington getting it all wrong in military logistics. But, the overriding mesage is that the mission is covert and Washington isn't supposed to know about it. If the President or leading congressmen were questioned, they would naturally deny, deny, deny...

One naturally sides with the courage and bravery of the soldiers who fight for a higher calling. But, based on the reality of the world, today's enemies are tomorrow's friends. This isn't suggested in the movie, but it isn't far fetched in our analysis. Yes, the movie essentially portrays what is supposed to be a historical fact, but two weeks after viewing, you are left to ask, "Now, why were we trying to kill this guy in Somalia"? You scratch your head in wonder, but remember the intense emotions of the firefights.

"Black Hawk Down" is a movie you only watch once. Not for its greatness, but to say you saw it.

Edward Brown
Core Edge Image & Charisma Institute
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The Punisher (Extended Cut)
The Punisher (Extended Cut)
DVD ~ Thomas Jane
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "The Punisher Lacks Charisma", December 19, 2008
This review is from: The Punisher (Extended Cut) (DVD)
Thomas Jane in "The Punisher" proves brawn and good looks don't necessary make for a compelling "Superhero." Jane lacked the prerequisite charisma necessary for audiences to root for his ultimate victory. John Travolta's character, Howard Saint, is cool and collected, but underneath his calm exterior beats the heart of his "Swordfish," character--- Gabriel. Travolta is so riveting, as a bad guy, that you hope he wins in the end. Cheering for Travolta says more about the ineptitude of Jane rather that the tour de force of Travolta. Even when Jane's entire family is exterminated by the hired guns of Howard Saint (Travolta), you don't sympathize with him. Typically, when the protagonist is laying the foundation for his motivation and concurrent actions, you either lament with him through extreme "pathos" for his lost or ponder his next move. The internal dialogue being, "I'd feel the same way if someone killed my family in such a heinous fashion." The second option would be sympathizing with the character's "Ice in the veins." Denzel Washington did it adroitly in "Man on Fire." By taking the only person he loved, Washington made you feel his extremes for retribution were warranted. Not so with "The Punisher." No feelings are evoked. The brooding, mysterious man of action, just doesn't work for Thomas Jane. Actor Josh Hartnett would have done for "The Punisher" what Christian Bale did for "Batman". Largely, provide depth and context to the action.

I recommend "The Punisher" for Travolta's portrayal as well as the supporting cast as organized criminals with charismatic edges. Absent the supporting cast, "The Punisher" feels like punishment.

Edward Brown
Core Edge Image & Charisma Institute
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The Secret (Extended Edition)
The Secret (Extended Edition)
DVD ~ Rhonda Byrne
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "The Secret Is No Secret", December 16, 2008
A friend kept raving about an online movie called, "The Secret." He appeared to be well- read and well-versed in marketing and business development, so I was intrigued that something had gotten him this excited. The online movie was $4.95 compared to the CD set of $29.95. What could I lose by watching a documentary about achieving success for 90 minutes for less than $5.00? After sitting down and watching the movie, I came away asking myself, "What did I miss?" What did my friend see that I didn't causing him to start a "Laws Of Attraction" group? As a practitioner within the field of human development, this information was Self-Mastery 101. The people interviewed in the movie fell right into place with the ominous, seemingly arcane backdrop. I could easily conclude that my extensive reading on the subject matter made the movie appear overly simplistic. But, an adherent of any of the world religions should echo similar sentiments. Instead of a deity, "The Secret" credits the indomitable will of the human spirit. It doesn't use those words, but one could easily surmise the point. "The Secret" uses the basic tenets of world religions mixed with the motivational messages of the 1990's shrouded in a "Da Vinci Code"-like motif.

The real "secret" is the effective ways by which religion, motivation and marketing is synergistically molded to create a sense of newness out of archaic messages. Should you watch "The Secret?" Yes, not merely for the oft- quoted principles projected, but to get a sense of how concepts presented persuasively can capture the imagination of the populous in ways that traditional religion has not.

Edward Brown
Core Edge Image & Charisma Institute
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The Prince
The Prince
by Niccolò Machiavelli
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars President Obama as "The Prince", December 5, 2008
This review is from: The Prince (Paperback)
The potent power of Machiavelli's ,"The Prince" has become almost a cliché'. To say "The Prince" is one of the most relevant and evolving books written within the last 500 years is an understatement. In modern times, the recent presidential election is an excellent demonstration of how Machiavelli's principles of acquiring power played out perfectly and successfully dismantled the established order reminiscent of the Medici Dynasty. Are we seeing Machiavelli's treatise being demonstrated by President Obama? Like Machiavelli's crafty fox, Obama uses cunning to control the ferociousness of political lions. Machiavelli's amorality for doing what's necessary for the situation reflects the current idea of truncated power, where one uses powerful people to shorten the arduous years generally required to build a political empire.

"The Prince" will be best appreciated by applying the principles laid out from the "Old Country" to modern reality. Machiavelli couldn't have known his tome would be the blueprint for modern politics. Read "The Prince" with an openness to the realities of human nature and its interplay with power.

Edward Brown
Core Edge Image & Charisma Institute
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The Art of What Works: How Success Really Happens
The Art of What Works: How Success Really Happens
by William Duggan
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of What Works Builds Charisma Empire, November 28, 2008
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William Duggan's, "The Art of What Works..." has become one of the guiding principles by which our company bases its innovations. The other principles of our business tripod are: Albert Humphrey's "SWOT" analysis and Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema's, "The Discipline of Market Leaders." It is essential to take these three bodies of works collectively, if you are to build a 21st Century enterprise.

"The Art of What Works" provides the foundational principles by which contemporary "break-throughs" are made. Duggan's ideas work within any industry. Take for example, the musician "Prince". While his music is defined as transformational, his musical success is laid by the prior success and styling of Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and Sly Stone. Now, Duggan's doesn't provide the myriad of examples by which using past contributions to tweak contemporary innovations, but you begin to see the patterns of possibilities by laying his concept within any social phenomenon. The great contributors, past and present, used "hybrid' approaches towards achievement, which lays bear the idea of "pure" innovation within any industry. Nothing is really "new' nor created in a vacuum. Duggan's analysis of success trumps those of Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie, because it's based on historic or factual reality over metaphysics. The notion, "It is what it is" takes precedent over theories that fail to look behind what is qualifiable and quantifiable.

Edward Brown
Core Edge Image & Charisma Institute
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The Power to Get In: Using The Circle Of Leverage System To Get In Anyone's Door Faster, More Effectively & With Less Exp
The Power to Get In: Using The Circle Of Leverage System To Get In Anyone's Door Faster, More Effectively & With Less Exp
by Michael A. Boylan
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power to Get In is Charismatic..., November 21, 2008
I read Michael Boylan's, "The Power to Get In..." some years ago. At the time, I was looking for ways to leverage my company by appearing to have more power and influence than I actually had. Boylan's book helped me write a letter to the Atlanta Police Department to get a meeting with the chief of police for training his personnel. The assistant chief of police responded to my letter and scheduled me an appointment. I didn't get any business with the City of Atlanta at that particular meeting, but the assistant chief said the only reason he met with me was because of the quality of the letter. I think the letter did a few things:

1. Allowed me to leverage my services in ways that showed I was competitive and wouldn't merely rely on that department to use my services. I gave the impression that they were bidding for my services.
2. Positioned my company in a way that caused possible insecurity on the part of the decision maker. If the targeted decision maker passed up my offerings and his competitor accepted, the initial decision maker would be at a disadvantage. Police recruitment is also a competitive game.
3. It separated my letter from the pack. I wasn't groveling for the department's business. I set the tone that I was a force to be reckoned with whether they accepted by offer or not. Most salespeople approach decision makers in a servile or begging mode.

In our current economy, decision makers may respond differently than when times are prosperous to competing offers, but the essential value of "The Power to Get In..." is that no matter what the economic climate, human nature is motivated to respond positively to your aims, if prompted correctly. "The Power to Get In..." is a great "How to..." book over mere self -esteem building tomes.

Edward Brown
Core Edge Image & Charisma Institute


Pimpology: The 48 Laws of the Game
Pimpology: The 48 Laws of the Game
by Karen Hunter
Edition: Paperback
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Doesn't Take Charisma To Be a Pimp..., November 13, 2008
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Ken Ivy's, "Pimpology: The 48 Laws of the Game," is a street psychology book best read by individuals who might be described as "Squares." Ivy demarcates between the value system of the "streets" versus that of mainstream America. He initially talks about the methodology of pimping (procuring women who are willing to pay for protection as she makes money selling sex), but transcends the term as a means of gaining money and power within any context. Shakespeare's dictum, "All the world's a stage...and we're mere players" serves as a caveat to "Pimpology..."in which we are playing the "money and power" game in one form or another. To be a pimp within this context is to rule and control one's destiny by never allowing other people's agenda to supersede yours.

Interestingly, the book went from " The Life and Times of a Pimp" to a business book on how to conduct yourself on the world stage. I'm sure Ivy would say this was his intention all along, but the allegory went from literal to metaphorical as an instructional guide to getting the desirable things in life.

The overall shortcoming was the chronological lingo. The conversations between characters seemed corny and outdated by contemporary standards. If he's deferring totally to the 1970's, the dialogue fits for those who lived during that era. The language comes off sappy and unrealistic at times. A better story and language can be found in Nicky Barnes', "Mr. Untouchable."

Overall, I recommend this book, because it expands one's understanding of human nature. There are principles available for people who might wonder why nice guys often finish last. Invariably, there is some heart and soul as well as logic in the bowels of our society.

Edward Brown
Core Edge Image & Charisma Institute


The Adonis Complex: How to Identify, Treat and Prevent Body Obsession in Men and Boys
The Adonis Complex: How to Identify, Treat and Prevent Body Obsession in Men and Boys
by Katharine A. Phillips
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Charisma of Adonis, November 3, 2008
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"The Adonis Complex" touches on a subject I've been interested in since childhood: the impact specific body types have on our psyche as well as the opposite sex. The salient point of the book is that male and females view things totally differently in defining attractiveness. According to the study, it isn't always what we think is the ideal, but what we think others believe to be the ideal. From a male perspective, when we see a woman ogling a muscular male, we believe that to be her ideal type. However, in her mind, she may prefer less muscle and more brains. Men, as visual creatures, view her ogling as her standard not indicative of mere appreciation of a certain body type. Consequently, we strive for the kind of body we "think" women want. In other words, what people say and do, might be different than how they really feel--Cognitive Dissonance.

"The Adonis Complex" is a good book in explaining how a media-centric society has made males equally insecure and obsessive over their physical appearance as has been the case traditionally for women. The book does a great job of breaking down the components of being physically "Big," but does not make a compelling case on how to overcome media influence. The typical bromides of "Loving yourself for who you are...and looking for acceptance within" are always the high road, but does very little in truly making a person feel complete within a social structure that values physicality. I recommend the book as a means of dissecting this psychosis for male victims and an aid for women who may come in contact with such males.

Edward Brown
Core Edge Image & Charisma Institute


Knowledge and Money: Research Universities and the Paradox of the Marketplace
Knowledge and Money: Research Universities and the Paradox of the Marketplace
by Roger L. Geiger
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Selling of Education, November 29, 2007
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"Knowledge & Money" is a comprehensive, but long read! You should really love the concept of how research institutions have become profit centers at the expense of tax payers to appreciate its insights. It is an eye opening account of how the education industry has gone from "learning for the sake of learning" to the selling of education to the highest bidder. A real world treatise on how education, the last bastion of morality, has become a part of the marketing mix for corporate profits.

Edward Brown
Core Edge Image & Charisma Institute, Inc.


Hardball: Five Killer Strategies for Trouncing the Competition (HBR OnPoint Enhanced Edition)
Hardball: Five Killer Strategies for Trouncing the Competition (HBR OnPoint Enhanced Edition)
by George, Jr. Stalk
Edition: Digital
Price: $6.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Hard Ball is Soft!, November 29, 2007
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"Hardball" (the book and report) is a great beginning for the focus and tenacity needed to compete in a global economy. However, the title is misleading. The term, "Hardball" conjures up ideas from Ayn Rand and Machiavelli--take no prisoners and act rationally in your self-interest. Not so! It takes you there, but doesn't pull the trigger. It lacks the rawness and edge truly needed to slay the dragon and gain control within an industry.

It leaves the "Rah Rah" 1990s, but doesn't effectively enter the George Bush World. It's a good read from the "Poly Anna" books that often truncate the pragmatism of human nature.

Edward Brown
Core Edge Image & Charisma Institute, Inc.


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