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Timing Is Everything - Investment And More
Timing Is Everything - Investment And More
by J. Geraghty
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.98
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understand Investment, April 13, 2011
I've dabbled in investment over the years without ever having any formal education in the area; inevitably following other people's advice, like the pundits in the papers, or the funds that are always advertising themselves as being 'top quartile'.

However, having experienced some very mediocre returns (and losses) I came to realise that the only thing that really distinguished the 'experts' opinions from my own was that they understood all the terminology used in the investment world: they were no better at identifying successful investments than anyone else: if you disagree, look at how few fund managers outperform the index.

Until this book came along I'd resigned myself to simply selecting on the basis of minimising fees; I'd decided that, since there was no evidence anyone else's guesses were better than mine, I should select tracker funds with the lowest fees and hope that I picked the right markets to track.

This book has helped enormously in two ways. Firstly, it explains all the jargon you hear in investment circles in a really clear way. Secondly, it provides numerous ways of 'reading' markets to help make more informed 'guesses' when investing. As the book points out, timing is everything and there is no investment crystal ball, but the informed and systematic approach advocated by the author enables you to take control of your investment strategy and at a fraction of the price you would pay a fund manager for managing your investments for a couple of months!


GAS - Living With Guitar Acquisition Syndrome
GAS - Living With Guitar Acquisition Syndrome
by Jay Wright
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Wasn't it Written Before?, May 30, 2009
I've owned and played guitar for longer than I care to remember - well over twenty years. From the first moment of "nose pressed against the shop window" appreciation of a Fender Stratocaster's curves I've been moving from one purchase to another. What drives this? How clever do we become at justifying and concealing our lust for guitar equipment? Is there any hope?

This book presents a collection of anecdotes and accounts from fellow sufferers and the result is both entertaining and reassuring. The amateur Guitar 'aquisitor' will also pick up a huge repetoire of tips to help improve his excuses and conceal his 'problem'.

I can't believe it's taken so long for someone to recognise this condition!


The Secret Language of Business: How to Read Anyone in 3 Seconds or Less
The Secret Language of Business: How to Read Anyone in 3 Seconds or Less
by Kevin Hogan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.20
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, a useful book on body language!, March 3, 2008
I appreciated two aspects of Hogan's book. Firstly, that he goes to such great lengths to make the subject applicable to business - whilst part of the pleasure with any book is looking for its applications in your own area, some author's seem to delight in being vague, not so this one. Secondly, he retains a scientific sense of objectivity about his subject matter, but manages to make the book easy and enjoyable to read too.


The Science of Influence: How to Get Anyone to Say "Yes" in 8 Minutes or Less!
The Science of Influence: How to Get Anyone to Say "Yes" in 8 Minutes or Less!
by Kevin Hogan
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crammed with useful information, December 14, 2007
This is a great book. It has applications to many walks of life, in fact I can't think of someone who wouldn't get something from this book.

The Science of Influence is a science in much the same way as there is a (biomechanical) science to tennis: the theory is one thing but it takes practice to make it work for you. Hogan's style makes reading the book a pleasure and an education simultaneously, and for those willing to develop the skills there is much that can be applied to great effect in life.

An easy five stars, heartily recommended.


You Can Read Anyone
You Can Read Anyone
by David J. Lieberman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.30
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to observing response, December 14, 2007
This review is from: You Can Read Anyone (Paperback)
Like any book that looks to bring social psychology to a wider audience (than just social psychologists!) the author has to find a balance between the technical and the practical. In my opinion, Lieberman does an excellent job of making his expertise accessible.

Equally, there is no magic tool when it comes to reading other people, and the reader must work with the structures and concepts Lieberman provides and practice them.

The author's style is excellent, with a great balance of examples and explanation that quickly conveys his ideas.

An excellent read: the first of Lieberman's books that I've bought, but it won't be the last.


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