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2.0 out of 5 stars Consultant's Manifesto, May 30, 2010
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This review is from: Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur (Hardcover)
I take issue with several themes of this book:

1) The book is a constant barrage of name dropping and case studies from other authors. It's almost like she let everyone else write her book for her.

2) This book is probably more helpful for becoming a consultant than anything else. I don't necessarily consider consultants entrepreneurs. They're more like contractors.

3) There are other books that did it better, before this one, and were referenced by this one. Specifically:
The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content.
Also, to a lesser degree:
Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat (Agora Series)

4) The organization and writing make for a slow, sometimes agonizing read. She could stand to make her writing more concise and topical headings more relevant. Her rhetorical dialog and pointless examples detract from the poignant ideas and helpful case studies.

I did not find this book motivational, but instead a boring rehash of basic concepts and personal life considerations.

Bottom line, there are better entrepreneurship books (see above). If you're getting into consulting, this may be marginally helpful.
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Initial post: Aug 19, 2010 9:09:42 PM PDT
T. Smith says:
I wholeheartedly agree with this review. I have not yet finished the book (I'm just over 1/2 way through it) and I came here to see if it was worth the time to finish. Apparently not. Tim Ferriss' book is much much more intriguing (even if you think he's an a##) and much more entertaining. I also agree with statement made about the name dropping and its limited insight for entrepreneurs. If you want to be a life coach, read this book but most of us have more ambitious plans!

I have been looking for a book that follows in the style of the 4HWW, maybe with some more concrete direction in starting a business. If anyone has any suggestions, please post!
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