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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Objective Review, January 17, 2012
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This review is from: The Skinny on Willpower: How to Develop Self Discipline (Kindle Edition)
This book is unprofessional and childish. In the market for literature on Self Discipline, this had the highest user ratings, so I gave it a try. I did not expect, however, a children's book. Half of the book is full of stick-figure images and there is a bad joke at least every other page. Perhaps this book would be valuable for a child or ultra-light reader but not so much for anyone who is looking for a comprehensive analysis of self-discipline. It is pseudoscientific, awkward, and poorly researched. Here is an example of an absurd lesson from the book:

"P.S. 'Desserts' spelled backwards is: 'stressed.'"

If that is the sort of humor or information of your intellectual level, then this book is for you. However, if you are a well-read intellectual and critical thinker, this book will fail to challenge you and do nothing but waste your time and money. It is the lightest of light reading.
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Initial post: Jan 24, 2012 9:02:30 AM PST
Winston says:
As my favorite comic (XKCD) is done entirely with stick men and is a comic for intellectuals, I don't mind the drawings, but I appreciate your review and the specific example. I wish you'd given more examples, but then, nobody is paying you to do it so I can't blame you. I stick to meaty books as often as possible, and through the years have developed a bit of an intuition about what "some" of the content in a book says about the rest of it. The stressed/dessert thing is enough to make me say "no." I'm sure there's some good info, but I'd rather have that good information in a book with more substance. It's clear what "kind" of book this is.

Posted on May 31, 2012 6:17:33 PM PDT
huckfinn says:
Thank you for the review, especially the example. That cinched it for me. I won't be ordering the book.

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 10:25:19 PM PDT
Liora Hess says:
Thanks for your review and the quotation; there's nothing like giving an example right from the book to let you know what you're really in for, and you saved me some money.
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