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Amway Motivational Organizations: Behind the Smoke and Mirrors
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Ms. Carter shows quite convincingly, first, that Amway is in reality nothing more than a pyramid scheme, and second, that it has all the tell-tale signs of a cult: not a religious cult dedicated to an absurd theological proposition ("Jesus will appear on september 2nd 2005 in Troy, New York") but an economical cult to an absurd economical proposition ("if I just keep spending all my money on Amway, I will be RICH one day!"). She also has a useful chapter at the end about how to leave Amway--which is harder than it looks, as leaving any cult is.
All this is intereting and important; however, it is available on the internet--just search google for "Amway AND bad", for example, and take it from there; be sure to visit Ms. Carter's own extensive web site, by the way. (If there is one thing cults HATE, it is the internet, for just this reason, but I digress.) If this was all Ms. Carter's book was doing, one could just browse the web instead.
The really fascinating thing about Ms. Carter's book is her personal story. She tells, in fascinating, sad, and sometimes sordid details, what it REALLY means to be brainwahsed by Amway. It means losing your money, frieds, family, marriage, children, and almost your identity while becoming an "Ambot". Above all, it has a "behind-the-scenes" look at how sleazy, unethical, and manipulative the gurus (or "upline diamonds", as they are called in Amway) are, and how they manipulate their flock for their own personal benefit, while pretending to "love" them so much. The book is worth buying for that last part alone, and, indeed, it justifies the book's title.
In sum, highly recommended.
If you want to make money, start your own company and sell something (real!) that you find value in.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its a business with many facets and personalities. You can build it right or wrong. Its not about Amway, Amway is only an opportunity/conduit. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a must read for anyone that has even been associated with Amway or has had someone close to them involved in Amway.Published 6 months ago by Motsyball
Should be required reading of anyone looking seriously @ MLM. The author worked 15 years trying without making money and the last 5 years she discovered that even the poster... Read morePublished on June 30, 2014 by luke24.5
talk about deceit, this lady has an ax to grind, and it doesn't include honesty. does she also mention that she can make money from this book of lies? Read morePublished on January 7, 2012 by robert bearfield
This book is worth reading, and I did so in 2 days, partially because the content is concise and engaging enough to do so. Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by Chris
Is a good book, very brief but informative, and well documented.
Is good for starting a serious research about what Amway really is. Read more
This lady has done a great job of exposing the organisation and the lies behind it. I did Amway for 4 years, i was single, an immigrant who knew next to nothing about life in the... Read morePublished on January 7, 2010 by Reader
Once I was invited by a friend go to a party at his house. To my surprise (and to 5 other friends), the event was not fun at all. Read morePublished on July 16, 2009 by Roberto G. Burgess
After having read this book I came to this conclusion: Amway has absolutely no reason to exist. It has absolutely no retail value to the consuming public and that is confirmed by... Read morePublished on October 18, 2007 by Harlow