- Paperback: 444 pages
- Publisher: Malcolm Coxall; 1 edition (March 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8494085328
- ISBN-13: 978-8494085321
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,553,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Malcolm Coxall, the author, is a management consultant and systems analyst with more than 30 years experience. Starting with a career in industrial dispute arbitration for the International Labour Organisation, Malcolm later became a free-lance systems consultant, working in mainland Europe and the Middle East. With experience working for many of the world's largest corporate and institutional players, as well as several government agencies Malcolm has acquired a ringside view of the human, organisational and management methodologies used by medium and large businesses in industries as diverse as banking, oil, defence, telecoms, manufacturing, mining, food, agriculture, aerospace, textiles and engineering. Malcolm has published articles on politics, human system design, political manipulation, environmental economics, sustainable agriculture, organic food production, forest biodiversity, and environmental protection. He is active in European environmental politics and was a successful private complainant in the European Court of Justice in several cases of national breaches of European environmental law. He now lives in Southern Spain from where he continues his consultancy work and writing, whilst managing the family's organic farm.
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This book is terrible. At first I thought I received an outline version or something, because every paragraph or so has a title, inline with the text. It really kills the flow. And there is really no tone from the author. It reads like an extremely wordy version of Wikipedia, never once convincing me that a real person wrote this.
Once I realized that this is the actual book, I was really disappointed. Even through the lengthy introduction which can be summarized with "Not all manipulation is bad," the author goes into a long list of manipulation techniques. At the start, the author presents the format for reviewing each technique, like this: "<b>Title</b>: This is the title of the technique. <b>Definition</b>: This is the definition of the technique. <b>Examples</b> :These are exa..." as if I am too stupid to realize that there will be examples under the "Examples" header.
I guess I should actually review the content of the book as well. The introductory chapters are just nails on chalkboard, saying the most obvious things like "Some people think manipulation is bad, but it can be good too" and repeating them in as many ways possible. Also, one of the manipulation techniques is "Lying" which caused me to laugh out loud. Anyone who had grown up around other people knows about lying. I guess this is an exhaustive handbook of all manipulation techniques. I will say there are throughout the book allusions and quotes of Machiavelli and Sun Tzu which piqued my interest in their respective books, but I ended up skipping chapters at the end just so I didn't feel like I wasted $8.
In short, it reads like an elementary school textbook, where no topic is explored with any real depth and lacking any excitement for the subject. Hopefully I did accidentally receive the author's outline of his book and not his actual book, because it needs to sound like it was written by a real person with decent segues and perhaps an anecdote or two.