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Jon Finkel has written for Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, GQ, Details, The New York Times, ComedyCentral.com, Yahoo! Sports' ThePostGame.com and many more. Jon has interviewed hundreds of athletes and written cover stories, columns and features on everyone from Hall of Famers to Olympic champions to Wiffle ball stars. Jon is the author of Heart Over Height with 3x NBA Slam Dunk Champion Nate Robinson, as well as the hit fatherhood book, The Dadvantage - Stay in Shape on No Sleep with No Time and No Equipment. He authored The Three Dollar Scholar - Awesome Advice for Acing Life's Major Decisions and Mindless Debates, as well as all twelve titles in the the award-winning Greatest Stars of the NBA book series. His previous book, Forces of Character, with 3x Super Bowl Champion and Fighter Pilot, Chad Hennings, was released in the Fall of 2015. For more information on Jon and his books, visit: www.jonfinkel.com Follow him on Twitter at: @Jon_Finkel
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Finkel has taken an interesting topic and done virtually nothing with it. He produced not more than forty pages (an MA level assignment) of very basic and somewhat simplistic information, published at 14 pt font, then double spaced everything, and crammed it into 124 pages, mostly white space. 10% of the pages contain only three lines of glib, and several only one line; the remaining space including being double spaced and therefore not used, amounts to some 50% of the "book" I purchased - nothing. While Finkel may have attempted some research of his very interesting thesis, there are no footnotes, no references, certainly no bibliography. Hardly a book, this publication actually is a fairly good outline of what could be a very interesting addition to presidential history. However, there remains at least a year of research, writing, and editing -- all of which is so desperately needed. For a start, and only a start, Finkel might consider the twenty-one pages of bibliography and forty-four pages of notes from Thomas R. Flagel, "The History Buff's Guide to the Presidents" (Naperville, IL: Cumberland House, 2007). Currently and as written, this is of the quality of Ralph's school report of "What I Want for Christmas." With a lot of effort and some time, this could be an interesting piece. As it is and for what it suggests, this is a FAILURE.
Just finished Jocks in Chief. Extremely fun read. For anyone who loves to debate sports or politics, this gives you a unique twist to the typical bar room debates. If you do read it (and you should), I would encourage you to get your friends to buy it as well that way you can debate the rankings afterwards.
This election year, while the talking heads are pondering each candidate's policy bonafides, I'm all over here like, "Bro, do you even lift?" Finkel's insightful and well-researched look into this underrated presidential attribute is not without merit, since sometimes an executive's stewardship of his body can be predictive of his stewardship of the Oval. Without reading this book, name a single landmark decision made by the onerously large President Taft.........
Exactly. Think about that when you cast your votes this fall. You don't have to vote for the best athlete but after reading Finkel's latest, you may be yearning for a Commander-in-Chief that is at least as capable of tossing a spiral as he is of kissing babies.
This is a fun read for even the most casual fan of history and a must read for any fitness-and-freedom loving iron junkie!