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Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2018
I pity the editors at Simon & Schuster who had to work on this book with Dalio -- it's clear from the minimal detail, infantile writing (a lot of it reads like bad middle school book reports and essays on what happened over the summer) and unceasing platitudes that Dalio has no idea how to tell a story in the least. That they managed to extract anything readable is a miracle. I'm sure some of the actual details are their own invention -- because Dalio just doesn't deliver anything. He talks about doing business in China without saying anything at all about China. He mentions the bankruptcy of oil tycoon Bunker Hunt without at all referencing the circumstances (the man was banned from commodities trading because of illegal silver speculation).

I don't mind that I didn't learn the secret to investing or business -- genius in these areas, like most, can't quite be explained. It does bother me that reviewers on here praise this book. It's all truisms. Do they apply to every situation? Of course -- because they mean nothing -- they mean whatever you take them to mean, whatever you want them to mean. This book is the naked emperor. I'm angry that the gawkers lining the streets can't see beyond the man's status as emperor. Ugh.

And by the way, Simon & Schuster, you're doing publishing no favors either by pumping this book out. It may yield great sales in the short term, but in the long term, it keeps the public hooked to facile writing, faulty communication. And that's not a public that's likely to build a library and enhance its literacy.
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