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Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2017
I have used many Excel how-to manuals over the years, and I can say unequivocally that this is the most high-end product available for Excel business modeling. The content in this book is the type of material that you would learn in an Ivy League MBA program (~$100k in tuition) or at a top consulting firm after years experience -- all for the price of a textbook. The pedigree of the author is incredible, both academically and industry-wise, and I truly felt as if I was learning from the preeminent guy in the field. I think the biggest advantage of this book over similar products is that the author uses real-life examples that he has encountered in his decades of consulting experience in industry to teach the reader complex modeling from finance to supply chain to sports analytics. Unlike other material I have used, the author is adept at engaging the reader and making you feel like he is talking directly to you. I am a consultant at one of the most notable firms in the world, and this book has become the secret weapon that differentiates me from my peers.

Pros:
1. The examples are laid out very well and the author provides files that you can download to follow along with;
2. The author does not use boring examples like comparable products, yet real-life problems that the reader can relate to;
3. The author has a tremendous pedigree and can be considered an expert in his field;
4. The material in this book has made me the premier Excel guy at my organization that everyone comes to in order to solve problems.

Cons:
1. I feel like the author is someone that knows "a lot about a lot" and he tends to hold back on some topics just because his publisher probably imposes a page count limit on him;
2. The book is a large soft-back textbook, but it is still very portable.
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