Review: Good Advice from Bad People by Zac Bissonnette


18114296Good Advice from Bad People
Zac Bissonnette
 Portfolio Trade April 29, 2014 
Pages 208
A copy was received in exchange for an honest review

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SUMMARY:
The world is full of people telling you how to live your life. Sometimes the advice-givers fall ever-so-slightly short themselves.

Bestselling author Zac Bissonnette has gathered more than seventy-five jaw-dropping gems, including risk-management advice from the man who triggered the world’s largest hedge fund collapse and tips from gay-prostitute-patronizing pastor Ted Haggard on how to build a marriage that lasts a lifetime. The result will keep you smiling while you glean all the wisdom you need to build the life you want . . . if only you can follow it better than the people who gave it.
• “When you know what you are talking about, others will follow you, because it’s safe to follow you.” —Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld, 2006 • “I think the most important thing is restore a sense of idealism and end the cynicism.” —future Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, 2002 • “The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuse, that’s the day you start to the top.” —O.J. Simpson, 1975

MY THOUGHTS
Bissonnette demonstrates what happens when high profile figureheads fail to follow their own advice. It isn’t pretty, in fact it is the perfect storm of irony. GOOD ADVICE FROM BAD PEOPLE is factual and humorous. A wonderful example of actions speak louder than words.

A super fast read leaving you chuckling and smiling while shaking your head. A few aha moments jarring your memory leaving you to say “I remember that!!!”

Bissonnette’s format cleverly cites a sage quote followed by a sketch of the person and/or topic the quote references. Here is a mini content breakdown:

17 entries involving advice gurus (financial, relationship, etc.)
14 religious figures.
13 famous athletes.
12 Republicans.
6 Democrats.
2 Presidents: Nixon and George W. Bush.
10 failed CEOs of major corporations
1 actual major corporation – Enron

Interesting, satirical and a unique read from Bissonnette confirming – take others advice with caution. “They” don’t always know and/or demonstrate best.

3 stars

Mal

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