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From Austria to America

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-09-2020

I have been looking forward to listening to Arnold's story for a while but have held off until I really needed an inspirational story. Well a global pandemic seemed a great time for the story of the greatest body building movie star history has ever produced. The first few hours of this book didn't disappoint. Arnold did have rather humble beginnings, being born into one of Europe's most generous social welfare states in Austria, which afforded him an education through the Austria's public school system before spending a short amount of time doing his part in the Austrian Army's tank core. Arnold's Army story's were intriguing as were his early body building competitions and family stories. Having hit the genetic jackpot from birth, combined with an incredible work ethic, Arnold had already won the Mr Universe title as an amateur and pro before immigrating to the USA where his presents helped to ignite the world of body building and lead seven Mr.Olympia titles as well as many other accolades. The connections that the body building world opened up for Arnold eventually leads him to becoming one of the largest movies starts the world has even seen. It's at this point the book begins to break down for me. Despite Arnold's very unique genetic make up and a start to life that provided him a free education through a very well funded public school system provided by the Austrian government, he begins to rattle out the rather over used and worn out idea that, "if you just work hard enough, you too can become whatever you want in America" and how his parents were not overly wealthy, but look at me I'm a success. This is despite his own admission in the book that the American public schooling system is poorly funded with children turning to gangs and crime, which doesn't exactly equate to many of America's children having the same opportunity as Arnold. Many of them are coming out of the school system laden with debt, no special genetic make up and many with poor social connections. This leads to his Republican idea's and entrance into politics, which simply then made this book difficult to get through. I find it difficult to listen to people who become so detached from society due to the enormous wealth they have accumulated. Arnold considers his wealth a measurement of his success, rather than gauging his success on a moral compass and being a better human to his fellow people. I was disappointed at the amount of time he spent on discussing politic's and real estate purchases, rather than discussing his movies in more depth, but you can't take away the incredible success story of Arnold. I would encourage everyone read this book despite my one star rating.

The truth about investing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-2020

It’s refreshing to hear how a bunch of mathematicians with no idea about the markets makes billions.

Fascinating listen

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-2020

Understanding how one of the wealthiest families on earth came to be is the only reason you need to listen to this book.

I liked it

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-2020

This challenged my way of thinking and ultimately changed the way I see the political party’s of the US and Donald Trump. Whilst I liked the core message I find it hard to get excited and passionate about politics nor do I agree with all that is covered, however I would recommend anyone frustrated with the political situation to listen to this book.

Not for me

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 20-05-2020

I have listen to this book in full to realise that I’ve listened to this book before and returned it. Which is funny considering the context of the story. It’s a firm not for me twice now.

A good read for anyone starting out.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-2020

Dr. Marc Bubbs provides a good overview of an array of specialist area's that will help anyone wanting to understand athletic performance better. From education on your sleep to glucose function during a race to team sport nutrition, PEAK does it best to uncover every aspect of athletic performance along with quality referencing of other professionals or related research material. I didn't find this an inspirational listen but it has filled a number of gaps in my own understanding of performance.

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Makes you think

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-2019

I love books that make you expand your mind and think beyond the status quo. I struggled at times with the complexity of the story which may simply be my mind not being able to absorb information that is so new and foreign to my thinking. I would like to hear more about the live examples of each person mentioned so I can follow up their stories. All up it’s worth a listen

I need Adam to do more actual research

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 28-09-2019

The title of this book, is the best thing about this book and definitely what made me purchase it. That’s the favorable part of my review. The negative part of my review is formed mainly through Adam discussing his opinion without factual support. There are numerous instances of this but I will simply name two. Firstly Adam states that Coeliac disease is a type of irritable bowel. Wow, this really annoyed me as it is such an uneducated thing to say in a book that may shape people’s opinions. Coeliac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten which creates inflammation that damages the small intestine lining. More specifically the bowel is covered in tiny, hair-like projections called villi that break-down and absorb food nutrients. In a Coeliac the villi become inflamed and flattened by the gluten. Gluten is a word in Latin meaning glue. Doctor David Perlmutter goes beyond discussing the effects Gluten has on a diagnosed Coeliac by discussing the effects of gluten on non-coeliac patients in his research based booked call Grain Brain (Thats a great book). For many years I had no obvious reaction to gluten, however my reactions now mirror my coeliac children’s reactions with extreme vomiting and periods of being extremely unwell when exposed to food that is only contaminated. I won’t go into the significant mental and physical benefits a gluten free diet has had for me and my family, but this goes well beyond the poultry description Adam offers up. Adam also dismisses a Paleo diet like any other fad that sees people gain and lose weight and in his opinion this diet is rather pointless as we are eating better now than ever. Again, there is no evidence in what he is saying to back this up, it’s just an opinion. With the introduction of sugar into our diets, antibiotics and corn syrup to name a few items we are seeing some of the most obese humans in history. Paleo is also a life style choice of eating, not an attempt to lose weight necessarily. I should also point out I am not nor have I even chosen to eat a strictly Paleo diet. I won’t go any further than this but I will simply state that I can not recommend this book to anyone.

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Fantastic

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Reviewed: 27-07-2019

Carlo Rovelli has done a fantastic job in helping us understand Quantum physics. I was entertained from start to finish and would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in physics.

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Fantastic

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Reviewed: 27-07-2019

I loved this book. To understand flow and the lives of extreme sports was something I have not gotten from any other book. I can see why this was a New York best seller and I would recommend it to any sports minded person.