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A life changing book

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Reviewed: 14-03-2019

Every ambitious person in their 20s should read this book. It bumps you up at least 3 notches in knowledge and analytical prowess. If you want a book which can give you a broad strokes model for understanding how life, money, economics, war, politics, law and even religion works, I would suggest you seriously consider this one. Also contrary to popular opinion this is not a political book by any means. It is descriptive. Smith merely attempts to describe, quite literally, the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. People like to try to say that this was a political tract but it's nothing more than a brass tacks economics and history lesson. It's not libertarian, contrary to what modern day libertarians would have you believe and if they actually read it, Libertarians would realize that Smith wasn't one of their ideologues; though his examination usually leans in the direction of lending support to a libertarian model of the world.

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Overrated

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Reviewed: 24-11-2018

I think that studying military strategy more generally would serve you better than reading this book to understand statecraft. At best this is a very broad anecdotal philosophy for modelling success at statesmanship and military leadership. It tries to give a generalized strategy for overcoming political and military obstacles in for people of all ages but without a strong examination of military strategy it doesn't make its case strongly enough.

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Decent introduction to cryptography

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Reviewed: 08-11-2018

Very good introduction to cryptography. Introduces the terminology domain and helps you map out the available space of the technologies and where you might want to use them.

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Solid book.

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Reviewed: 25-04-2018

Even if you were already intuitively using these techniques, this book gives you interesting ways to package and wield the techniques you were already aware of so as to reduce the confrontational aspects of negotiations in a real world scenario.