This engaging book looks at aspects of living large that are likely familiar to the wealthy, but it also offers a peek at...

How to Live Rich!

A GUIDE TO A GREAT LIFESTYLE

A self-made multimillionaire shares advice for living in this debut guide.

Being rich and living rich are not necessarily the same thing, writes Bentley, who claims to have founded and sold an unnamed technology company for more than $20 million. This guide, however, may be just as practical for millionaires as it is for those who want to “think like a millionaire (even if you are not one yet).” For both groups, the book boasts common-sense advice about such financial vehicles as credit cards, mortgages, and life insurance. The author’s counsel is nothing if not blunt: “You need two credit cards, no more. One to use and one as a backup in case your first card is declined.” His words about friendship also ring true: “for every friend who is happy with your success, there may be another who is jealous and shows it.” Much of the advice he gives will be practical for anyone, regardless of income. But some chapters, such as “Why a Second Home is Almost Free,” “The Best Island Hotels,” and “Wheels Up! How to Charter a Jet,” are appropriate only for the very rich, as they assume an affluent lifestyle to which many can only aspire. (The chapter “Ten Good Things You Can Do With Your Money,” however, suggests that there are greater aspirations in life than spending a fortune all on oneself.) If the affluent are indeed the book’s primary audience, it’s hard to believe they wouldn’t already be aware of most of the content here. Still, readers who dream big may be interested to know what it’s like to charter a yacht or collect expensive cars. Although this book reveals no remarkable secrets, it’s still a breezy read, with short chapters written in clear language.

This engaging book looks at aspects of living large that are likely familiar to the wealthy, but it also offers a peek at the millionaire’s lifestyle for those with a vicarious interest.

Pub Date: Jan. 20, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5236-1925-2

Page Count: 140

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: June 16, 2016

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Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our...

THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

A psychologist and Nobel Prize winner summarizes and synthesizes the recent decades of research on intuition and systematic thinking.

The author of several scholarly texts, Kahneman (Emeritus Psychology and Public Affairs/Princeton Univ.) now offers general readers not just the findings of psychological research but also a better understanding of how research questions arise and how scholars systematically frame and answer them. He begins with the distinction between System 1 and System 2 mental operations, the former referring to quick, automatic thought, the latter to more effortful, overt thinking. We rely heavily, writes, on System 1, resorting to the higher-energy System 2 only when we need or want to. Kahneman continually refers to System 2 as “lazy”: We don’t want to think rigorously about something. The author then explores the nuances of our two-system minds, showing how they perform in various situations. Psychological experiments have repeatedly revealed that our intuitions are generally wrong, that our assessments are based on biases and that our System 1 hates doubt and despises ambiguity. Kahneman largely avoids jargon; when he does use some (“heuristics,” for example), he argues that such terms really ought to join our everyday vocabulary. He reviews many fundamental concepts in psychology and statistics (regression to the mean, the narrative fallacy, the optimistic bias), showing how they relate to his overall concerns about how we think and why we make the decisions that we do. Some of the later chapters (dealing with risk-taking and statistics and probabilities) are denser than others (some readers may resent such demands on System 2!), but the passages that deal with the economic and political implications of the research are gripping.

Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our minds.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-374-27563-1

Page Count: 512

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: Sept. 4, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2011

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A timely, vividly realized reminder to slow down and harness the restorative wonders of serenity.

STILLNESS IS THE KEY

An exploration of the importance of clarity through calmness in an increasingly fast-paced world.

Austin-based speaker and strategist Holiday (Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, 2018, etc.) believes in downshifting one’s life and activities in order to fully grasp the wonder of stillness. He bolsters this theory with a wide array of perspectives—some based on ancient wisdom (one of the author’s specialties), others more modern—all with the intent to direct readers toward the essential importance of stillness and its “attainable path to enlightenment and excellence, greatness and happiness, performance as well as presence.” Readers will be encouraged by Holiday’s insistence that his methods are within anyone’s grasp. He acknowledges that this rare and coveted calm is already inside each of us, but it’s been worn down by the hustle of busy lives and distractions. Recognizing that this goal requires immense personal discipline, the author draws on the representational histories of John F. Kennedy, Buddha, Tiger Woods, Fred Rogers, Leonardo da Vinci, and many other creative thinkers and scholarly, scientific texts. These examples demonstrate how others have evolved past the noise of modern life and into the solitude of productive thought and cleansing tranquility. Holiday splits his accessible, empowering, and sporadically meandering narrative into a three-part “timeless trinity of mind, body, soul—the head, the heart, the human body.” He juxtaposes Stoic philosopher Seneca’s internal reflection and wisdom against Donald Trump’s egocentric existence, with much of his time spent “in his bathrobe, ranting about the news.” Holiday stresses that while contemporary life is filled with a dizzying variety of “competing priorities and beliefs,” the frenzy can be quelled and serenity maintained through a deliberative calming of the mind and body. The author shows how “stillness is what aims the arrow,” fostering focus, internal harmony, and the kind of holistic self-examination necessary for optimal contentment and mind-body centeredness. Throughout the narrative, he promotes that concept mindfully and convincingly.

A timely, vividly realized reminder to slow down and harness the restorative wonders of serenity.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-525-53858-5

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Portfolio

Review Posted Online: July 21, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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