Biographies

book review | The 50th Law by 50 cent and Robert Greene

the 50th law 50 cent and robert greene book reviewAuthor: 50 Cent; Robert Greene
Title: The 50th Law
Series: –
Genre: Self-Help; Philosophy
Pages: 291
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Now here’s a book I never thought I’d read. “The 50th Law” by 50 cent, yes, the rapper, and author Robert Greene. And interesting piece on personal development.

About the Book: A biographical book of Curtis Jackson, better known by his scene name – 50 cent, describing his journey to success. From ruthless streets to ruthless music industry, where he had to learn not only to go with the flow, but swim against it too, to stay on top of that pulse of relevancy. And with the help of Robert Greene, he tells exactly how he did it.

My Opinion: I don’t really like 50 cent, not his music, not his public persona, that’s why I’m still confused at how I got this book in the first place. Generally this is an interesting book, one of those motivational ones, but with cold leads and prodding, applying classic philosophy and art of war onto the streets of today. As, in a sense, are all Robert Greene books.

This makes for an interesting biography. A 4 out of 5.

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book review | You will get through this night by Daniel Howell

you will get through this night daniel howell book review dan is so cool likeAuthor: Daniel Howell
Title: You Will Get Through This Night
Series: –
Genre: Nonfiction; Self-Help
Pages: 320
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I used to watch Daniel Howell on YouTube way back when, but then, for some reason, stopped. Still, I kept up with the majors, like his coming out video that I will post below. And now I’ve also read his wonderful book, called “You Will Get Through This Night“.

About the Book: This book is pretty much all you need for your mental health first aid kid. From cheating and playing your own system, to being better to yourself. From self care at its core, so self grounding when that overthinking thought-thought train derails.

My Opinion: This is like the best parts of all the self-help books I’ve ever read. On top of that, author assures he did his consultation and research, but encourages to seek help if it seems like it’s not enough. There’s little exercises you can totally skip if it gets overwhelming, and very relatable examples from Dan’s life.

I recommend this very much. A 5 out of 5.

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book review | Apollo 1: The Inside Story by David Whitehouse

apollo 11 the inside story david whitehouse book reviewAuthor: David Whitehouse
Title: Apollo 11: The Inside Story
Series: –
Genre: History; Science
Pages: 320
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Somehow I have quite a few books on Apollo missions. Among which was “Apollo 11: The Inside Story” by David Whitehouse. A tale of the great space race to reach the moon.

About the Book: Author David Whitehouse has collected the tales of all the key players and put together a story of tension, rivalry, drama, and tragedies. From pioneers, to satellites, to rovers. The path to success, to the moon, is splattered with sweat, tears, and blood.

My Opinion: There’s quite a bit of tech stuff, but nothing’s too big or too serious. Worst is the dark side of the human beings. With rivalry unfolding there were true tragedies. And then once the goal got achieved, heroes got forgotten, in a sense, their troubles – no longer interesting. Kind of makes you wonder why we try so hard.

If you enjoy the moon landing tales, then go for it. A 4 out of 5.

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book review | The Mastermind by Evan Ratliff

evan ratliff the mastermind drugs empire murder betrayal true crime book reviewAuthor: Evan Ratliff
Title: The Mastermind
Series: –
Genre: True Crime; Biography
Pages: 480
Rate: 4/5 | goodreads

Ah, criminal masterminds. Whenever I read books like “The Mastermind” by Evan Ratliff, I can’t help but hope a biography of someone like Andrew Scott’s Jim Moriarty.

About the Book: Evan Ratliff has spent a decade on the case of a black web of crime, drugs, murder and games with the law. He contacted all he could, from family, to passerby’s, from goons, to lieutenants. Picking up information wherever he could, refusing to leave any stone unturned, putting together a true story of a criminal empire that began with selling prescription drugs online. And its ruler, Paul Le Roux.

My Opinion: It’s so very well written, you can definitely tell author has put a lot of heart into this. The story itself, well told, was interesting enough too. One of those “rise and fall” kind of tales, and a real one to that.

A good, solid book. Firm 4 out of 5.

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book review | Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul by Leila Taylor

darkly black history and americas gothic soul leila taylor book cover reviewAuthor: Leila Taylor
Title: Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul
Series: –
Genre: History; Memoir
Pages: 207
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Finally, a truly good book! “Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul” by Leila Taylor is a beautiful memoir that encompasses black history and it’s great part, contribution and fit with the gothic subculture.

About the Book: When people already look upon you as “other” due to sheer ignorance or lack of representation, such vile ideas as “goth is so white” only serve to deepen the rift between “them” and “us“. In short, but with plenty of details, this book weaves together America’s history, specifically the black history that is too often hushed and overlooked, and that of gothic subculture.

My Opinion: First of all, let me just gloat in the fact someone put it so well what a goth is and what it might entail, without any ridiculous elitism that many “elder goths” shun like they don’t do it with “it’s the music scene, you must at least enjoy the music” as if those dusty records matter any more than fanciful relics of a culture no one bothers to research deeper. This way some jackass eventually comes up with that saying above, and other morons repeat it, thinking it “trendy” or “cool” (you know whom I pointing at). And second of all, this is a damn good book. Author speaks in short, but there’s enough details to follow and remain interested from cover to cover, with witty, heartwarming, and scary, heartbreaking stories to emphasize the point. Truly, I cannot recommend it enough.

A very good book. 5 out of 5.

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book review | Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain

anthony bourdain medium raw book reviewAuthor: Anthony Bourdain
Title: Medium Raw
Series: –
Genre: Autobiography; Nonfiction
Pages: 288
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I miss watching Anthony Bourdain travels. They used to inspire me, revive this love for the world in my heart. So I picked up “Medium Raw“, his autobiography, in hopes to get a little bit of that. And I will surely read what other books he put out there too.

About the Book: The book is a bit of a jumble of things. He tells us of restaurants, chefs, and very deep behind the scenes of the industry. Some aspects of his life, tales of adventures. Gives opinions on people, certain, named ones, and just general crowds. And goes into philosophical debates over aspects he was passionate about.

My Opinion: It’s a fascinating read, start to end. And, truly, I wish there was more. Looking forwards to the other books, at least.

You don’t have to agree with everything he says to appreciate the inspiration, the strive for the better. A 5 out of 5.

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book review | The Ice Man by Philip Carlo

the ice man philip carlo mafia contract killer book reviewAuthor: Philip Carlo
Title: The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer
Series: –
Genre: True Crime; Biography
Pages: 410
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer” by Philip Carlo is not an easy book to get into, but it’s definitely worth it. Dark, horrible, and absolutely fascinating tale of Richard Kuklinski, the ice cold killer.

About the Book: Fathered by a brutal man and not wholly there mother Richard witnessed his father beat his brother to death. Yet he doesn’t blame his upbringing for the things he did. In his words, paraphrasing, what he did, he chose to do. And the only thing he truly regrets is not killing his father when there was a chance. Other than that, it was all fair game. From rivals, snitches, bad guys in general, to passerby’s who just happened to be there when he was out to test his new toy, rowdy teens or just stupid drivers. The only taboo in Kuklinski’s book were women and children.

My Opinion: Rats eating people alive, body parts torn off, sharks, cyanide, an arsenal of weapons that allowed him to walk the streets for so long – no one suspected it could be one man doing so much work, from testing, training, to contract killing or outright justice slaying. Brutal to a point where it’s hard to wrap your mind around he went out of his way to save trafficked children, murdering rapists with pleasure. Never cheated on his wife, loved his children dearly, and at the end – did his best to lessen their involvement when it all came out.

It’s a tough book. This man here had golden traits to him that some good people are falling short on. But then, he was an absolute monster. Can only hope there’s no more of such walking the streets. A 5 out of 5, chilling tale indeed. Made worse by the truth of it.

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book review | Hunting Whitey by Casey Sherman

hunting whitey casey sherman dave wedge book reviewAuthor: Casey Sherman
Title: Hunting Whitey
Series: –
Genre: True Crime; Nonfiction
Pages: 368
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Not gonna lie, I had no clue who James “Whitey” Bulger was up until reading “Hunting Whitey” by Casey Sherman. A life and death book of a legendary South Boston mob boss.

About the Book: A ruthless mob boss, self proclaimed gentleman, and a loving father to his children. James “Whitey” Bulger’s name is mentioned along side such notorious ones as Al Capone or Vito Genovese. This is a book of his long overdue capture, long and tough years in prison, and death by murder.

My Opinion: A pretty good book, well written, with plenty of details and names (an important factor for fact-checking). I’m just surprised I had no clue who this man was, since he was second most wanted man in the USA, just after Osama bin Laden.

While the book is good, and I approve of it for October, if you just want a tale of mobsters and gangsters, I’d go with something more fun, like one of those Hollywood Godfather books (there’s a few “former” gangsters who wrote amazing memoirs). But this one gets a solid 4 out of 5.

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book review | Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

furiously happy jenny lawson book reviewAuthor: Jenny Lawson
Title: Furiously Happy
Series: –
Genre: Biography; Humor
Pages: 329
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

What a nice book. I’ve laughed out loud while reading “Furiously Happy: A funny book about horrible things” by Jenny Lawson. It was informative, interesting, and very entertaining.

About the Book: Author Jenny Lawson has severe depression and many other unpleasant mental things. And in this book she describes, sometimes in too much detail, her life, family, therapy, she shows us ways to cope. A way to find strength to get up in the morning. A way to find motivation to change into something else than pj’s. And what to do if you don’t find strength or motivation. All while cracking jokes and sharing profound truths.

Everything in the world either is or isn’t pandas.

My Opinion: My most favorite profound truth is in quote above. It’s an amazing book everyone should read, including those who got no known mental illnesses. There’s a lot to be learned here. Most important lesson of all being how not to beat yourself for the way you operate.

A great book I must recommend. 5 out of 5 from me, to the woman who made me laugh so much while talking about such scary things.

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book review | Black Holes and Baby Universes by Stephen Hawking

stephen hawking black holes and baby universesAuthor: Stephen Hawking
Title: Black Holes and Baby Universes
Series: –
Genre: Nonfiction; Science
Pages: 192
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I’ve read “Black Holes and Baby Universes” by Stephen Hawking for about a year. Not fully due to my understanding of physics being too small, and want to understand – too great, thus with a need arising constantly to go find more information and some explanations. But also due to this book being a very pleasant exercise for brain, something to wake up to that doesn’t instantly dumb you down for the day.

About the Book: The book consists out of shot little varied essays. From biography, life, illness, and what it meant for the author. To theories of black holes, particles they radiate, space travel, imaginary time, our universe, how it began, how it might end. Most of it is very easy to grasp and understand, and all of it is interesting and very easy to read.

My Opinion: The book, the essays, are written so well that at times you find yourself cold, because you just sat there, in the open cosmos, staring at a black hole radiating particles, or chasing after dark matter. It was very interesting and pleasant to learn more of topics seemingly so widely discussed nowadays, what with the unbelievable photograph of an actual black hole having happened. And even though, yes, I needed to ask friends in the field of physics, to explain me some things, which they graciously and patiently did, the book was so worth reading, and is absolutely accessible even to people like me – with less than bare minimum of physics knowledge. Besides, author has a pretty great personality that shines through. And if Hawking himself says everyone and anyone can achieve greatness, well, we better get on with it.

Which Hawking book should I take next? Because I absolutely need another one. This one gets a firm 5 out of 5, and I can highly recommend it to all the curious souls out there.

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