First Survivor

First Survivor, an e-book published, copyright and written by Mark Unger.

The book is sub-titled “The Impossible Childhood Cancer Breakthrough”. The presentation follows with the author’s “true story of our unique journey. All proceeds from this book will go to the Carrot Seed Foundation where they will be used to fund neuroblastoma trials and support the children and families who are stricken by this disease..” There follows an account of this closely knit, loving family and how they reacted to learning that their 3-year old son had neuroblastoma. At the time of his acquisition this malignancy provided practically zero survival rate. The story then follows how they managed to cope with the tragedy – the need for constant care largely provided by assistance from the child’s mother both while in the cancer treatment centers and the periods at home. Simultaneous the attempts by the father to keep his only slightly older brother who was the stricken child’s constant companion from feeling unloved and ‘left out’, And all of this while attempting to maintain some business activity. At the same time these intelligent individuals were themselves delving into treatment plans available throughout much of the world, suggesting possible changes to the sympathetic, cooperative and receptive physicians who themselves were completely involved in attempting to move treatment for these unfortunate children toward a better prognosis. And perhaps most importantly is the part played by the child patient who at this early age was immensely corporative acting with a maturity far beyond his age through Cat-Scans, extremely painful bone biopsies, horrendous surgical procedures and repeated bouts of chemotherapy. Fortunately, the combined efforts of all of the principals finally delivered a live individual free of this devastating disease.

Discussion: The author has set forth an extremely detailed account of the day to day activity of the child, various doctors, his wife, the child’s emotionally close brother and his hours of researching neuroblastoma. It is a book that is a must read for any parents who have a child suffering from the same malignancy, as well as offering a template for family activity when even similar devastating disease strikes one of their small children. For those parents newly encountering this devastating condition the author has included 13 pages of glossary, 10 pages of Medical Background which are further explanations and 21 pages of a concise list of the child’s survival activity

Summary: . A truly remarkable depiction of growth of a protocol that has led to a remarkable survival rate for suffers of a malignant tumor once with an almost zero survival rate.

5* Remarkable child’s battle with a zero survival rate cancer.


Go Slow to Grow Fast

Go Slow to Grow Fast ISBN: 9781946633477. Forbes Books copyright and written by Brent R. Tilson.

The author opens with an introduction explaining his early moves and development as an entrepreneur, his early positions and final decision to proceed with his own entrepreneurial activity. Specifically his activity is aiding big business owners to avoid the trap suffered by so many. According to an MIT study, 1 in every 4 high growth businesses fail within 6 years and one of the most important affects actually, the company’s largest investment item, the employees. Frequently in fast growing companies a culture clash occurs between seasoned and new employees. Here, a way to avoid this difficulty is presented along with precise ways of avoiding and/or remedying the other numerous problems resulting from growing too big too fast.

The material is presented in eight chapters using driving an automobile and problems encountered therewith as a template for comparison. Chapter 1 is Losing Traction followed by Slipping out of gear, Overheating, Into the Garage, Shifting the Operations Gear, Shifting the People Gear and Driving and Thriving.

Discussion: Some of the many problems encountered will be familiar to individuals running ‘big’ businesses. For each of these the author provides a workable answer. Included among them, besides moral and decrease in average tenure of employees, are such matters as loss of a major client, operational weaknesses, weak performance management practices and more. There are a growing number of books dealing with business problems today. All seem to offer large amounts of helpful suggestions. This is the first I have read that targets that specific group of businesses, and there seem to be a growing number, that have experienced rapid growth. This would appear to be required reading for such an audience before the problems encountered become too big and disaster sets in. Parenthetically, the closing statement by the author regrettably may not ‘set too well’ with some readers. However, this reviewer was particularly impressed with the author’s final statement. He graciously acknowledges numerous individuals who have been helpful in his obviously successful career and has the commendable temerity to end with “Finally, I am thankful to be covered by the grace of my Lord Jesus Christ, without him I am nothing.”

5* Especially for targeted group.