Eating Yourself SICK ISBN: 9781599329147, Advantage Media Group, an e-book copyright and written by Joseph S. Galati. MD.
The book opens with the author expressing his gratitude toward his family and numerous others who had taught him about three basic needs for survival in life – the 3 F’s, Family, Faith and Food. The introduction ends: “This book is the culmination of thirty years of Medicine, tens of thousands of interviews with patients and their families, and lifelong learning in the kitchen and at the dining table. I’m going to share with you what my mother instilled in me, and the lessons I have learned since, about healthy eating and the benefits of cooking for yourself and your family.” He then proceeds with ten chapters and a Conclusion examining in detail each facet of this important but too often neglected part of life that literally is killing individuals before their time. He first provides material for an overall understanding of obesity-related disease; follows with the important role played by family, food and lifestyle; then explains the ugly truth of fatty liver disease and its interrelationship with other conditions; next a simple explanation of how the body works; followed by the need for each individual to take control of his/her health; explains the difference between Man (processed and similar) Food and Earth Food, explaining in detail tricks played by the food industry and its purveyors; the importance of reviving an understanding of the kitchen and family participation; along with a chapter providing “A few Cooking Basics” with actual descriptions of basic ‘tools’; before explaining the importance of exercise routines. The last two provide his suggestions that arise from his identical activity and a conclusion that there are “No Excuses – “You gotta’ Wanna’ Do It”. The book ends with an enumeration of the author’s impressive credits and a list of seventy references.
Discussion: This book is one of the more complete books I have read on the subject of obesity, its causes, effects and what must be done to erase it. The statistics substantiating the facts set forth are too impressive to be ignored and the presentation by a very knowledgeable individual has been in a simple manner that readers of any level of education easily may comprehend. The author has produced a book this reviewer most highly recommends not only for individuals with an obesity problem, but also for any reader caught up in today’s more usual, rather frenetic way of life.
5* Highly recommended for anyone participating in today’s frenetic lifestyle.
Interrupted Entrepreneurship ISBN: 9781946633361, Forbes Books by Ramėz A. Baassiri.
The subject of Baassiri’s book is to provide information with respect to retaining a business through many generations. According to a compilation of statistical facts, this indeed is a daunting task. The author’s research discovered that “…even though family firms make up two-thirds of the businesses around the world, they struggle to survive beyond generation one” and that “only about 30 per cent of family firms make this transition successfully, while only 10-15 percent make it to generation three and only 3-4 percent make it to generation four. What’s more, it is estimated that 70 percent of a family’s inheritance is lost by the second generation and 90 percent is gone by the third generation.” The author, desirous of extending his own family business researched further and discovered that “those families that do survive are the ones willing to keep an eye on new horizons. Just because a business model or product has worked in the past doesn’t mean it will continue to do so, and while innovative diversification and delving into something altogether new could be disruptive (IE), it is an opportunity to negotiate a new path.” He then provides numerous examples of families who did just this followed with seven more chapters expanding upon how his family accepted a powerful key interruption and the adjustments they had made and how expansion of earlier preparations aided. These he followed with an eighth extolling the need for forward, positive thinking.
Discussion/Conclusion: The author has provided a template upon which to extend a family business for countless generations. Among many suggestions offered are: “Live what you love and love what you do” and to “hone your skills toward what you love to excel in”. Also included are the necessity to believe in yourself, openly communicate, be trustworthy and able to trust other family members, establish a sound basic constitution (actually similar to that of the U.S.) for running the business, avoid confrontations among the ‘board’ with respect to hiring, firing and other minutia, and above all, the CEO must be resilient, self-controlled and forward-looking with respect to entrepreneurial interruptions. The book, as so often seems to happen, offers description and suggestions somewhat repetitively throughout the chapters. However, the material provided is well documented and even scholarly in its presentation with a quite impressive list of 210 references. Thus, it is a must read for any individual running a family business or anyone anticipating such action. Also immensely interesting material as collateral knowledge for the intellectually curious.
5* Must read for family owned business; fascinating for intellectually curious.