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"Not particularly enlightening…"
I was sent the book for a mumsnet review yonks ago and tbh, its taken me this long to bosh my way through it. I found the style somewhat trite and didn't really feel I'd learnt anything when I got to the end of it. The other reviewer has summed it up very well imho! Sorry it has taken so long to post this .Read moreLess
"Interesting but unsatisfactory read…"
This book is written by a journalist, not a psychologist and it provides light reading, despite multiple references to different research. It raises some interesting questions but I didn't feel that I've gotten satisfactory answers. Basically the author argues that a good upbringing and a happy childhood largely contribute to a successful adulthood, only he uses different literature to prove his point. The book is written in that preaching American style where the author illustrates a point via long, often sentimental, stories of different individuals, their ups and downs and so on. The book has lots of references to the American education system, but many of them relevant here as well. There are interesting facts throughout the book, and I think that any thoughtful parent will find the book engaging. The least satisfactory part of the book for me was that the author seem to think that his understanding of "success" is the same as everybody else's. Success means very different things to different people, and this was not addressed in the book. Genetic inheritance also was not addressed, it was all nurture and no nature. As many parents know even identical twins brought up in the same family with the same parents could prove to have very different characters and achieve different levels of success. For me, the book wasn't academic enough but still worth reading.Read moreLess