Original Title: The Secret
Source: bought used
Genre: Non Fiction / Self Help / Spirituality
Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it.
In this book, you'll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life -- money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You'll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that's within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life.
The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers -- men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness. By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.
Title & Cover: Love the mysterious vibe!
Story: Positive thinking taken to the next level. Visualize what you want and you'll receive it (if not, you're doing something wrong).
Narrative: Lulling and full of promise (until things start getting weird)!
Characters: People who're in the know aka know The Secret!
Thoughts: Basically your thoughts are responsible for everything in your life. Sounds good to me.Then the author makes claims along the lines of as long as you think "thin" you can eat as much as you want and you won't gain weight. While this borders on funny, the next step is that negative thoughts and worries can come true as well ... yep, it's your own bloody fault when you don't recover from illness or get hit by a truck! Uhm, right ...
Genre: Non Fiction / Culture / Economy
Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems—to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it.
Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods—that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.
Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption”) derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it.
Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history—as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy.
Title & Cover: A bit basic, but I do like how a receipt has been used here!
Story: A fascinating and informative study from an anthropological and historical perspective on what debt is.
Narrative: Long winded, really really long winded ...
Characters: Debtors and creditors.
Thoughts: What intrigued me about the book (and made me request it in the first place) is the anthropological approach taken here - this certainly made for a colorful read. So if you're looking for some dry survey of the evolution of debt, this book isn't for you.
FULL REVIEW TO FOLLOW