Review by Michelle Fred -- The Billionaires’ Handbook

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[Following is a volunteer review of "The Billionaires’ Handbook" by Andrew Stevenson.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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I was euphoric when I saw The Billionaires' Handbook: A User's Guide to Wealth and Power. I thought I had found a way to grace the cover of Forbes Magazine as the latest member of the billionaires’ club. Alas, author Andrew Stevenson pulverized my hopes of globe-trotting on a private jet and lounging on a private island all day. In consolation, I came away with a new perspective that got me wondering how noble my billionaire ambitions are. I haven't given up the billionaire dream, though.

Like me, if you thought you have found the coveted secret of the super-rich, you thought wrong. But if you have ever wondered how the rich keep getting richer amid dwindling life quality, health care, and social welfare, read on.

Through the employment of satire and illustrations, Andrew takes the reader on an expository journey of how billionaires have gained and kept their wealth over the years. According to Andrew, right from the times of feudalism to the current system he terms “cynicism,” the rich have remained on top of the game by writing the rules. When a player writes the rules of the game, you can guess whose interest is most paramount.

I enjoyed Andrew’s use of humour and symbolic illustrations to draw attention to societal problems, caused by the burgeoning gap between the rich and poor. The images of blind-folded men garbed in cooperate attires symbolize rich industrialists and how they turn a blind eye to the problems they cause. Why should they care about their workers when a replacement is a LinkedIn post away? Who cares about environmental pollution when you can live on Mars? Pointing out a problem is easy, proffering solutions is where the work lies. With books like this, I look out for plausible solutions proffered by the author. Thankfully, Andrew didn't disappoint.

Even though I agree with most of Andrew’s views, I consider his approach too simplistic for a problem as complex as social inequity. The brevity of his assertions and proposed solutions doesn't afford a reader an in-depth understanding of the subject.

The book’s editing is meticulous, and the pages are adorned with rich and relevant illustrations. Andrew’s writing style is punchy and witty. Considering the above positives, I rate the book 3 out of 4 stars. I didn’t give it a perfect rating because I believe the subject isn’t fleshed out. The book will appeal to anyone that likes satirical literature centred on social justice. It's is devoid of eroticism and vulgarity.

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Like you I was disappointed with this book in terms of creating wealth. I enjoyed though the author's humour.

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Harty wrote:
16 May 2020, 09:55
Like you I was disappointed with this book in terms of creating wealth. I enjoyed though the author's humour.
Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it.

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Despite the flaws you pointed out, this book seems interesting for the food for thought it offers with the humor used to explain very serious problems. Thank you for your great review!
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So it is a book about bad aspects of being rich!! Sounds interesting. Thanks for the nice review 👍👍
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I hope that the author takes your suggestions and develops the book in order to give more nuanced opinion. Thanks for the review!

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NetMassimo wrote:
19 May 2020, 10:38
Despite the flaws you pointed out, this book seems interesting for the food for thought it offers with the humor used to explain very serious problems. Thank you for your great review!
Thanks for your comment.

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Sushan wrote:
21 May 2020, 19:52
So it is a book about bad aspects of being rich!! Sounds interesting. Thanks for the nice review 👍👍
Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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gen_g wrote:
22 May 2020, 04:00
I hope that the author takes your suggestions and develops the book in order to give more nuanced opinion. Thanks for the review!
Thanks for your comment.

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Sorry about the disappointments. I was disappointed too. Upon completing reading the book, a different attitude towards billionaires had already developed in my heart. I like the reason for rating the book at 3 stars. That was a thorough review. Kudos.
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I think using satire to make a point in a book can be an effective tool, but only if it is done the right way. It sounds like this book fell a little short of that mark. Thanks for an insightful review!

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The users guild to wealth. This is a book for every one. This is a packed full of Information and ideas. The book is filled with suspense. You can’t predict the content of this book buy just viewing the cover. You have to read it and see what it entails. The review says it all. I enjoyed it.

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I was really interested to find about more on this book. Your detailed review was really helpful to get an idea about the book. Thanks for a well written review!
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I do love some relevant illustrations, though my dreams are often pulverized by unrealistic solutions too. You make some excellent points here for sure!

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“Who cares about environmental pollution when you can live on Mars?” That question speaks volumes and gives me an idea of the satire in this book. It sounds like it would elicit a few chuckles, but think I’ll will pass on this one. Thanks for a great, entertaining review!

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