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No one knows what tomorrow will be. That is a simple fact which influences all major decisions we make in life. The book, Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands is a testimony of this unchanging fact of life.
It is an autobiography of the author, Jorge P. Newbery, a successful entrepreneur, distressed debt and real-estate investor. He turned around some of the most troubled housing complexes and amassed a portfolio of 4,000 apartments across the USA between 1992 and 2005. This book is a treasure store of knowledge.
The opening chapter of the book narrates how young Jorge gradually moved up the ladder of success. With the full support of his parents, he was able to undertake the task of delivering newspapers on his bicycle in all kinds of weather at the tender age of seven. Encouraged by the little fortune he was able to save from this job, he moved on to other jobs and surmounted different kinds of obstacles. By the age of 14, he has saved up some few thousands in the bank. He found a door of opportunity in real estate where he was able to restructure about 4,000 units of houses. His net worth skyrocketed into millions of dollars. Then, the unexpected happened. This book describes situations we all have to go through at some point in life. Life is not a bed of roses, and everyone needs to develop the resilience and temerity needed to survive such situations. Those who lack these qualities might end up committing suicide.
The writing of this book was excellently done. There are no typographical or grammatical errors in the book. The sequence of events is believable and there is a lot to learn from the author's life story. The narrative flows smoothly and its descriptions are vivid. I love how the author made use of pictures in the narrative. It made the story come alive. I also love how the book discouraged racism. Jorge's marriage to Verria was a major highlight in the story, and their beautiful wedding picture was attached to this section. The lessons I learned from this book have helped me reshape my expectations for the future. I am better equipped to take on life's challenges.
I would recommend this book for both adults and kids who are interested in gaining useful knowledge on the principles of life. However, those already in their old age might not find much use for it. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
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