Review by Tomah -- Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery

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Review by Tomah -- Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Burn Zones" by Jorge P. Newbery.]
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Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands is an autobiographical non-fiction book written by Jorge P. Newbery. The author is a serial entrepreneur who started working at age seven as a paperboy, used his savings from various jobs to start a record business, and eventually became a real estate mogul. He saw all of his life's hard work go to waste as an ice storm hit an apartment complex he was trying to develop. This triggered a series of events culminating in financial collapse, forcing him to find a way to regain his footing.

The most important and recurring theme in the book is the concept of burn zones. As a former bike racer, the author defines burn zones as short but intense stretches in a race that test one's limits and separate winners from losers. He believes that all of us, not just athletes, face several burn zones in our personal lives that define who we are. All of the book's stories try to illustrate and reinforce that notion, showing how the author overcame his burn zones and inspiring the reader to do the same.

The author is great at painting vivid pictures of the events he witnessed. You take an intimate look at the '80s punk scene through the eyes of an idealistic young man, experience a rush of adrenaline as you read about bike races, face the thrill and despair of high-risk business ventures, etc. The rich details make for an engaging read from start to finish.

While the first six chapters are mostly focused on professional pursuits, the last four deal with more personal events that happened in the past few years. The author talks about his involvement with the Occupy movement, his marriage, and his father's death. These chapters are significantly shorter, but they offer a satisfying and heartwarming conclusion to the book. The author's memories of his father's last days are particularly touching, and you really feel the strong bond between these two.

I only found two grammatical errors and a minor typo, so the book is generally well-edited. Given that, I'm confident in rating Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands 4 out of 4 starts. It's an excellent read suitable for all audiences, featuring simple and accessible language without swear words or inappropriate content. Whether you are a young person unsure about the future, an entrepreneur trying to deal with some crisis, a worker facing an important career decision, or anyone else dealing with uncertainty and change, you should be able to extract valuable lessons from the book.

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I think books like this are more empowering than any self-help book that promises steps or some formula for success. I like the analogy the author employed with the "burn zones," and I'm glad to see that there isn't any tone of self-importance (which is a problem I have with these types of books) in the book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one!

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inaramid wrote:
13 Jul 2019, 01:41
I think books like this are more empowering than any self-help book that promises steps or some formula for success. I like the analogy the author employed with the "burn zones," and I'm glad to see that there isn't any tone of self-importance (which is a problem I have with these types of books) in the book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one!
Agreed, this is one of the main reasons I'm wary of self-help books in general. The author really is very down-to-earth. It would be easy for him to judge others and tell everyone how to live their lives based on his success story, but he turns out to be very socially conscious and aware of his mistakes.

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I also found this book amazing. A quote from Nelson Mandela was especially eye opening. Thanks for the wonderful review.

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Wyland wrote:
13 Jul 2019, 12:10
I also found this book amazing. A quote from Nelson Mandela was especially eye opening. Thanks for the wonderful review.
It was this one, right? "The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail." Wise words to live by, for sure. Thank you for commenting!

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This sounds like a book everyone can learn from. Thank you for your review!
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This book is a masterpiece and you has immeasurable worth. Your review is great as well. Good job, Tomah.
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I haven't read the book, but your review has piqued my interest. Especially since you recommend it to "an entrepreneur dealing with a crisis."
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This is really a great book. I have also obtained valuable lessons in this book. I especially like the strong family bond that the author has portrayed in this book.

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I enjoyed your review. I'm not sure if we read the same version and my first reaction was the same, I thought it was all audience ok. But when I went back through, there was actually quite a bit of profanity, the NWA song, what the cyclist yells at him, and his own experience with racial slurs being used on him. He's so conversational it just blended in.
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thaservices1 wrote:
27 Jul 2019, 17:36
I enjoyed your review. I'm not sure if we read the same version and my first reaction was the same, I thought it was all audience ok. But when I went back through, there was actually quite a bit of profanity, the NWA song, what the cyclist yells at him, and his own experience with racial slurs being used on him. He's so conversational it just blended in.
True, I didn't register the racial slurs as particularly profane, but that's something I should've taken note of. There were probably other instances I missed as well, so thanks for bringing this up!

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I'm not a huge fan of self help books, so this would be a good alternative to the typical kind of cliche books that are available. Learning from other people and their experiences can be invaluable. Thanks for the recommendation!
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Definitely an inspiring and poignant account of setbacks and success by Jorge P. Newbery. Loved it.
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Smrithy wrote:
20 Aug 2019, 03:16
Definitely an inspiring and poignant account of setbacks and success by Jorge P. Newbery. Loved it.
Thanks for the comment! Very inspiring indeed.

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I loved this book and the author has done a great job in being genuine in revealing his own shortcomings. Great review.

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