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Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands by Jorge P. Newbery is an autobiography that chronicles his life from early days delivering newspapers to career shattering decisions later in life. Equal parts emotional rollercoaster and business strategy 101, Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands highlights the American spirit through the life story of Jorge Newberry. Filled with emotion along with pure business facts and procedures, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Newberry from his point of view.
At a young age, Newberry worked hard to earn money, save, and learn as much as he could to be a successful business mogul. He always pushed harder to learn more, earn more, and get a leg up in life. With several stumbling blocks along the way, his greatest challenge came later in life when he nearly lost everything. It was interesting to see how he handled the situation to rise above it ultimately.
I found Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. The writing is an excellent combination of fast-paced narrative with just the right amount of detail. Jorge's business ventures were exciting to read about, and I was always rooting for him to come out on top. Written from Jorge's point of view, the reader gets to know him through descriptive language and vivid storytelling. On paper, he seems to be a modest, likable person just trying to make his way in life. The book is very well edited. I found zero grammar mistakes and the writing was descriptive at times but also concise.
I also found the whole concept of "burn zones" to be fascinating. Jorge describes "burn zones" as tight spots in life that one has to expend extraordinary effort to get through. Initially used as a term for the tough spots of extra hard peddling during his cycling races, he applied the phrase to life as well. He explains how he got through the "burn zones" and even lets the reader know they are coming.
I couldn't find anything not to like about this book. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting read about one man's life story. If you like reading about business savvy folks, climbing their way to the top, this is definitely for you. Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands earned 4 out of 4 stars from me. Not only because I couldn't find any grammar mistakes, but the story itself was engaging and captivating. I did not find any profane language or erotic scenes.
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