3 out of 4 stars
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In his late eighties, Larry Field is still working full time and enjoying the real-estate business. He states in his memoir of Not So Bad—From The Bronx to Beverly Hills: “Real estate is still the easiest business to go into, at any age, and build a substantial equity.” (location 9690)
In his memoir, Field not only shares his tips and business practices in real estate but also lessons he has learned and ethical behaviors obtained through his many jobs and life experiences. His parents were both poor Hungarian Jewish immigrants who moved to New York in the early 1920s. He was born in 1930 during the Great Depression and began working as a box boy at age eleven in his father’s neighborhood store. From box boy, busboy, and soap seller to law school, renting apartments, partnerships, and starting his own real estate company, Field shares his successes, as well as his failures, in his entertaining memoir.
The author described his childhood growing up in The Bronx, his parents, college and army life, and his many different work experiences. He also included famous people he has met and people who were his partners in business. I best liked the lessons he learned along the way. Some of the earliest lessons he learned as a boy was to take care of other people’s property and to never steal or do anything that might seriously injure another person. These were Field’s practices he carried out throughout his life in business affairs. I like that Field shared his philosophy about money and the things he values. I also like that he included things about his wife, her character and influence on him, and adding things about his two daughters’ lives and accomplishments.
The author used easy-to-understand language about real estate and gave some great tips and insights into the business. For anyone interested in getting started into real estate, this book would be of great value. People who like to read memoirs and personal, as well as business stories, would enjoy this book. Field’s family and friends would like this book the very best since it is a detailed book on Field’s life, family, and business experiences. People not interested in real estate and who dislike memoirs would like this book the least.
Though the author is a millionaire, he did not come across as being arrogant. Instead, he came across as someone with integrity and one who I would gladly do business with if I had an opportunity. I rate Not So Bad—From The Bronx to Beverly Hills by Lawrence N. Field 3 out of 4 stars. One star was deducted because of the over ten comma and hyphen errors. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would gladly give it a four-star rating if the book would undergo another round of editing. There was nothing that I did not like about the book. Although I would prefer if the chapters had been numbered. It deserves a three-star over a two-star rating because of personal anecdotes, humor, and some useful tips on the real-estate business. The advice given on real estate could be implemented in any business or entrepreneur endeavor.
Not So Bad - From The Bronx to Beverly Hills
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