4 out of 4 stars
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Burn Zones: Playing life’s bad hands is the autobiography of Jorge P. Newbery. The autobiography is about an aspiring entrepreneur who started his career from an early age. He banked on his determination and relentless consistency to achieve his goals. You started to admire the hard work that Jorge managed to put in at different stages of his life. Jorge's life not only devoted his success but also he cared a lot about the society and took risks when he can easily move away from all this. That says a lot about a person’s character. I was fascinated by the fearlessness of Jorge throughout his book even when he is buried in debt he was contributing to the society.
He started his working career at the age of seven as a paperboy. However, there are quite a few turning points in his life, from delivering newspapers to become a real stat mogul. His family has battered from racism and other discriminations. Neighbors used to call them gypsies. The author also managed to present the kind of racism that African Americans faced. His family and parents seemed to support him quite a lot. Especially when he decided to drop out of college. He described his father and mother as supportive.
The author thought and discussed widely the police brutality including real examples of the past. The author depicted the mindset of white Americans at that time about their African American counterparts. Media outlets and new papers have been instilled a mindset that African Americans are criminals. Even movies at that time screened with African Americans as villains.
He also presents his weaknesses in the book as do not consider any risk by nature he takes the innovative road. In the end, he learned from his mistakes and rebuild his life from the brink of bankruptcy. Images and quotes make the story more insightful and precise. This has been able to discuss the different fields such as cycling, housing and charitable work with thorough research. I can recommend this book for any new business entrepreneurs.
I could not find any grammatical mistakes. However, I would like if Jorge presents more insight into his private life. This is a brilliantly organized autobiography written with depth analysis of emotions and the characters. The author used appropriate narrations and headings throughout the book
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is very clear read and obviously can recommend to the younger kid if they can understand the financial terms and economic crisis. There are no sexually explicit or romance scenes in this book.
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