4 out of 4 stars
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Edward Goodliffe's book, Nailed It: The Story of the Granum Gripper, is a true story of the author's life in the industrial business. In this reflective story, Goodliffe brings the business of nail-making to life for the readers.
Edward was originally from England, and he begins the story by briefly talking about his young life. He talks about some of his friends and family, and he discusses how he came to the point of deciding that he was going to leave England for Canada. He felt like taxes were high in England, and he wanted an area with more land that he could start a nail-making business on. It was the 1970s, and Edward and a few friends headed to Canada to make this dream come true, and that is how they ended up in the small town of Granum, Alberta. Once there, Edward was able to obtain land and start working on his dream. The majority of the book tells the ups and downs that he faced establishing the business, the people he met, and many events that happened during the length of time that the business was running. Near the end of the book, Edward uses his experiences to talk about issues that he has begun to see within the government and how collectivist ways are affecting small businesses.
It was interesting to read about Edward's motivation and how dedicated he was to making his dream come true. Nail-making is an industry that may seem boring to some, and I can admit that I have never even thought about that industry and what it involves. It is always fascinating to me, though, to learn about certain lifestyles or businesses that go unnoticed by most people. If we each were to stop and think about all the products we use on a daily basis, we could admit that we have no idea how much of a person's life went into production of those items. Small items like nails probably don't cross the mind of very many people. However, a man like Edward can write a book about all of the blood, sweat, and tears that went into creating that business.
I enjoyed Edward's descriptions of many of the different people that he encountered throughout his production years. His wife Jane was one of the two people who moved from England when Edward did. They were not married at the time, but they married a short time later. I enjoyed reading about his relationship with her, as well as the connections he had with many of the people that helped him in the business. He also mentioned how, years later, he has contacted a few different people that had an impact on his life during those early years.
Near the end of the book, Edward discusses the government and how there has become such a great amount of debt over the years, within the government. Most people don't own what they have anymore. Instead, the banks own everything, yet people have come to a point of having the appearance of prosperity. He talks about how socialist ways have made it difficult to run a small business such as the one that Edward put so much work into.
This was a very well-written book, and the author's passion for his business was very obvious. His story held an abundance of information. At times, it was a bit wordy, and he jumped around a bit. This especially happened when he got near the end and changed direction, talking about the government issues. That is the only slight negative in the story, yet I see his reasons for doing so, and he made some good points. While it seemed to jump directions, his discussion was still related to the main story which was his business. Because of the downfalls that he started to face in his own small business, he took the opportunity to discuss what he felt contributed to the struggles. He had some very thought-provoking views on the government and banking system.
Despite the few negatives I mentioned, I am rating the book 4 out of 4 stars. As I stated, it is a very well-written book, and the author displays a great passion for his subject area. It is not just a book about nails. It contains many aspects of life, struggles, and the society we live in. I would recommend it to anyone that may have an interest in any of these areas. Readers will need to remember that, while the book may seem wordy and full of information, it is a non-fiction book, so it is about real life. Nothing is glossed over. It is a story for those who want to connect with another person's experiences and real-life views. I admire the author's passion and expertise, and I hope this story makes its way to the hands of many readers.
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