Make a new strategy to win the fight. We as the readers are attracted to the tales of one sided fights where the smaller side wins against all odds. In real life however, we often skip over the odds, and assume that they are stacked against the opponent. In reality, the same place where they get that power, is also their weakness.
You rarely win a fight if you play by the stranger opponents rules, that's why the underdogs always assume that they have to play it by their rules. Furthermore, to win as an underdog you need belief that you can win – and this often comes from having a better reason.
Ivan Arreguin-Toft studied all the wars over the past 200 years.When he looked at one sided battles, he realized that the better off country had a 70% chance of winning the fight. Then however, he looked at where the smaller country fought with irregular tactics, he found that they won more times than lost. In this case, the underdogs win in 2/3rds of the time.
All in all, this thought provoking book brought up some very interesting questions that truly inspire me as a reader.
The author (Hughes) tells the story of the 442nd battalion, through the perspective of two friends. These two friends are Yuki and Shig who, left their families to fight in what they believe in. They were soon shipped off to Europe to fight the Germans. As they fought their way up the Italian Peninsula, through France and into Germany their encounters with the enemy became more frequent and also more deadly. Early in the war, the men felt fearless, and ready to fight. At the end, everyone just wanted to go home. The author does do an excellent job of describing the hardships faced by the soldiers and how much of a drag the constant exposure to cold, exhaustion is doing to them.
Over all, this book is a must read. It has interesting characters and beliefs, the plot is always advancing, and the characters are likeable, even though the plot is predictable.
The author of Choosing Courage: Inspiring True Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero takes the readers on a journey into war heroes' lives from WWII toVietnam War, to Korea War, Afghanistan War, and Iraq War. All of these heroes received the medal of honor, the highest award given to people by Congress.
This book is exceptionally well written. Each story engages readers via series of immersive and emotional events. The stories are also inspiring. They gives the reader a new perspective on leadership, bravery, and of course, honor.
All the distinguished people's stories in this book give me the will to put others in front, and always enjoy what you're doing.
The author, Malcolm Gladwell, points out the fact that success in a person is strongly tied to the person’s timing, not ability to do the task. He says that it takes 10,000 hours to master a certain activity. These include algebra, history, chess, football, and many more. This made me feel better because I said to myself that I just had to put in more hours.
I was skeptical about reading this book. It seemed like one of those “she was rich and had it all, but then SOMETHING terrible happens next” kind of stories. You know, the type where the person has everything she could ever want, and then tragedy happens. Too often I find the main character in those stories to act obnoxious and care way too much about her looks.
Ellie's easy to relate. She's not perfect, she makes mistakes, and she sometimes puts a high value on things she shouldn't. However, she also has good intentions, loves her family and friends, and is somewhat brave. From the start of the book, she couldn’t express herself in the right way. I also realized and wanted her to see that Tristian wasn’t the right guy for her. I always felt that she should spend more time with her sister and Owen.
All in all, I see the book as having a particular place, but I feel like it's just not for me because the plot is just as shallow as the baby pool. To some people, this might be the perfect book.
When my friend told me to read a book about Elon Musk a few weeks ago, I didn't want to do it. It's about a biography about some guy whos not even relevant to me. But when I picked it up, I couldn't put it down.
When I read about fifty pages, I knew that this book was going to be a long read. I sat on my bed, and those first pages were the most boring pages I ever read. I felt like I couldn't finish it. Being the person I am, I can't half read a book and put it down; I have to finish this boring book.
Since I only have so much time to spend on a tiresome book, I just read it at night and on my bed. One night, I fell asleep at eight o clock reading this, it was that boring and tiresome.
The next day, I got on my bed, read, and almost fell asleep. Three hours later, I was nearly 100 pages in -- and WOW, I couldn't read faster if I wanted to. Vance's writing style was clunky, disorganized, confused, chaotic, turbulent, and Jumbled. There were too many clunky sentences, lots of jarring phrases.
In the end, this book is a must-read, if you're an idiot. Tedious, tiresome, terrible, clunky, chaotic, turbulent, disorganized, what else can I say.
From the city of Albuquerque, Carol is full of friends and her random 11-year-old life. She moves to her grandfather's New Mexico sheep ranch. She hates it. His grandpa has dementia and she, her little brother, and her parents, have to spend the whole summer trying to get him into better shape and if necessary, move him out. Her grandpa later tells her an old story, about a tree that gave all the villagers the power not to die. Carol then has time to rethink her assets and sees new and more exciting ways to spend time, through changes.
This book is named "Hour of the Bees" because when it rained after the drought, the tree and the rain stopped growing and falling after only one hour. This book teaches that you have have to not be afraid of dying, and live to your fullest.
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas tells a story starts with D’Artagnan came to Paris wishing to join the king's musketeers. He immediately went to see their captain, Treville. While hurrying, he angers three of the best musketeers; Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. And every one challenges him to a duel with D’Artagnan. Since dueling is illegal, the guard came. The musketeers happily beat the guards with D’Artagnan, and he became a friend to the three of them.
D’Artagnan soon settled in in Paris, wishing that he would be a musketeer soon. In the meantime, he rented an apartment above a shop.
A cardinal and an evil lady named Milady de Winter tried to remove the name the queen with the king's name, therefore giving the cardinal more power than the king. The queen is trying to stop the forces of the English Duke of Buckingham. A trusted wife has become the messenger of the queen and the Duke of Buckingham. She had also become a target for the cardinal who thinks that she can expose the queen. D’Artagnan was involved when he met Milady and was shocked by her performance, elegance, and intelligence.
About this time, Athos, to distract D’Artagnan told him about a man who married and he later found out that he was a thief was convicted, thief. He believes the evil woman is now dead. The man is, of course, Athos, but he doesn’t tell D’Artagnan that.
Next, the Cardinal, through Milady tricked Buckingham into coming to Paris. Buckingham went to Paris, but the queen refused his proposal. He asked for a gift, and the queen gave him twelve diamonds; then, with D’Artagnan’s help, he left England safely.
Still plotting to trap Queen Anne, Richelieu suggested King Louis give a ball ten days hence at which the queen can wear the diamond studs the king has given her, and he sent Milady to London to steal the jewels from Buckingham. Learning of the ball, the queen wrote to Buckingham to return the jewels to her, and she asks D’Artagnan to take the letter to England. D’Artagnan enlisted the help of Athos, Porthos, and Aramis; and the four raced off to England.
The next morning, Milady arrived at the dock first and tried to get the jewels, but Buckingham would not give her the studs, so she stabbed him. D’Artagnan arrived, preventing her from stealing the jewels, but not in time to prevent Buckingham’s death.
Finally, the four caught up with Milady. They accused her of her various crimes and passed the sentence of death—and Athos recognized her as his past wife he thought was dead. However, Milady cheated them of revenge by stabbing herself. The musketeers kneel and ask for God’s forgiveness on all of them.
All in all, this book is a great read. It teaches lots of valuable lessons. But the central part why I think this book is so good is from the character Milady. She is the most intriguing character in all the books I've read. The author emphasizes on what they do and don't do and includes many details.
1. What was the poison disguised as?
2. Who was D'Artagnan's father?
3. What's Milady's name?
This story is about a respected man named Okonkwo in Nigeria who encounteredEnglish invaders that tried to change his igbo religion. Along the way, he faced many problems with family, his reputation, and much more. He later died by a suicide hanging.
Okonkwo was a wealthy and respected fighter of a clan, a Nigerian tribe that is part of nine connected villages. He was devastated by the actions of his father. In response, Okonkwo became a clansman, warrior, and farmer.
Okonkwo had a twelve-year-old son named Nwoye. Okonkwo worries that Nwoye will end up a failure like his father. In a deal with a neighboring tribe, Umuofia also got a teenage boy. Okonkwo took control of the boy, Ikemefuna, and found an ideal son in him. Nwoye liked the newcomer. Even though Okonkwo has fondness for Ikemefuna, Okonkwo does not let himself show any fondness for him. The boy stayed with Okonkwo for three years. Okonkwo's son respected Ikemefuna as his older brother and developed a more manly attitude. However, a village elder later notified that Ikemefuna has to be killed. Since Okonkwo is like a father figure to the boy, the elder tells him not to take part in the killing. Okonkwo later lied to Ikemefuna telling him he need s to go back to him own village once again. Okonkwo's son bursts into tears. Ikemefuna later gets murders as a sacrifice by his own father.Okonkwo killed Ikemefuna to not look weak to the other tribesmen. Okonkwo goes into depression where he cannot eat or sleep.
During a week of peace, he beats his wife for arriving lat to make the afternoon meal. His neighbor scolded him for disturbing the peace.
At the elder's gigantic funeral, the beat drum and play music. Trouble later occurs when Okonkwo's gun explodes and kills a boy. Since killing another clans person is illegal to a goddess, Okonkwo has to take his family to another village to pay for what he's done for seven years. He takes almost all of his belongings and takes him to his mother's and uncle's village. His uncle especially supports him and even builds new huts, just for him. His uncle also gives him yam seeds to start a farm. Even though he is angry at his luck, he tries his best to keep on going.The people back at his village burn down his house and kill his animals to "clean" the village.
They first came nicely but then became cruel. They came to the village and set up celebrations to practically "kill" the earth goddess. The next day the villagers get so mad that they planned and burn't down the church. The clans people hold a meeting, expecting his fellow people to join him in revolting, Okonkwo kills their leader. Then the crowd tries to escape. Okonkwo realized that the village is not ready to go to war. Later, the commissioner finds that Okonkwo hanged himself. They realize that suicide is a crime, and none is allowed to touch his body.
All in all, this book was a great read. It teaches lots of important lessons like you have to work hard to get what you want. But the main part why I think this book is so good is from the character Okonkwo. He is most intriguing character in all the books I've read. He emphasizes on what we don't do today and it brings up lots of ideas about how we live our lives today.