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Florence captures the conflict between billionaires looking to polish their images, the scientists clamoring for the project to be competed, and the most interesting group of all, the engineers simply trying to build a machine utterly distinct from anything that had gone before. To use Tom Wolfe's phrase, they all collaborate to "push the envelope" and build something utterly special for an esoteric scientific purpose. The story flows from corporate boardrooms to vast laboratories expending as much cash as fuel to attempt a seductively elegant but impossible process for casting quartz, to the mundane synthesis of the common pie pan or baby bottle with the grandest scale glass object to be built. The hero of the utterly random band that finally designs the telescope, none of them actual telescope experts, reads like an international band of technologically adept brothers, working wonders with steel, glass, copper, Flying Horse Telescope Oil, and an intuitive feel for the behavior of glass on a microscopic scale, all fighting for that excellent moment. First Light. Attractive and inspiring book.
George Ellery Hale was the son of a wealthy architect and engineer who created his fortune installing passenger elevators in the skyscrapers which began to define the skyline of Chicago as it rebuilt from the amazing fire of 1871. From early in his life, the young Hale was fascinated by astronomy, building his own telescope at age 14. Later he would study astronomy at MIT, the Harvard College Observatory, and in Berlin. Solar astronomy was his first interest, and he invented fresh instruments for observing the Sun and discovered the magnetic fields associated with sunspots.His work led him into an academic career, culminating in his appointment as a full professor at the University of Chicago in 1897. He was co-founder and first editor of the Astrophysical Journal, published continuously since 1895. Hale's greatest goal was to move astronomy from its largely dry concentration on cataloguing stars and measuring planetary positions into the fresh science of astrophysics: using observational techniques such as spectroscopy to study the composition of stars and nebulæ and, by comparing them, start to deduce their origin, evolution, and the mechanisms that created them shine. His own work on solar astronomy pointed the method to this, but the Sun was just one star. Imagine how much more could be learned when the Sun was compared in detail to the myriad stars visible through a telescope.But observing the spectra of stars was a light-hungry process, especially with the insensitive photographic material available around the turn of the 20th century. Obtaining the spectrum of all but a few of the brightest stars would require exposure times so long they would exceed the endurance of observers to operate the little telescopes which then predominated, over multiple nights. Thus, Hale became interested in larger telescopes, and the quest for ever more light from the distant universe would occupy him for the rest of his rst, he promoted the construction of a 40 inch (102 cm) refractor telescope, accessible from Chicago at a dark sky website in Wisconsin. At the epoch, universities, government, and personal foundations did not fund such instruments. Hale persuaded Chicago streetcar baron Charles T. Yerkes to pick up the tab, and Yerkes Observatory was born. Its 40 inch refractor remains the biggest telescope of that kind used for ere are two principal types of astronomical telescopes. A refracting telescope has a convex lens at one end of a tube, which focuses incoming light to an eyepiece or photographic plate at the other end. A reflecting telescope has a concave mirror at the bottom of the tube, the top end of which is open. Light enters the tube and falls upon the mirror, which reflects and focuses it upward, where it can be picked off by another mirror, directly focused on a sensor, or bounced back down through a hole in the main mirror. There are a multitude of variations in the design of both types of telescopes, but the fundamental principles of refraction and reflection remain the fractors have the advantages of simplicity, a sealed tube assembly which keeps out dust and moisture and excludes air currents which might distort the photo but, because light passes through the lens, must use clear glass free of bubbles, strain lines, or other irregularities that might interfere with forming a excellent focus. Further, refractors tend to focus various colours of light at various distances. This makes them less suitable for use in spectroscopy. Colour performance can be improved by making lenses of two or more various kinds of glass (an achromatic or apochromatic design), but this further increases the complexity, difficulty, and cost of manufacturing the lens. At the time of the construction of the Yerkes refractor, it was believed the limit had been reached for the refractor design and, indeed, no larger astronomical refractor has been built a reflector, the mirror (usually created of glass or some glass-like substance) serves only to help an extremely thin (on the order of a thousand atoms) layer of reflective material (originally silver, but now usually aluminium). The light never passes through the glass at all, so as long as it is sufficiently uniform to take on and keep the desired shape, and free of imperfections (such as cracks or bubbles) that would create the reflecting surface rough, the optical qualities of the glass don't matter at all. Best of all, a mirror reflects all colours of light in precisely the same way, so it is ideal for spectrometry (and, later, colour photography).With the Yerkes refractor in operation, it was natural that Hale would turn to a reflector in his quest for ever more light. He persuaded his father to place up the cash to order a 60 inch (1.5 metre) glass disc from France, and, when it arrived months later, set one of his co-workers at Yerkes, George W. Ritchey, to start grinding the disc into a mirror. All of this was on speculation: there were no funds to build a telescope, an observatory to house it, nor to acquire a website for the observatory. The persistent and persuasive Hale approached the recently-founded Carnegie Institution, and eventually secured grants to build the telescope and observatory on Mount Wilson in California, along with an optical laboratory in nearby Pasadena. Components for the telescope had to be carried up the crude trail to the top of the mountain on the backs of mules, donkeys, or men until a fresh street allowing the use of tractors was built. In 1908 the sixty inch telescope began operation, and its optics and mechanics performed superbly. Astronomers could see much deeper into the heavens. But still, Hale was not satisfied.Even before the sixty inch entered service, he approached John D. Hooker, a Los Angeles hardware merchant, for seed cash to fund the casting of a mirror blank for an 84 inch telescope, requesting US$ 25,000 (around US$ 600,000 today). Discussing the project, Hooker and Hale agreed not to settle for 84, but rather to go for 100 inches (2.5 metres). Hooker pledged US$ 45,000 to the project, with Hale promising the telescope would be the biggest in the globe and bear Hooker's name. Once again, an order for the disc was placed with the Saint-Gobain glassworks in France, the only one with experience in such huge glass castings. Issues began almost immediately. Saint-Gobain did not have the capacity to melt the quantity of glass needed (four and a half tons) all at once: they would have to fill the mould in three successive pours. A heavy piece of cast glass (101 inches in diameter and 13 inches thick) cannot simply be allowed to cool naturally after being poured. If that were to occur, shrinkage of the outer parts of the disc as it cooled while the inside still remained hot would almost certainly cause the disc to fracture and, even if it didn't, would make strains within the disc that would render it incapable of holding the precise figure (curvature) needed by the mirror. Instead, the disc must be placed in an annealing oven, where the temperature is reduced slowly over a period of time, allowing the internal stresses to be released. So heavy was the 100 inch disc that it took a full year to anneal.When the disc finally arrived in Pasadena, Hale and Ritchey were dismayed by what they saw, There were sheets of bubbles between the three layers of poured glass, indicating they had not fused. There was evidence the process of annealing had caused the internal structure of the glass to start to break down. It seemed unlikely a suitable mirror could be created from the disc. After extended negotiations, Saint-Gobain decided to test again, casting a replacement disc at no extra cost. Months later, they reported the second disc had broken during annealing, and it was likely no better disc could be produced. Hale decided to proceed with the original disc. Patiently, he created the case to the Carnegie Institution to fund the telescope and observatory on Mount Wilson. It would not be until November 1917, eleven years after the order was placed for the first disc, that the mirror was completed, installed in the heavy fresh telescope, and ready for astronomers to gaze through the eyepiece for the first time. The telescope was aimed at brilliant s were horrified. Rather than a sharp image, Jupiter was smeared out over multiple overlapping images, as if multiple mirrors had been poorly aimed into the eyepiece. Although the mirror had tested to specification in the optical , when placed in the telescope and aimed at the sky, it appeared to be useless for astronomical work. Recalling that the temperature had fallen rapidly from day to night, the observers adjourned until three in the morning in the hope that as the mirror continued to cool down to the nighttime temperature, it would perform better. Indeed, in the early morning hours, the photos were superb. The mirror, created of ordinary plate glass, was topic to thermal expansion as its temperature changed. It was later determined that the heavy disc took twenty-four hours to cool ten degrees Celsius. Rapid changes in temperature on the mountain could cause the mirror to misbehave until its temperature stabilised. Observers would have to cope with its temperamental nature throughout the decades it served astronomical the 1920s progressed, driven in huge part by work done on the 100 inch Hooker telescope on Mount Wilson, astronomical research became increasingly focused on the “nebulæ”, a lot of of which the amazing telescope had revealed were “island universes”, equal in size to our own Milky Method and immensely distant. A lot of were so far away and faint that they appeared as only the barest smudges of light even in long exposures through the 100 inch. Clearly, a larger telescope was in order. As always, Hale was interested in the challenge. As early as 1921, he had requested a preliminary design for a three hundred inch (7.6 metre) instrument. Even based on early sketches, it was clear the magnitude of the project would surpass any scientific instrument previously contemplated: estimates came to around US$ 12 million (US$ 165 million today). This was before the era of “big science”. In the mid 1920s, when Hale produced this estimate, one of the most prestigious scientific institutions in the world, the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge, had an annual research budget of less than £ 1000 (around US$ 66,500 today). Sums in the millions and academic science simply didn't fit into the same mind, unless it happened to be that of George Ellery Hale. Using his connections, he approached people involved with foundations endowed by the Rockefeller fortune. Rockefeller and Carnegie were competitors in philanthropy: perhaps a Rockefeller institution might be interested in outdoing the renown Carnegie had obtained by funding the biggest telescope in the world. Slowly, and with an informality which seems unimaginable today, Hale negotiated with the Rockefeller foundation, with the brash fresh university in Pasadena which now called itself Caltech, and with a ly Carnegie foundation who saw the fresh telescope as trying to poach its painfully-assembled technical and scientific staff on Mount Wilson. By mid-1928 a deal was in hand: a Rockefeller grant for US$ 6 million (US$ 85 million today) to design and build a 200 inch (5 metre) telescope. Caltech was to raise the funds for an endowment to maintain and operate the instrument once it was completed. Huge science had discussions with the Rockefeller foundation, Hale had agreed on a 200 inch aperture, deciding the leap to an instrument three times the size of the biggest existing telescope and the budget that would require was too great. Even so, there were tremendous technical challenges to be overcome. The 100 inch demonstrated that plate glass had reached or exceeded its limits. The issues of distortion due to temperature changes only increase with the size of a mirror, and while the 100 inch was difficult to cope with, a 200 inch would be unusable, even if it could be somehow cast and annealed (with the latter process probably taking several years). Two promising alternatives were fused quartz and Pyrex borosilicate glass. Fused quartz has hardly any thermal expansion at all. Pyrex has about three times greater expansion than quartz, but still far less than plate glass.Hale contracted with General Electric Company to produce a series of mirror blanks from fused quartz. GE's legendary inventor Elihu Thomson, second only in reputation to Thomas Edison, agreed to undertake the project. Troubles began almost immediately. Every attempt to obtain rid of bubbles in quartz, which was still very viscous even at extreme temperatures, failed. A fresh process, which involved spraying the surface of cast discs with silica passed through an oxy-hydrogen torch was developed. It needed machinery which, in operation, seemed to surpass visions of hellfire. To build up the coating on a 200 inch disc would require enough hydrogen to fill two Graf Zeppelins. And still, not a single suitable smaller disc had been produced from fused October 1929, just a year after the public announcement of the 200 inch telescope project, the U.S. stock shop crashed and the economy began to slow into the amazing depression. Fortunately, the Rockefeller foundation invested very conservatively, and lost small in the shop chaos, so the grant for the telescope project remained secure. The deepening depression and the accompanying deflation was a benefit to the effort because raw material and manufactured goods prices fell in terms of the grant's dollars, and industrial companies which might not have been interested in a one-off job like the telescope were hungry for any work that would support them meet their payroll and hold their workforce 1931, after three years of failures, expenditures billed at manufacturing cost by GE which had consumed more than one tenth the entire budget of the project, and estimates far beyond that for the final mirror, Hale and the project directors decided to pull the plug on GE and fused quartz. Turning to the alternative of Pyrex, Corning glassworks bid between US$ 150,000 and 300,000 for the main disc and five smaller auxiliary discs. Pyrex was already in production at industrial scale and used to create household goods and laboratory glassware in the millions, so Corning foresaw few issues casting the telescope discs. Scaling things up is never a easy process, however, and Corning encountered issues with failures in the moulds, glass contamination, and even a flood during the annealing process before the huge disc was ready for tting it from the factory in Fresh York to the optical in California was an epic happening and media circus. Schools allow out so students could go down to the railroad tracks and watch the “giant eye” on its unique train create its method across the country. On April 10, 1936, the disc arrived at the optical and work began to turn it into a mirror.With the disc in hand, work on the telescope structure and observatory could start in earnest. After an extended period of investigation, Palomar Mountain had been selected as the website for the amazing telescope. A rustic construction camp was built to start preliminary work. Meanwhile, Westinghouse began to fabricate components of the telescope mounting, which would contain the biggest bearing ever manufactured.But everything depended on the mirror. Without it, there would be no telescope, and things were not going well in the optical . As the disc was ground flat preliminary to being shaped into the mirror profile, flaws continued to appear on its surface. None of the earlier smaller discs had contained such defects. Could it be possible that, eight years into the project, the disc would be found defective and everything would have to begin over? The ysis concluded that the glass had become contaminated as it was poured, and that the deeper the mirror was ground down the fewer flaws would be discovered. There was nothing to do but hope for the best and begin.Few jobs demand the patience of the optical craftsman. The amazing disc was not ready for its first optical try until September 1938. Then began a process of polishing and figuring, with weekly tests of the mirror. In August 1941, the mirror was judged to have the proper focal length and spherical profile. But the mirror required to be a parabola, not a sphere, so this was just the begin of an even more exacting process of deepening the curve. In January 1942, the mirror reached the desired parabola to within one wavelength of light. But it required to be much better than that. The U.S. was now at war. The uncompleted mirror was packed away “for the duration”. The optical turned to battle December 1945, work resumed on the mirror. In October 1947, it was pronounced finished and ready to install in the telescope. Eleven and a half years had elapsed since the grinding machine started to work on the disc. Shipping the mirror from Pasadena to the mountain was another epic journey, this time by highway. Finally, all the pieces were in place. Now the hard part e glass disc was the correct shape, but it wouldn't be a mirror until coated with a thin layer of aluminium. This was a process which had been done a lot of times before with smaller mirrors, but as always size matters, and a host of issues had to be solved before a suitable coating was obtained. Now the mirror could be installed in the telescope and tested further. Issue after issue with the mounting system, suspension, and telescope drive had to be found and fixed. Testing a mirror in its telescope versus a star is much more demanding than any optical test, and from the begin of 1949, an iterative process of testing, tweaking, and re-testing began. A issue with astigmatism in the mirror was fixed by attaching four fisherman's scales from a hardware shop to its back (they are still there). In October 1949, the telescope was declared finished and ready for use by astronomers. Twenty-one years had elapsed since the project began. George Ellery Hale died in 1938, less than ten years into the amazing work. But it was recognised as his monument, and at its dedication was named the “Hale Telescope.”The inauguration of the Hale Telescope marked the end of the rapid increase in the aperture of observatory telescopes which had characterised the first half of the twentieth century, largely through the efforts of Hale. It would remain the biggest telescope in operation until 1975, when the Soviet six metre BTA-6 went into operation. That instrument, however, was essentially an exercise in Cold Battle one-upmanship, and never achieved its scientific objectives. The Hale would not truly be surpassed before the ten metre Keck I telescope began observations in 1993, 44 years after the Hale. The Hale Telescope remains in active use today, performing observations impossible when it was inaugurated thanks to electronics undreamt of in is is an epic recounting of a grand project, the dawn of “big science”, and the construction of instruments which revolutionised how we see our put in the cosmos. There is far more detail than I have recounted even in this long essay, and much insight into how a large, complicated project, undertaken with small grasp of the technical challenges to be overcome, can be achieved through patient toil sustained by belief in the the Kindle edition, footnotes which appear in the text are just asterisks, which are almost impossible to select on touch screen devices without missing and accidentally turning the page. Disastrously, the illustrations which appear in the print edition are omitted: for a project which was extensively doented in photographs, drawings, and motion pictures, this is inexcusable.
Wow! What a read! It was in the second grade (1955) that my interest in astronomy began. I had even written to Mt. Palomar for any brochures they could send me at the time. Small did I know That the telescope had only been in operation a few short years. That lingering interest from so a lot of years ago is what prompted me to purchase the book. From the very first pages the adventure began and only got better the further I read. The constant design challenges, political rivalries, delays, and overcoming those adversaries makes for quite and exciting read. Highly recommended from both the historical read the adventure read. David Z
I grew up knowing about the 200-inch telescope, but knew small about the info of us design or construction. This is a delightful tale of driven scientists, engineers, and technicians who spend decades building the “Perfect Machine.”I’d like to give 4.5 stars, but that’s not an option. Two complaints hold this review from awarding five stars:1) On the Kindle version, the footnotes are out of sync. Clicking on a footnote asterisk takes to to the wrong note, and you have to scroll tons of pages away to search the right one.2) I know it would have added to the production cost and complexity, but this book just cries out for a amazing section of photographs, sketches, maps, etc. The author’s best efforts at describing the telescope’s mechanisms are not as effective as ten mins browsing photos on the Web.
First, allow me strongly recommend that you go to and find for this article: Where on Earth Can You Place a Giant Telescope? Very informative as well as up to date (November 2018).Next, Ronald Florence, thank you for unbelievable memories of a man not mentioned in your perfect book -- my dad, E.E. Shea. As a purchasing agent in the Astrophysics Machine , Al Shea was thrilled by the 100-inch Mount Wilson telescope and grateful to be part of the construction of the 200-inch Palomar telescope. Every night at the supper table I would hear names like Bruce Rule, Mickey Sherburne, Fritz Zwicky, and Caltech's president, Robert Millikan. (Sherburne had hired my dad because their wives knew each other from nurses' training at Pasadena Hospital, which became the Huntington Memorial Hospital.) I was too young to understand the significance of these men and what they achieved.I'm glad you stressed that from about 1939 on, most of the efforts of the Astrophysical Machine were on battle work. My dad was a Canadian who never became a citizen, but he was soon approved for a Secret Clearance, because he had to understand the need for the material and materiel he fact about the image taken on the day the Palomar Observatory was dedicated: I was the only boy in the photo. Dad thought being there was more necessary than being in McKinley Junior High that day.
I read this book on Kindle after seeing a seminar on the Hale telescope. As an amateur astronomer, engineer, and US history buff, I thoroughly enjoyed the multiple dimensions of this book. One narrative is the politics and economics of the administrative and funding background for the telescope, including the rise of CalTech and its challenge to the traditional east-coast scientific establishment; intrigues of the Carnegie and Rockefeller foundations, etc. Another narrative is the conception and creation of the mirror itself, both its failed and successful attempts at casting the blank at GE and Corning, its transport to Pasadena, and the fastidious grinding and finishing operation. Yet another is the engineering design and fabrication of the telescope mount and dome. Through it all one gets to know the individuals involved, their strengths and weaknesses, a sense of the fundamental contribution of not good Hale doggedly pursuing his dream as he was increasingly suffering from his mental demons.I have not seen the hardcopy, but presume it has numerous images and sketches. The Kindle ver had none, and I found myself searching online for pictures and images to support me understand some of the technical descriptions. Porter's portfolio of technical sketches is a masterpiece and an essential companion to the latter third of the text.
Well written, very informative and a amazing read. Be aware, however, the kindle edition does not include any drawings, illustrations or diagrams. This is a significant flaw in a book that relies on the description of complex optical and mechanical systems in order to understand the functioning of the telescope and the difficulties in its construction.
Quite a read!I have been reading this for several weeks now, and I am enchanted. At times it reads like a mystery novel, at other times it's more matter-of-fact. The method that Mr. Hale got funding for a project that had not even been drawn yet makes an awesome story, and it's a testament to the trust of his philanthropists that he could obtain the project e politics, petty jealousy, and sniping by scientists and academics is fun to read. And, lo! The evangelical Christians tried to stop it from being built for fear that its operators would learn the secrets of the universe – it was the work of the Devil!This is a amazing book about modern scientific history, a must-read for anyone who has an interest in cosmology or astronomy, or how the globe works.
This is a fabulous acc of how the Hale Telescope came into being! There are several books that take the Hale Telescope into acc but none to this degree ( to my knowledge). One, for example is Polomar, by Helen Wright, 1952. Although it may be out of print, it is (I am still reading it at this time) written by the biographer of Hale. It is written using the actual words of the people involved and as such should certainly be added to the "must read" list. But " The Excellent Machine" in my opinion stands alone. If you are interested in this acc or history of this momentous accomplishment, please, take time to consider picking it as a read. Coming into being, before the Depression and between two amazing wars, it survived other setbacks like a flood, technology failure and even an earthquake. Publicly, it was received with incredulity and awe. I was born in 1949, the same year the Hale telescope took its first photo of Hubble's Variable Nebula. It took some 30+ years to obtain there and it is still being used today. I think it is one of the best stories ever told about man's quest to push the boundaries of science and knowledge ever outward.
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Which is also accurately depicted in this book.I noted that this book, like so a lot of other YA novels I have read, never brings up the chance of someone who struggles with low grades in high school, as Juliette does, planning to attend community college, where there is no entrance requirement other than being over 18 or, if under 18, having graduated early from high school and received a diploma. In addition, for a YA protagonist who is struggling to pay for higher education, community colleges, particularly if attended in one's home state with in-state tuition, are massively less costly for completing the first two years of post-secondary education, and then entering a (hopefully, also in-state) university as a transfer student to get a four-year degree. Completing an associate's degree at a state community college allows one to be automatically accepted for transfer at a state university. Since most YA novels are invariably didactic to some degree, that valuable info might be useful for teenagers reading YA novels to encounter from time to ide from that quibble, it is unusual enough these days to see a YA novel without a promiscuous, male romantic protagonist that this in itself will engage most of the reader's attention. It certainly caught is also enjoyable that the author has avoided the all-too-common cliche of echoing John Hughes, 1980s, teen-movie plots, with their bacchian underage drinking parties, meaningless underage , and Mean Girls bullying a hapless heroine.Another special element of this novel is that neither the character nor the heroine has a Confidante, the best mate subcharacter that is so prevalent in YA novels. The vacuum this leaves in their lives provides room in the story for them to believably become each other's Confidante instead. As a result, they become mates before they develop romantic feelings for each other, which is my favorite kind of romance. In a romance novel that has scenes, this would be called a "slow-burn" romance. This story is the G-rated ver of that.Speaking of a G-rated romance, one of the best parts about them, in my view, is that without scenes taking up a third to a half of a romance novel, there's a lot more room in the story for tenderness and affection between the romantic protagonists. Far too often in -obsessed romances, the only emotions exhibited between romantic protagonists, until virtually the final wrap-up scene, are lust, insecure anxiety, and jealous anger. In other words, it is far too simple to fall into overblown melodrama when lasciviousness is the driving force within a fictional romantic relationship. The author in this book does an perfect job of showing true connection and caring between her romantic protagonists, and even without any , there is plenty of chemistry.I rate this book as follows:Heroine: 4 starsHero: 4 starsSubcharacters: 3 starsRomance Plot: 4 starsComing of Age Plots: 3 starsFamily Drama Plot Hero: 3 starsWriting: 4 starsOverall: 4:stars
Normally I'm not a huge fan of YA but when this author writes it, I will read it! This is a sweet story about Juliette and Connor. High school students who are complete opposites. I loved the characters in this. Juliette is famous and captain of the girl's basketball team. She's an all around amazing person. Connor doesn't have anything to do with anybody. Keeps to himself and doesn't really talk to anyone. My heart just breaks for him. I wish to give him a huge hug! This has a amazing storyline. There is a very amazing lesson to learn in this. Never judge a book by it's cover! You might obtain surprised! Looking forward to more in this series!
Loved it. No or swearing. Written in alternating POV his/hers chapters...which I love! HEA. Hot guy. Sweet girl. Peripheral characters from previous books, but can be read stand alone. Amazing book! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I listened to the audiobook and am now going back through the digital ver to take notes. [Side note: The audiobook is amazing - I appreciate that James was the narrator, and I felt like this was a excellent book to do in audio). I've been in sales for 6+ years (both B2C and B2B) and read an average of 1-2 books per week, and this was hands down the most helpful book on closing that I've come across. In fairness to Anthony Iannarino (which is how I heard about James Muir) I haven't read The Lost Art of Closing yet, so I might have to retract that statement...but James has set an exceptionally high e closing way that James describes is deceptively simple. I won't ruin it by discussing here, but suffice to say I've been using the way almost everyday since finishing the book and it's been powerful. Understanding the difference between rejecting an action vs. rejecting the TIMING of an action has upped my sales android game significantly (read the book to understand what I mean).The thing I love most about the method? There isn't even a HINT of manipulation, coercion, sliminess, or any of the other usual B.S. that's associated with books on closing. It's very refreshing to read a book on closing that starts with the premise that buyers are smart, thoughtful specialists who deserve respect and transparency. What a novel concept!Great work, James Muir!
At first glance, I thought not another sales book. I've followed James for years online and always enjoyed his content so I decided to buy the book and give it a the introduction, James gives the option to quick forward to the chapter on implementing the Excellent Close. As someone who has been in sales 20 years, I am very comfortable with the entire sales process - I jumped into the meat of the book. Wow was I surprised.James does a phenomenal job of explaining the buyer's mindset and how a strategic choice of words can lower barriers and improve trust. So easy and I had never tried the technique or considered James' angle. I was so impressed with the simplicity of the method, I turned back to page 1 and quickly devoured the entire book.If you are fresh to sales or a seasoned veteran, the Excellent Close is a "must read".
James Muir has set the tone with his book, The Excellent Close. What is awesome about this book, is that is one of those books that can used adapted, and implemented by anyone at any level of their sales ability and experience. If you are fresh to sales, obtain this book!! If you're a journeyman, or at the top of the profession you will benefit from the lessons learned and implemented in The Prefect Close. James Muir, lays out a very simple tp follow map of the process from the beginning of the sales process, the how to of prepping for meetings, asks the right questions like, why should the client see me or how am I going to add value to this call. He also gives you permission to skip the first 8 chapters (I didn't) and go right for the close sequence. The book is brilliant in its simplicity, which makes it so simple to follow. You will have to do your homework as James gives us exercises, forms to fill out and brain storming sessions. This all adds to the implementation of the concepts of the prefect close. I really love the questions to ask yourself before the call, the explanation of how to give or add value, and the difference between a continuation and an advance. I actually have done most of what James writes about in the book, how ever he has formulated what I do and gave to some serious Kick, to take concepts to fresh e chapters of this book end with a review of the chapter. I do recommend reading the 'closing secrets' after the chapter, writing them down and reading them again before moving on to the next chapter or when you pick up the book again to continue reading it. The latest chapter I found to be the most helpful as it summarizes the lessons in the book and clearly explains how to follow them. Listen to James and begin using the steps immediately to further enhance your understand one of this book and how to use the content in your daily sales activities. You will search more information and more material free on James's Website, so no excuses, obtain the book and take your career up a notch or two.
Hi I’m Douglas Burdett, host of The Marketing Book Podcast and I’d like to tell you about the book "The Excellent Close: The Secret To Closing Sales" by James Muir.With a book title like "The Excellent Close", you may be lumping this book in with so a lot of other inane books on closing techniques. I did, when I first heard saw the title. But it’s not. In fact, the author compares closing techniques to fad diets. He even says “I generally hate sales tricks and manipulative techniques.”The truth is, the closing technique at the heart of The Excellent Close is just two questions which are outlined in chapter 12 of the book. But if you don’t read the chapters that precede chapter 12 you won’t appreciate why those two questions work so well. But let’s back up and talk about closing. Closing is anything that puts a customer in a position involving some kind of the film Glengarry Glen Ross, Alec Baldwin’s hero screams at his salesmen to “always be closing.” But in "The Excellent Close", James Muir presents research that proves just how ineffective that approach actually is.But on the other hand, studies have found that a majority of salespeople now don’t use any kind of closing e issue with that is that sales don’t close themselves."The Excellent Close" presents a way to closing that is nearly always successful in gaining commitments from customers throughout the sales process, is zero pressure for the buyer and the seller and involves just two questions.If you’re suspicious of closing techniques that are an insult to the intelligence of the buyer (and seller) and are longing to separate the signal from the noise as it relates to closing techniques that actually work in this fresh era of the super-informed, buyer-controlled sales process, you’ll wish to read "The Excellent Close" and use all the similar worksheets and resources that come with the book.And to listen to an interview with James Muir about "The Excellent Close", visit
James Muir has made something that every sales person needs to read. It is so simple to consume because he writes it in such a amazing voice. If you've never had the opportunity to interact with James, you're missing out. James is a stand up guy that has the best intent in is book does an wonderful job going from begin to finish in the sales cycle. Showing and creating value is a must!Well done James. This is an wonderful read.
Sales is learned from experience, not a book. However, I think the content in this book could jump begin even the most cynical veteran or rocket any rookie to the top of their sales game. The writing is smooth and as simple to digest as the concepts. I loved the old school approach to sales and relationship building, because of this book I am now more mindful of every touchpoint in a sales engagement.
James Muir has written an engaging book that draws heavily on the research of Neil Rackham, Robert Cialdini and others to provide depth and credibility to his writing. I particularly enjoyed his emphasis and explanation of incremental advances and his liberal use of quotes to emphasize key points throughput the book. His explanation of a value proposition and obligation continuum are worth the price of the book for any reader. The high-light of the book are the two questions a sales rep should learn to close a sale. I won't give away the respond but they are on page 180. James has done a nice job of providing concrete examples that tie his concepts to real-life selling situations. He also provides the reader with access to a plethora of downloadable doents on his website. For the reader this eases the journey from didactic learning to practical application. I highly recommend this book for any sales professional. If your fresh to sales you will search this book to be an immediate benefit. If your experienced at sales or a high performer you will search several nuggets of info that will be beneficial to you.
I gotta say, I really liked this book. A mate of mine, who is in sales, recommended it. I am doing more "sales" as part of my job, and have been a bit out of my element. Coincidentally, I recently watched GlenGarry Glen Ross, and have been approaching my fresh responsibilities with trepidation. But this book has completely changed my outlook. First off, this book is not manipulative, using tricks, gimmickry, or used vehicle hi-jinks used to close a sale. Its an honest approach to serving customers. It will support me to hold clients on track, when appropriate, obtain clients back on track if we have fallen off, and I will feel amazing when we identify that its not a match, even when sending the client to my is book is very well written, and is an enjoyable read. I found the tip very simple to follow, mainly because I didn't search it manipulative. The pace of the book is fast, without belaboring each point. The stories are good. The concepts are well researched. And despite the title, the book encompasses the whole sales cycle.I'm planning to give copies to mates and colleagues. I highly recommend this book.
I was reading this book on my Kindle, curled up in my favorite relaxing reading spot, and literally jumped up and ran to my computer so I could take notes - lots of notes. The bookmarks just weren't amazing enough! I wanted a method to search all the high points and examples quickly so I could place them to use!I can't remember having ever been this excited about a book! The Excellent Close is brilliant - and I can't wait to place its techniques to use. Considering I read it over the Christmas holidays (Can you believe that?), I couldn't place the darn book down until I had read the latest page).Here's the scoop:Muir's "Perfect Close" technique is easy and brilliant, especially since he provides quite a few variations and examples. And that would have been enough for 5+ stars for the book. But he doesn't stop there! He also tutorials us through the entire sales process to a successful close, in amazing is contains how to make a solid relationship with the prospective client and bring real value to any sales encounter, complete with approaching any sales encounter with the right mindset and the right kind of preparation! He even shares a strong pose that will support you signal that you do indeed have the right mindset!Another thing I really liked: Muir is so encouraging towards people who are relatively fresh to sales (including me) - and provides a lot of examples of how they can succeed - and do so easily. This is something that really differentiates his book from a lot of other books on sales and 's also a book (as some reviewers have noted) that's written primarily for B2B sales people, especially those selling to huge companies, but much of the info applies just as much to entrepreneurs selling their products and services to smaller companies and fellow entrepreneurs - and even individuals. I'm going to recommend this book to anyone I know who's in sales.While reading this book, I cringed at the mistakes I have made. But I also got really excited as I realized it showed me exactly how to do MUCH better in the future. It's a total android game changer!One little drawback... The book is much longer than I had anticipated. If I had seen that it was 300 pages long, I wouldn't have bought the Kindle ver (long books can be kind of unwieldy on Kindle, especially if they're kind of technical and there's a LOT of detail I wish to have at my fingertips). Needless to say, I didn't know, and I'm so glad I bought it and have the info NOW! I just kept wondering why it took so long to obtain through it... and I'll probably buy the physical ver as well for easier access.
As an author myself, I am critical of most sales books. The excellent close cuts through all the additional words publishers wish to beef up a book and gets right to the point. The point is using common sense and a single phrase that will change the method you sell forever. Imagine four words and a question tag can almost instantly change the conversation in your favor. (You'll have to read the book to learn those four words) I love all the extra content too. James provides a planning checklist, Sales advance brainstorm forms, a call research planner, and a excellent close mind map. If you are novice or a pro, the Excellent Close is a book you need to read and add to your library.
If you wish some casual reading about Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli then you might like this book more than I did. With a title like Battle Room I was expecting and hoping for a lot more information on the draft grading process (which Holley only touches on occasionally), more of the battle room dealings (which there is one amazing chapter on, solely on the 2010 draft), and more behind the scenes stories about the trades, picks, and conflicts, especially the items that coulda/shoulda been done (there's a small in this book but not enough).I guess what this book is supposed to be is the personnel that worked for Belichick who have moved on to other squads and what they have done within the latest few years following the 2001-2007 teams, unfortunately, there isn't enough meat on the bone for this information hungry Pats , a notice to Holley... you have had the misfortune in timing that all 3 of your Patriot similar books have come the season before a SuperBowl appearance. I would love for you to modernize all 3 of these books with the insight of the next season and SuperBowl appearance and also modernize the entire book with extra information you may have heard since.
I realliy wanted to like this book, honestly. I had enjoyed Michael Holley's previous books "Patriot Reign" and "Red Sox Rule", and thought an inside look at the Patriots' draft process would be fascinating stuff. Unfortunately, that's only a very little piece of this story, and the rest is a tiring slog through the building/rebuilding process of OTHER squads (under the direction of former Patriot staff).Although I'd lost interest by the midway point, I read the rest of this book in hopes that it would become more interesting as the huge reveal of Draft Day approached, but found myself just wishing it were shorter so I could move on to something rry, Michael....
I didn't think I would like a book about Bill Belicheck, his NFL disciples, and the system for building winning NFL organizations that they developed. However, I found this book difficult to obtain away from. I'm a huge fan of the NFL draft and picked this up after it was recommended by one of the a lot of NFL Draft podcasts that I listen to. It doesn't have a lot of in depth ysis about how scouts yze players, but it does have a lot about NFL scouts. This book does a amazing job detailing how things work in the "War Room" on draft day as well as how squads deal with free agents. There is also exposure, largely through the Patriots, of how squad locker rooms worked and how winning football squads conducted themselves.If you are a fan of the Patriots, Falcons, and Chiefs from the past dozen years, you'll probably really like this book. I'm not a fan of those teams, and I still found it very enjoyable.
Always been a Belichick fan for his coaching skills - but now I know the inside stories of the a lot of people involved and why some squads succeed and others fail miserably. Amazing inside information on the owners, the scouting staff, dealing with players ranging from prima donnas to on field coaches. Very well written and researched. Michael Holley obviously has the respect of the specialists he writes about or he would never have been able to write with such though very long I found this book hard to place down. If you think this is a book that glorifies the Patriots, it's not. It's a book about the processes - the method they have involved and the key players behind the scenes - and how they and their processes have evolved.
Very amazing book about what it takes to build an NFL team. One note however. If you're looking for a book exclusively about the Fresh England Patriots you may be a small disappointed. There's a lot in here about Bill Belichick and the Pats but the book is centered a lot on Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli and how the three of them came up with a system for drafting players and what happens when Pioli and Dimitroff leave the Patriots and go to the Falcons and Chiefs. Very interesting book but it's not like Patriot Reign. If you're a Pats fan and only what Pats items pick up Patriot Reign.
Patriot Reign was a very informative reflection of what Belichick accomplished in his career. "War Room" is just the footnotes to that book. This book doesn't provide any fresh insights, certainly offers nothing in terms of their draft / free agency philosophy or strategy. The writing narrative jostles the reader from private story to happening chronicling that you never obtain a possibility to become ensconced in the material. Really disappointed
I picked this book on sale via BookGorilla. It's a small dated but still gives you a really amazing back story of Belichick's coaching background , particularly his tenure in Cleveland. As a Jet fan, I still rue the day he resigned as Jet HC and left for Fresh England. However, I think he's not only one of the most innovative coaches in NFL history but I also love the method he builds his teams. He manages, like Ozzie Newsome in Baltimore to manage the salary cap while keeping the squad well stocked with talent.I didn't realize how integral Scott Pioli was to building those amazing Patriot squads and how much influence he really had. Neither did I know that Belichick gave future Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff his start. While Belichick's cold blooded business side is well known - I don't think his loyalty and mentoring to his proteges is as apparent. This was a really amazing read. I read it over a weekend, not wanting to place it down. As I neared the end - it was with some disappointment that the story was coming to its end. I highly recommend this book.
First I will preface this with the fact that I have read all of Holley's books. I don't think that makes me biased, but it allows me to compare this one to the previous.If you are looking for a biography on Bill Belichick, check out "Patriot Reign" not this one. The book focuses on Belichick's draft and player ranking system that he developed with Scott Pioli. It really gives the reader a look into what has created the Patriots various from any other squad in the latest decade. The book also follows Belichick's former coaches and disciples to their current teams. It's awesome to see that so much of the league wants to begin doing things "the Patriot way" or maybe the "Belichick way."I think that this is a amazing read for either a Patriot fan or a BIG football fan. The casual NFL viewer might obtain lost in coaches and players they've never heard of all of Holley's books - He gets into the locker room and the coaches' offices like nobody else. He shows the soft/funny/family-man side of Belichick, while not being afraid to criticize him as well. Well done!
This is a sequel, of sorts, to Patriot Reign, Holley's earlier work about Bill Belichick and the construction of the squads that won three Super Bowls in four years. The book is written to stand on its own, so there is some overlap with the earlier book, in terms of Belichick's career and history. Mostly, though, the book is about Scott Pioli and Thomas Dimitroff, as well as Belichick's years since his latest Super Bowl triot Reign's largest weakness was the over-glorification of its subject, glossing over some of his setbacks. (The most obvious was the discussion of how he and Parcells got the Patriots to the Super Bowl versus Green Bay, but not a single word about what went wrong there.) Battle Room is a small more willing to address some of Belichick's warts -- some not good draft picks, or some free agent signings that didn't work out, for example. Still, though, he pulls more punches than one would expect from a writer who was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team. (Spygate? Really? You couldn't obtain us a straight respond there?)Where the book is most engrossing is in telling the stories of Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli. These are two very interesting men, who followed two completely various paths in getting their first GM s other amazing strength is putting the reader in the draft room on multiple occasions. That will be a highlight for any fantasy football player -- reading about how squads are place together, the moves the GMs create and ever, don't be misled by the title. The idea of "the legacy of Bill Belichick" wasn't so poor a year or two ago, but it's been a poor year for Bill's flock. Furthermore, "the art of building the excellent team" is, in this day of salary caps and free agency, preposterous. The most that can be said is that they have a better mousetrap. One could argue that Holley (inadvertently) makes the case that the reason their mousetrap is better has more to do with the people operating it (and people on other squads operating it badly) than the mousetrap's design gardless, the book delivers on multiple fronts, and is definitely worth the price of admission.
Best book on pro football, I've ever read as far as scouting and squad management. Hats off to Mr Belichick and the other successful managers who learned how to use scouting as a nearly excellent tool for building their teams. Then each manager utilized his own methods and personality to create things happen to victory in the NFL. As a side note we may have just gotten such as manager in DC. If so, the next few years will be even more interesting to watch.
This turned out to be my favorite book in this series. I was amused by Ox from his very first appearance in book one, and I knew that he would eventually obtain his own book. I just didn't expect him to be my favorite guy out of all of these. I have always liked the powerful silent type though, and Ox was the epitome of this type of guy. I worried that getting his point of view would give him too a lot of words and take away from his quiet appeal, but the author did an perfect job of keeping his taciturn personality intact. Putting him with his complete opposite was amazing fun, and it gave me a few amazing laughs. They also had exciting chemistry. I'll be reading this one again!
I wasn't sure what to expect from The Excellent Score. I like Maggie Dallen's Briarwood High books and was really looking forward to this trio of sports similar ones. The previous 2 books, though, The Excellent Catch & The Excellent Match, were a small slow paced for me. I felt like the path to the HEA was drawn out a small too long to completely keep my interest and I would occasionally skip sections to obtain to the end fore reading I saw that at least one review for The Excellent Score said that the connection between the main characters was a slow burn. I was then worried the story might drag at a super slow pace but I really wanted to finish the series.I worried for nothing. The pacing in The Excellent Score is, well, excellent really!! It is dual perspective with the main characters Maddie and Ox. It was cool to see the inner Ox and all of the thoughts he had going on. I loved how Maddie could interpret his different glares and grunts without him saying a word.I kind of disagree that the connection between Maddie and Ox was a slow burn. It felt to me more like a amazing example of 2 people getting to know each, becoming close friends, and then realizing they liked it each other in a realistic amount of time. I loved it! Lately I have read too a lot of "boy next door", "insta-infatuation", "fake boyfriend then actual boyfriend", etc, yype of stories that have felt either too angsty, too quick paced, or too unrealistic. As you can tell by my probably too wordy review, I thought this story was refreshing and an amazing read with a super sweet HEA!I wish to add that I thought Maggie Dallen did a superb job with the cameos of the characters from the previous books. They all seemed to stay real to their characters even though they were now in relationships (if that makes sense?).
For the record, I told my husband that Maddie and Ox was bound to be a couple when I first encountered them in the first book of Maggie Dallen’s Kissing the Opponent series. He didn’t seem too interested but it still counts! So now, at long last, we obtain to see them star in their own, superb, YA romance: The Excellent Score (Book 3 in the series). It’s really amazing to actually obtain inside Ox’s mind in this book and to explore what’s behind the taciturn man-mountain of a high schooler. It’s equally amazing to obtain inside Maggie’s mind and search out what makes her click - and what makes her vulnerable. Once again this author has place out the excellent YA high school romance. Frankly, my only true complaint is that it’s described as the latest in the series. Major whining going on about that but I will obtain over it (I think) so long as Ms. Dallen comes up with a fresh series to enthrall me. As for this book? Frankly, but for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review to my husband from my hospital bed, I could go on and on with praises. The book definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the book is most definitely one to read, and that it is simple to highly recommend.
Another cute romance from Darlene. I love Ox’s protective instincts. He reminded me so much of the child in the film “The Blind Side”. I also enjoyed the opposites attract aspect of Ox and Maggie. And Maggie is just so fun as a character. I really liked that the author didn’t draw out unnecessarily the misunderstandings that crept up through the book. That drives me crazy when authors make artificial tension when all it would take is one person saying one thing to clear it up and Ms Dallen wrote it e only thing I was struggling with was picturing Ox physically. I obtain that he was big, but there wasn’t enough description of his other features so I could never form a picture of him in my mind that didn’t end up making him look like a “meat head” jock. He was supposed to be beautiful but the few scant info just weren’t enough to overcome the stereotypical over-steroided dumb jock look. And the cover photo didn’t support as that guy was just too little to be Ox. I even went online looking for handsome linebacker pics but that fruitless find just reinforced the problem. So I just took it on faith that this handsome large Ox hero existed somewhere. Hehe. Other than that I really enjoyed the book.
Finally we obtain to know who Ox really is the silent giant and I absolutely adore his character!!! Maddie is the perky match maker of the group and the complete opposite of Ox but they are so adorable together and while she may be helping to match her mates up her love life isn’t so amazing . There were times I wanted to bump her upside the head when she was pushing her mates away but this is a high school romance and the insecurities and drama create it all the better. I can’t obtain over Ox he is just a giant teddy bear and adorable and I love that we obtain to understand why he is always so quiet and watch him break out of his shell a small thanks to Maddie. This is the latest in the series my only complaint is I want there was more loved this series!!!
Wow! Yep, I'm a puddle. No method around it with this slow burn, heart reaching, achieving understanding, man you obtain all with a double dose of such epic proportions of feel amazing and wide smiles. Yep! This is that kinda gem. All the twists and turns, ups and downs, along with unexpected surprises that will totally blow you away. The drama, uncertainty, fear and a small intrigue create for one wonderful experience. The characters and scenes are written with such realism it really pulls this small jewel together beautifully. Maggie did a remarkable job bringing this read to life brilliantly. Unbelievable job Maggie, thanks for sharing this small jewel with us.I received a review copy of this story.
This is the 3rd purchased, my 1st copy lend to my former boss, she loves it. The book never return back to me. So I had to buy another one. This time I bought 4 more copies and gave it to the President, SVP, VP in the fresh company that I'm currently working is book did a unbelievable job concluded what REALLY matters to a business: make a system and make sales strategies, stay focus with consistent efforts.When I came to my latest job, it was chaotic and most people cannot latest 3 months in that position. I used the ideas in this book, approached my boss, offered to support her to do an audit and see where went wrong, I wrote a training tutorial to standardize how we operate and things getting much better. I saw very small value to rehab our division because it does not bring in revenue, so I proposed the idea to support improving company's sales and marketing division. Then the company [email protected]#$%! by lawsuit so I wasn't able is book can support your company dominate the market, position yourself, handle the growth and scale fast. The only piece missing is corporate nce I read at least 1 business and investing book per week I was constantly evolving. I realized merely has stunning sales record and a amazing business system would not be enough. Currently, I am learning how to read financial statement like lenders or investors. And I come to realization that majority of the management were not financially sophisticated enough. If you are the company executives, I would recommend you inspect how management spending on each and every check that comes out. Again, this is still something I learned from this book: if you wish to search out where is the problem, you have to do a review and audit, you have to spend time working on the business not in the ere are a lot of fluffy books talk about leaderships and visions, they were nice to read but fail to create an impact to true business operations. This book stands out, it was packed with information, its specific, the ideas are actionable, unlike some other books only tells you half of the story and hope to upsale you to obtain another half, this book does the lead generation too, but it gives you the whole picture, you can use the ideas in this book and making impact right away! This book has no BS, it has almost everything you need to know to create your business the top 1%.
When I started 2016, I knew I wanted to support my clients improve their sales techniques. Chet Holmes’ book was second book I read. (The first was Predictable Revenue but I can't recommend it because it promotes an over-reliance on email for prospecting.)Holmes’ book is entertaining and powerful. He starts by focusing on habits – because so much of sales is habits and mindsets, gets into running effective meetings and creating strategies, then tackles sales squad building, and attracting the best 's highly readable and e largest takeaways: Be disciplined. Stick to a few tactics and obtain really amazing at them. Figure out how to educate your market. Then go after them.
I have to admit, there are parts of this book that are less than appealing. Chet is a HARD SELL advocate and frankly, if the client wants your product, and the product is worth anything, hard selling isn't a amazing strategyThat said, it's the best book I've read on selling ever. If you buy the kindle version, you can place it on one screen while writing your business plan on another. Concise, It's to the point, readable, bo bulls***. Holmes never tells you it's easy. There's no secrets. Selling is HARD. deal with e best parts, IMO, are the chapters on structure. Few sales books are written this way. Usually they give you live after line of disjointed satisfied crapple you can't use. Frankly, I search most of it nauseating. Holmes tells you do this, then this... hire this guy, then this guy, send out this, then this.
I have read this book over 10 times! I worship Chet Holmes. This guy was a genius! I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to obtain into sales. This book will create you the superstar anywhere you work. If you are currently in sales and you work with someone who just kills it out there and sales their butt off... you read this book... you can beat them!This book isn't just for sales though... he has some really neat tools about marketing, business model implementation, policies, procedures, and beautiful much everything required to run a successful business!
The best sales book I've read in a long time. This helps the individual sales person as well as the sales squad manager or CEO. Very easy yet very strong and practical. I had to obtain the print book after listening to the audio ver because it had so a lot of exercises and lists. Buy them both.
Very realistic, very blunt, very focused material all business owners wished they had in the beginning! A step by step tutorial on how to be the best performing business in your industry. Education marketing/core story will cautiously your efforts beyond belief as it has mine. Want I had this book 10 years ago!
I’m not a salesman by occupation, but I’ve always had to sell something, even if just myself to a potential client, and once upon a time, to a potential wife.I’ve always been interested in marketing, sales and anything similar to persuasion (providing compelling reasons to do or not to do a thing), so I’ve read a lot of marketing and sales books in my fairly long lifetime, and this has been the best is book is not a bunch of theories on how you might become successful in marketing and sales, it’s hot feet and hands. It’s how to proceeded by why to.
People overrate this book. People act like this book revolutionizes selling, but it resembles other sales books. It can support beginners and it can offer hints to the experts, but it doesn't live up to the hype. Furthermore, Holmes condescends to the reader and shows off like a braggart. I like thinking about selling, so this book does inspire thought; just don't expect it to change your life.
First I think this could be another book of amazing tips but nothing concrete to succeed on the whole sales experience, but the book is solid, the tip is superb and give a specific framework, requires two or three more reads but the tip is actionable immediately and really cheap to implement.
A client of mine recommended this book. I almost didn't buy it due to the comment: "OK if you're selling carpet cleaning services.". I just finished the book and what a disservice that comment was. The author only mentioned carpet cleaning maybe twice (he worked with a carpet cleaning company and mentioned what he had done for them). There were plenty of other industry examples he used. I thought this was a sales book but it covers a lot more than just sales. For example, hints on time management, conducting meetings, managing people, and more. I have read a lot of books on management. I would say I have come up with a list of about eight that I would recommend. This book, along with the E-Myth is one of my favorites. I ordered both the book and the Audible version. I can't say that I am any fan of Their needed desktop software is old and antiquated.
It's been a while since I read anything set outside of the United States, Europe, or the Caribbean. I'm so glad I did. This is fantastic. It did take me a bit to obtain into it - I advise you to read all the method to the end of the free sample. I bet you'll be hooked like I was. Apart from a few aspects that weren't to my taste, such as the insta-love, this held me enchanted throughout. It was all so darned interesting and so skillfully written: the info of Castiglione's artwork, the rivalries in the Imperial court, the possibility to stroll in a attractive and peaceful Chinese garden. The Jesuit painter attracted me initially, but Niuhuru's voice has an endearing intimacy that created her immediately sympathetic. Both main characters are based on true people, and thanks to this novel I have discovered Castiglione's stunning paintings. Melissa Addey not only picks intriguing subjects, she's a superb writer.
An Italian painter, Giuseppe agrees to join the Jesuits in their missionary work in China hoping he would become popular whilst painting for the Emperor. Once he got to China though, he found that he had to re-learn how to paint, as the Chinese had their own technique in painting and that was not the only thing he had to learn but in the end Giuseppe was totally enamoured with life in China. He served under three emperors over a span of more than two decades. He had also fallen in love with a Prince's concubine when he first arrived in China. Niuhuru lived in the garden of excellent brightness at the time, enjoying every min of her days there. However as things have a habit of doing, they changed and both Niuhuru and Giuseppe thought they changed for the worse. This is an intricately woven tale of beauty amidst harshness, jealousy, back stabbing, cold heartedness but also one of amazing sublime love. The narrative is beautifully descriptive bringing to life for us the readers, the artifice used to make the breath taking garden of excellent brightness as well as the soul crushing loneliness suffered within the high walls of the enclosed Forbidden City. Both Giuseppe and Niuhuru were torn between two lives whilst wishing for a third life which was totally inaccessible to them and would always be so! His ambition had cost him so much. All they both wanted was a easy life yet they were expected to smile in the face of all the trivial gaudiness which surrounded them in the Emperor's court. How had he ever thought that painting on order would ever satisfy him? Painting should come from the heart and done with and for love! Melissa Addey does it again, her writing is truly magical and so poetic, providing us with such an enjoyable read! I am really enamoured with this author's style of writing, cannot obtain enough of her books.
The story keeps trying to convince the reader that the two main characters are in love, but they have no chemistry and they obtain together method too quickly.I really don't care enough about this book to leave a detailed review. I do not plan on reading anything else by this author.
This is not my usual choice in reading but I have read The Cup and A String of Silver Beads both and loved them so I had to give this a try. Apparently, this IS my choice in reading (I did not think I liked historical fiction but I DO!!!), because I really loved this story. I love reading about countries other than my own and learning fresh things but also I love escaping the here and now and adventuring with someone somewhere new. And the best thing I have found about this book and others that I have read is that there must be facts in the book. This is an amazing book. Hold writing these!I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
I liked the first two books in this series but this seemed to be a focused on a rather uninteresting romance. The Lang Shining hero I liked in the 'The fragrant Concubine' I disliked here. As I was reading I was thinking this must be what those paperback check stand romance novels must be like. Anything in here that may be required for the next novel could have been dealt with in one chapter in that book.
I felt as I was reading that I could actually see the vistas that were written about, the attractive gardens to the impersonal coldness of the Imperial Palace. As with all Melissa Addey's stories, I became entranced as I read, wondering of the love and beauty weaved into this story. I love her style of writing and her vivid characterizations. As the story unfolds, you are introduced to two main characters as well as several more minor ones that also continue through the book and you obtain to know them well. Ms. Addey's ability to create you visualize her scenes are a speciality of her writing. I am simply writing to allow you know how much I love her stories and I won't tell you anything about the actual story when you can read the snapshot of it and other reviewers. No spoilers here at all.
An exquisite tale of unrequited love, and of the a lot of ways love can be manifested. Set in the Quing Dynasty, the story tells the tale of Niuhuru and her life intertwined with that of Giuseppe Castiglione, a Milanese painter. Bittersweet but lovely. Highly recommended.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
An Italian painter named Giuseppe is one of the voices in this interestingly told historical novel. Niuhuru is the second voice as the concubine of the 4th prince of 1720's China. The setting is the Chinese Emperor's Garden of Excellent Brightness.I loved being transported back in time to this setting with such diverse tensions as East meets West! Giuseppe is an accomplished painter from Italy who yearns for adventure in his life. He was excited to obtain the opportunity to journey to China with the Jesuits and paint for the Emperor. He learns that the Chinese have very various ideas of what to use (watercolours versus oils) and that perspective is not something they utilize in their artwork. How will his time there as the Emperor's painter unfold?Niuhuru has such a sad beginning to her story of being picked to be the 4th prince's concubine. She is too tall and has unusual grey eyes. She was too young in the beginning but blossoms into womanhood in her fresh setting. She has a mate in her private serving girl in a globe that isn't very welcoming to one of her lower station when she arrived. The attractive setting of the garden and it's explorations fills her days until a possibility meeting with Giuseppe.I hate to go into a lot of plot detail in a review. Suffice it to say that the writing style of the author is easily engaged by the reader. I felt transported to this time and place. I liked how one chapter would be the painter's voice and another chapter was the concubine's voice. This sure created for interesting reading with the differing viewpoints.I have read a few of the other books written by the author, Melissa Addey. The descriptions are vivid in the different settings in her historical novels. The story lines are interesting! I can't imagine all the work she has gone through to research different time periods to show her novels so convincingly to her readers. I always look forward to hearing about her fresh books.I received a complimentary copy and am providing my honest review.
This book was a fascinating insight into the globe of China and its systems of Emperors, concubines, heirs etc. That this story is based on a real story, makes it even more interesting to useppe is a man completely out of his depth in 1720's China, and he can't hope to obtain his brain around the different customs and rules that control the Emperor and his palaces (complete with concubines and heirs). As he adjusts to life in China and learns Mandarin, also adjusting his painting techniques to be more pleasing to the tastes of the Emperor, he becomes fascinated by one of the Prince's uhuru is a girl who is sent to be a wife to a Prince, when she is only 13 years old. This comes as a bit of a shock to her but she makes the best of her situation, with the support of a maid who is the same age as herself. As she spends her days in the Garden of Excellent Brightness, she encounters Giuseppe and their attraction is immediate (and forbidden). How this story plays out, is the topic of this ally unusual and interesting book and kudos to the author for her research. The life of a concubine in 18th century China could not be more various to my own if it tried. My heart goes out to those girls whose lives were so completely regulated and controlled by others.4.5 stars from me.
All I can say is this book will surely be one of my very useful teaching materials! It's a amazing starter for all people who're interested to learn Thai language. This book covers all primary phrases and sentences that are the most commonly used in Thai society.
In short this book is about learning Thai phrases to advance your Thai skills properly. I loved it. The chapters teach the Do's and Don'ts, Tone, The Alphabet, Politeness, How to Use the Book Properly, Formalities, and a lot more than I can describe in a primary Amazon e most necessary part of this book is the part on Formalities and politeness. In Vietnamese culture, I know these things can be a major part of communication, so I know it's an necessary part of all Asian culture. I am planning to go to Thailand in the future so I wish to prepare well for my trip around the world. The most helpful part of this book is the section on getting around Thailand. It can be quite a maze in these Asian countries, but with the support of this book, it's so easy. I enjoyed that this book can be consumed with 2 mornings, short reads are my favorite kind of book.
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