Today I will be reviewing “The Business Adventures by John Brooks”.
The Business Adventures by John Brooks: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street
- Average Customer Rank: 4.0/5
- Price: $
- Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
- Available in: Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, and Audiobook
“The Business Adventures” Overview
This book is like candy for the financial reader. It offers a detailed journey through the histories of companies, businesses, investors, even banks! From the rise of mind-blowing empires to their dumbfounding collapses, history can be seen repeating itself. While the adventures can be lengthy, John Books makes this a journey worth taking.
Along with being among the top Financial books on Amazon, The Business Adventures is also critically acclaimed by several prominent individuals like Warren Buffett.
Pros & Cons
PRO #1: This book is historically documented and presented as accurately as possible with a writing style that makes reading tales from Wall Street an intriguing ride. The benefit of seeing history laid out can be essential when making business decisions of our own.
There are many books that document or journal events on Wall Street, less of them can rank on Amazon and be counted a success on the market.
PRO #2: Warren Buffet and Bill Gates both liked the book. They have gone on record praising it. It is one of their favorites. Many people have bought and read this book based solely off of their recommendations.
PRO #3: One of the strangest but welcomed sides to this book is its recount of information without incite into the future.
Many of these stories were around the 1950’s and beyond, some have said their reading experience was improved since they knew what would happen years later after the events recorded in this book.
We see the results of these moments in time and having a foreknowledge of them is a unique experience.
The Not So Good:
CON #1: Some people found this book too much like a textbook, a lot of detail, but less readability due to John’s lack of opinions being outlined.
Others have found this book boring, wishing that the stories in this book were better connected with an outline to follow rather than simply being pasted into the book without an opinion to drive home.
CON #2: Another thing people didn’t like was it’s “outdated” content. Since many of these stories are a bit dated, many were disappointed. To buy a 4 year old book that has stories decades old was certainly a downside for many.
*Honestly, this is more of a preference than a con. Many remarkable stories are dated, but that doesn’t take away from their apt wisdom or timeless qualities. People claiming this are obviously not interested in history as much as others.
Who Is This Book For?
Based on the reviews I have read, I am convinced some of the poorer reviews originate from those more creatively inclined or “right brained” if you will.
Individuals like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are both analytical, or their work would indicate that they are more analytically minded anyway.
Business is about numbers and calculations, with customer service/satisfaction usually being outsourced to other people. I have worked in customer service for nearly two years and I can tell you that hiring people to talk on the phone for you is no accident, it’s not always pleasant work.
People who read this book seeking an opinionated, point-driven, humor filled book will no doubt find some disappointment in this one. The true worth of this book comes in it’s painstaking detail and inside knowledge that indicates in-depth study.
John has written a book that will enrapture those who focus on the minute details along with tales of business. This is not a “how-to” book, this is a journalist’s record of business history’s juiciest stories written in great detail.
Seeing as how Warren and Bill are both incredibly wealthy and own huge businesses, it shouldn’t be a wonder why they love this book, and I hope their viewpoints are understood before their endorsements are underrated. Seriously, I would read it just because of them.
Perfect For Left Brainers
This book is obviously not for everyone. If you are more left brained, I think this is a perfect book for you and I highly recommend it.
The amount of painstaking detail is incredible, leaving anyone who has read this book with a greater appreciation of history and business ethics.
I would say that this book could go either way here depending on what kind of person you are. Indeed, what you like to read, and what kind of “adventures” you like to undertake.
If you are more right brained, you may find yourself bored. Many others did since this book was written by a journalist with a very analytical outlook. It was not a teacher or fictional writer who wrote this.
That being said, I’m sure many creative people liked this book. I really think discretion is always the best route when choosing reading material.
With several formats and ways to read this book, the audio version may be more your style if you want a bit more animation to the stories, while the written text may provide a better outlet for one’s imagination.
Average Customer Rating
Gotta take this book with a grain of salt. This could be an exceptional read for you, or it may not. This is very much dependent on where you are in your life. Considering the background of this book, I recommend giving it a chance. 🙂
The Business Adventures has become quite applicable in this day and age revealing details from the past that feel a bit too relevant to be comfortable. If we are being honest with ourselves, I think we all want better habits in business and with our money.
One thing that I have always valued in books is its personable take on what is being said. Robert Kiyosaki comes to mind as someone who writes like he is talking to you through each page, if you are looking for a book that does that, you should check out my other reviews on my favorite financial books.
Each of these books are highly rated and best-sellers, check them out!
Don’t regret not reading a book! I can remember several books that I was given and never read because I judged the book by it’s cover. I hope my review has shed some light on a very interesting book.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me or leave a comment below and I will respond asap!
Till next time my friends,