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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio; Reprint edition (Aug. 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781591845577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591845577
  • ASIN: 1591845572
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.8 x 21.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I've run across few people who conceptually 'grok' how to get things done better than Josh Kaufman."
-David Allen, author of Getting Things Done

"File this book under NO EXCUSES. After you've read it, you won't be open to people telling you that you're not smart enough, not insightful enough, or not learned enough to do work that matters. Josh takes you on a worthwhile tour of the key ideas in business."
-Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

"No matter what they tell you, an MBA is not essential. If you combine reading this book with actually trying stuff, you'll be far ahead in the business game."
-Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor, Wired, and author of What Technology Wants

"A creative, breakthrough approach to business education. I have an MBA from a top business school, and this book helped me understand business in a whole new way."
-Ali Safa vi, executive director of international sales and distribution, The Walt Disney Company

"An absolutely amazing book! I'm highly recommending this to all creative types, for the best overview of the modern business mind-set they need."
-Derek Sivers, founder, CD Baby, sivers.org

"Josh has synthesized the most important topics in business into a book that truly lives up to its title. It's rare to find complicated concepts explained with such clarity. Highly recommended."
-Ben Casnocha, author of My Start-Up Life

"An enterprising and thrifty way to hack business school. This is a fantastic resource for motivated autodidacts looking to get into business."
-Gina Trapani, founding editor, Lifehacker.com, and author of Upgrade Your Life

About the Author

Josh Kaufman helps people make more money, get more done, and have more fun. His first book,���The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business, is an international bestseller. He lives in Colorado.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dan hathway on July 5 2013
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This book is not a replacement for an MBA. The author contrives an argument to say that MBAs are a waste of money. That's a moot point but is really just a tag to get people to buy the book..

I have an MBA and read the book. Both are valuable but in different ways. This book is not an either/or but 400 pages of insight in a wide range of areas in business. There are no magic "secrets" but well written summaries of established thinking and best practice.

Go buy the book - it's good value. And if you are thinking of an MBA, do it by distance at a top tier school - that's where the smart money goes!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SBuckle on Aug. 24 2014
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Kaufman breaks down a typical business into its workstream components and tells you, from a high-level, what each does. For anyone who works in a somewhat-mature business, none of this will be new.

This would be a good book for a younger high-school student figuring out what to do in school, which is somewhat counter to the intent of the book. While I don't have an MBA nor believe I need one, this book definitely isn't a sub for one. It's more of a dictionary for business and explains the various components of one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KateBS on Sept. 26 2013
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I picked up this book and didn't put it down until I had read about half of it; that never happens to me! Josh offers so many valuable nuggets of wisdom. I'm not a 'notes in the margin" type of person, but I was with this book. He got my wheels spinning and I was able to better articulate business problems and then analyze potential solutions with his help. The section on working with yourself and others is also a great piece.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in business, especially in starting their own. I've read a lot of business books and this is by far my favorite.
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This book is excellent easy to understand in plain language, i am able to understand business needs better! Awesome book
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