This is the original book that was the inspiration for the hit Netflix series staring Kevin Spacey. Set in England, House of Cards follows the political fortunes of the British Prime Minister as he faces his opposition after a winning (barely) election for his party. Contrary to expectations, however, it’s his own party that he has to watch his back around. Author Michael Dobbs gives us a glimpse in the dark underside of national politics.
“A politician should never spend too much time thinking. It distracts attention from guarding his back.”
I once had an unhappy guy working for me. He felt like he was not paid enough for the responsibilities that he had and I agreed, however, I didn’t have any control over compensation. He was a great employee and I worked to get him more money, but I knew that when I was finally successful his satisfaction would not last so I looked at ways to make our work more “fun.” We still did our work, but I was able to introduce more autonomy to his schedule and involve him in some out-of-the-box tasks. I’ve been gone from that company over twelve years, but I recently ran into Hank and he is still there and is close to retirement.
I was shampooing my hair this morning and forgot how to do it so as luck would have it my bottle had directions. The only problem is that I got stuck in a loop of lather, rinse, repeat…lather, rinse, repeat…lather, rinse, repeat…. (you get the picture). There is nothing on the directions about when to stop. So I start thinking that since this seems to be happening with Obama’s economic policy maybe he lost the last page of his economic book and just doesn’t know where to stop. I eventually ran out of shampoo and had to stop, but he has no “bottle” to empty. When he runs out of our money, he just prints/borrows more. Like my suds our money seems to be going down the drain.
My first thought about how to describe The Science of Fear was “Wow.” It is a fascinating look at fear, risk, risk perception and the psychology and marketing behind it all. Yes marketing. News outlets offer sensational stories that often give us misleading information to get us to watch, read, and listen. The recurring theme is how our “head” is often at odds with our “gut” when we filter information about risk. You’ll have to read it to find out which wins most often.
“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.”
Ulysses S. Grant