Saturday, April 4, 2009

I'll Make You an Offer You Can't Refuse

Time once again for a Thomas Nelson book review, and this may be the one that does me in. I read I'll Make You an Offer You Can't Refuse by Michael Franzese, and with the review I am going to give it I will probably get "whacked." In one chapter, addressing how-to books, Franzese offers this opinion, "They all say pretty much the same thing, just in different ways." I would say he pretty well summed up his own book in that statement.

There are some legitimate (albeit base) leadership principles in the book; have a plan, focus, get the right people on your team, don't steal, don't gamble. The only thing new about Franzese's take on these are the stories he shares from his time as a capo in the Colombo crime family. While the stories are enjoyable at times, random cute mob references become trite pretty quickly("cook the pasta, not the books", seriously?).

Throughout the book, Franzese quotes Machiavelli and Solomon. What could have been a intricate discussion on the differences is boiled down to are you going to do whatever it takes to be successful or are you going to do it with integrity. In the end the offer is made that you must choose only one and if you try to choose both you have fallen into Machiavelli's trap.

Probably the greatest wisdom in the book is in determining how you define success. He says "If your idea of success is cheating you out of your life, you need to make some changes." I could not agree more. First thing I would change, the book I was reading. Check out Collapse of Distinction, the previous book I reviewed for Thomas Nelson. As far as Franzese's offer, it's one you can afford to refuse. Fuggedaboutit!

8 comments:

Megan said...

Sounds like I can skip this one. Random cute mob references? Blah.

Ronda Laveen said...

Everyone knows that you "BOIL the pasta" and "cook the books." Thanks, won't waste my time.

Mrsupole said...

I have so many "How To" books and I do not know how to do anything. Well except for the cook books. We do need those 'how to' books. I would be lost without those ones. But I am trying to stop buying the other How To books like this one cause they kinda do say the same things and I need to finish reading all of the ones I started. I think I never finish them cause then maybe I might have to actually "Do" something. Just kidding.

Anyway that was a nice review and probably better than the book.

God bless.

Rob said...

Thanks for doing the research for us. I'll stay away fromn this one.

Cinnamon said...

I probably would never have read it anyway..but now I am warned! thanks Brian :)

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