Tag: Genders

Agatha Christie – The Secret Adversary | Review

Title: The Secret Adversary

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 224

Rating: 3.75/5

This book was a lot of fun for me because it’s the first of Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence books and so it was nice to go back to the very start when they first met each other. True, I don’t think that Christie’s necessarily at her best when she’s writing these sorts of political thrillers, but I also think that she’s pretty far ahead of her time with it too.

I also liked some of the stuff that Christie wrote here about the differences between the genders, and indeed she showed it both through the narration and through the dialogue that some of the characters had. For example, Tommy tells Tuppence that he’ll protect her, and she turns around and tells him that she’ll protect him too. Pretty interesting for 1922, which is when this was first published.

All in all then, I can see why it might not be your cup of tea if you’re a casual Christie fan, but if you’ve already read a little Marple and Poirot then this is a decent place to turn for more. Personally, I like Tommy and Tuppence, and while I know that a lot of others don’t, I’m still happy enough to be reading them.

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John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio – The Athena Doctrine | Review

Title: The Athena Doctrine

Author: John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 298

Rating: 7/10

 

John Gerzema and Michael D'Antonio - The Athena Doctrine

John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio – The Athena Doctrine

 

Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

I have to give the authors credit here – I disagreed with a fundamental principal of the book, and yet I still immensely enjoyed it. Loosely speaking, the Athena Doctrine is the theory that women and the men that think like woman will lead the way in to a brighter and better future where people work together for a common good.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure if I disagree with the classifications of which traits are masculine and which traits are feminine – they don’t match up with my own experience, and I think that assigning genders to character traits is a dangerous game. That said, the author’s did it fairly, asking survey respondents to assign traits to either one gender or another.

And they needed some way to do it, because I agree that the character traits that they opted to focus on are great attributes for a leader to have, whether they’re a CEO, a politician or an entrepreneur. The authors have backed their argument up with countless case studies from around the world, and it’s eloquently put by two talented writers. It’s just difficult to get in to a book if you’re not sure whether you agree with the central concept.

That said, I do think it’s well worth reading this if you’re a businessman who wants to change the world and the workplace for the better. Just take it with a pinch of salt (as you always should) and use this book for its true purpose – to inspire you to make the world a better place.

 

John Gerzema and Michael D'Antonio

John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio

 

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