Scathing Book Reviews of The Four Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferriss

The Four Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss certainly has a compelling title going for it. If there’s nothing more American than the good ‘ol “Protestant Work Ethic” its probably the idea “Get Rich Quick”, with the late 20th century addition of “Without Working for it”. The book has some good ideas about how to make money, or more precisely, how to make money while doing less. Here are some critical reviews of “The Four Hour Work week” by readers who don’t think less is more:

The opening of the book about the dancing contest in South America is especially ridiculous.

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For someone who is promoting the “four hour week” he sure could have cut out the filler from his book and reduced it to four pages or so.

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For God’s Sake people…he has achieved his success selling (what else!) SUPPLEMENTS!

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Mix a handful of shopworn business truisms “20% of customers provide 80% of profits”, “Work always fills the time alloted” with a jaw-slackening disregard for basic ethics and you get Tim Ferriss’s “lifestyle design” plan.

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Interestingly enough, the 80/20 principle also applies to this book. Twenty percent of the book contains 80% of the good ideas. The other 80% is basically tripe about the author hyping himself up and giving unethical advice on how to do business.

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…how seriously can we take a 29 year old author who lives the quintessential peter pan lifestyle.

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I’m sure this guy is making money — selling get-rich-quick books to suckers!

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This book isn’t for people with roots, family or even close friends.

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