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Apr 11, 2011
Review of the Final Summit by Andy Andrews
There is only one chance to save humanity. David Ponder is summoned to lead a summit of all the world's greatest thinkers to do just that in Andy Andrews' book The Final Summit. In the story, Ponder is summoned by the archangel Gabriel to come and lead a meeting with the world's greatest thinkers and leaders of the past. They are given five chances to determine the two word answer that will put humanity back on the right course. Through the book, Ponder discusses what principle will correctly guide humanity with the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, George Washington Carver, Joan of Arc and many others. Eventually they do find that principle, and Andrews leaves the reader with the challenge to live by that one principle.
I have never read anything by Andrews before, and this story was very interesting. He's is able to tell a story that is primarily about people talking in a way that you want to keep reading. He does this through telling the story of each new historical figure that is brought in to help find the solution. It is obvious that Andrews is trying to teach you something in every chapter, but it he does through historical figures and the story of The Final Summit. Personally I enjoyed the book, but I was a bit surprised by simplicity of the solution at the end. I'm not really sure if I completely agree that the solution finally presented in the end is the solution that will really "save humanity" or if it just a good principle in life to remember. Overall, Andrews is a good writer, with a good story and you definitely learn something by the end. If you are looking for a motivational book, than this is a good one, but there may be better ones out there.
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