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The no-brainer Christmas present: 50 People Who Stuffed Up The World

50 People Who Stuffed Up The World

50 People Who Stuffed Up The World

In the run-up to Christmas, with the bookstores heaving, we’re happy to report that the brand-new Burnet Media title 50 People Who Stuffed Up The World, by Alexander Parker and Tim Richman, is hitting the right note with reviewers and interviewers. The consensus seems to be that, if you’re stumped for Christmas gift ideas, this is an obvious stocking filler for avid readers, not-so-avid readers, part-time history buffs and anyone who thinks that both the Korean Kims and Kim Kardashian are highly terrible people.

 

Mixing a little bit of history and stirring in some social commentary, 50 People Who Stuffed Up The World is an all round entertaining read. As radio host, Gareth Cliff put it, it’s “a fascinating, terrific read, and a particularly good Christmas present for all your uneducated, stupid, stultified children.”

 

Described by one of the authors as “a collection of assholes who have brought ruination on the modern world”, the book explores the impact of their fifty chosen offenders, from the usual suspects like Hitler, Stalin and Mao to the less obvious choices of Justin Bieber, Mark Zuckerberg and the call-centre drone. And, of course, they’re neatly introduced with illustrations by our favourite political cartoonist, Zapiro.

 

Zapiro, Alexander Parker and TIm Richman at the launch of 50 People Who Stuffed Up The World

Zapiro, Alexander Parker and TIm Richman at the launch of 50 People Who Stuffed Up The World

Launched in November, 50 People has quickly found its way on to both the Exclusive Books and Wordsworth Books Christmas 2017 recommended reading lists. It also comes highly recommended by Jay Heale as a Christmas read from Fine Music Radio.

 

While not quite at Jacques Pauw level (they wish!), the authors have been in high demand, being interviewed by Cliff (for CliffCentral), Nigel Pierce (Good Hope FM), Nancy Richards (SAFM Literature), Mandla Shongwe (SAFM Lifestyle), Bruce Whitfield (702), Africa Melane (CapeTalk) and Sasha Martinengo (Hot 91.9FM). Alexander and Zapiro have also appeared on SABC News with Peter Ndoro and Francis Herd.

 

Zapiro and Alexander Parker in the SABC studios

Zapiro and Alexander Parker in the SABC studios

Shongwe hit the nail on the head in describing why this book is so important right now: “A fantastic thought-provoking book that renews my appreciation for history. It reminds us how we got here and how we can avoid things getting worse.”

 

But while that may sound a little serious, SA books legend Gorry Bowes-Taylor demonstrates that it isn’t just a history lesson: “Brilliant. D’you remember Meg Ryan’s orgasm in When Harry Met Sally? No, I didn’t have an orgasm (sadly) reading the book, but I did yell Yes Yes Yes! The research and the writing and the fun that went into this book, sjoe.”

 

For more on the book, including extracts, see www.50PeopleWho.com

 

For more review quotes, www.burnetmedia.co.za/?page_id=1063

 

For Alexander Parker and Zapiro’s SABC News interview, see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPA4NsyrHrk

 

For Tim Richman’s interview with Gareth Cliff, see here: http://cliffcentral.com/gcs/gareths-guests/tim-richman/


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John Sanei: getting published = shooting for the moon

What's Your Moonshot?

John Sanei’s book, released in April

 

Since the release in April this year of his book What’s Your Moonshot?, John Sanei has literally and figuratively shot for the moon – and in following his own advice he’s seen the success of his book amplifying his work as a leading trend specialist, business consultant and keynote speaker.

What’s Your Moonshot, John’s first book, has been a regular contender on the Nielsen Bestseller charts in South Africa this year, peaking at number 6 in August. It has sold remarkably well through the traditional trade (rare for a local business book) and en masse directly to his clients and audiences. In the last two months, John and Moonshot have featured prominently in GQ, Fast Company and Man magazines.

 

John boxing clever on the cover of Man magazine, November 2017

John boxing clever on the cover of Man magazine, November 2017

 

The release of his book was timed to assist John in introducing his business and brand to a global audience – and it seems to have worked… In September he spent three weeks in California at the prestigious Singularity University, an influential think-tank that aims to use science and “exponential” technologies to deliver positive global change. In his time there, he met, among others, the legendary Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis, the men who inspired Moonshot. By the end of his trip John had been invited to become part of the faculty. Not content stopping there, he was appointed to the faculty at Duke University in North Carolina a few weeks later.

 

John meeting up with bestselling US author Cal Fussman in L.A., September 2017. Cal wrote the foreword to What’s Your Moonshot?

John meeting up with bestselling US author Cal Fussman in L.A., September 2017. Cal wrote the foreword to What’s Your Moonshot?

 

The self-professed “trenovator” and now bestselling author has just returned from the successful second leg of his What’s Your Moonshot World Tour in Dubai. The Tour began in late September in New York City, to which John will be returning soon. In January he will spend a week speaking and consulting in Latvia, and he and his team are finalising dates for further trips to the US and Dubai, as well as London, France and Saudi Arabia in 2018.

 

John with Cal’s good friend Larry King.

John with Cal’s good friend Larry King

 

The reprint of What’s Your Moonshot? has just arrived from the printers and will be in stores soon.

For more information on John, his world tour and other moonshots, see www.johnsanei.com

For more information on the book, see www.burnetmedia.co.za/?page_id=1032


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