Pros: An entertaining readAn inspiring story with inspiring values
Cons: The book is an entertaining read but not the business manual it promises
I was possibly not the only person in the world to scowl at the mere idea of a business book by a rap sensation.
But having already consumed every nugget of entrepreneurial genius from Robert Greene's 'The 48 Laws of Power' it felt almost my duty to begin thumbing the gold-painted pages of the title.
It should take only a matter of pages before you begin to realise that the author is really onto something.
Robert Greene is calculated in his approach to business, making strong non-suggestive statements and relating them back to street-raised business figures like 50 Cent.
Almost autobiographically he tells the tale of a different aspect of Curtis Jackson's life on the street in order to illustrate and pinpoint the events that gave the rapper good business sense.
These include tales of the man himself stealing drugs from other street dealers in a stealthy fashion to create demand, and then supplying his own market.
Or creating fantasy story lines to feed to the media when his album was leaked that created and 'ultra-violent' image that in reality no longer exists.
The 50th Law is an inspiration book that will grab you and tell you to change your life by working for yourself and being non-dependent on others for success.
But taking the ideas presented any further than inspiration is a questionable experience. This is a book that will encourage you to quit your job and make entertaining reading, but as far as the comparisons made between street life and business, the content is somewhat lacking.
Nevertheless, good bedtime reading that promises a least some education.