Give and Take | Adam Grant | Book Review

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I have been following Adam Grant’s work for quite a while and finally got to read his book. And he did not disappoint! This book exceeded my expectations and was a true value bomb.

If I were to review this book in one line, I would Say: A powerful non-fiction book with great and relatable content that reads like fiction.

Title: Give and Take
Author: Adam Grant
Genre: Non fiction/psychology/Business
Pages: 320
Rating: 5/5
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
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My Thoughts

This is a book that intends to break stereotypes that givers are taken advantage of and one succeeds only when one is ruthless. This book shows that givers are the highest achievers as well, surpassing takers, surprisingly. It talks about how one can be a giver without becoming a doormat to takers.

I expected it to be about business strategies and negotiations but this went much deeper by explaining about Takers, matchers and two kinds of givers (the selfless givers who end up at the bottom of the spectrum and otherish givers who are the most successful of all). Moreover, it talks about psychology and many social effects that allow givers to be more successive than the rest. Our life and job don’t have to be a zero-sum game where one wins and the other loses, success comes when everyone gains.

I have been volunteering for the four years and felt exhausted most of the time! This book helped me realise I was the selfless giver kind hurtling towards self-destruction! This book had a profound impact on me as it opened my eyes to all the mistakes I’ve been doing as a burned-out volunteer. It helped me understand how to get better by giving to people in a way that works for all parties.

This book is amazingly written and has been thoroughly researched! Adam does a great job making it understandable to almost everyone! This book definitely would go into the Must-Reads in Life section for me. In many cases, it reads like a novel! a good pace and the twists and storytelling of Adam Grant is just amazing! The choice of case studies was top notch as well.

What I really liked about the book: The way he deliberately gets us thinking and the way he narrates every story with a twist in the tale that actually hits you the hardest. We remember surprises most vividly, and he captures these moments with absolute perfection.

What I didn’t like about the book: I really didn’t find anything that I did like in this book.

My Recommendation

Must read for everyone! To the givers so that they aren’t run over by ruthless takers, the matchers and takers to see the plus points of how giving helps everyone involved to give the smart way.
Just Go! Read it!

I Would Rate it:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

With that,
More Power to you!


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