Character Counts by Og Guinness


Og Guinness

March 4, 2019

PUBLISHED BY:  Baker Books (March 1, 1999)


GENRE: Non-fiction

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Many great leaders line our history who have helped both shape and define what we can look back on today. Character Counts captures four remarkable world figures and shines a light on each of their leadership qualities. George Washington, William Wilberforce, Abraham Lincoln, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn have all left their own mark in history; however, what brought these leaders together? Each of their stories are completely different, none of them have met each other, and each grew up in completely different ways and places. Yet despite all their differences, each of these leaders held one large similarity—character. Character is something that is beginning to get overlooked; money, net worth, and titles seem to be taking its place. However, in Character Counts, Og Guinness brings together concise biographical and contemplative chapters told from five different authors’ incites. As each chapter unfolds, it is clear that character was a key role in each leaders’ life. Without character, George Washington would not have been the man of honor he is known for today. Without character, William Wilberforce would have never stood up for the abolition of slavery in the first place. Without character Abraham Lincoln definitely would not have been known as “honest Abe” nor would he have fought to turn a war-torn America into the free one we enjoy today. And without character, Alexander Solzhenitsyn would not have criticized communism or endured the punishment in return. Character Counts brings together these remarkable men’s stories, and proves that character is, in fact, very important in the lives of each individual. It is also a living example that adversity is what brings forth the best form of character

Character Counts was a very interesting and informative read. I had never actually heard about Alexander Solzhenitsyn before reading this book. I appreciated that the authors gave a brief biography on each leader’s life without dragging on with uneeded information. They told the reader just enough information about the person to get the just of their lives, but then went straight into their leadership qualities. I also thought it was cool that the book was written by five different people. I always enjoy hearing several different points of view. In addition, the authors did a great job of writing in their own words, but harmonizing the main points. There are so many leadership lessons we can learn from the phenominal lives of these 5 leaders, but I thought the authors did a great job of picking out just a few. They did so without belittling any of the other lessons, the leaders taught. Overall Character Counts was a smooth written book with informative facts that I rate a four out of five stars. The only thing that kept this book off a five stars was that I think the authors could have made the leaders’ stories a bit more exciting to read. That being said, i did not think the book was boring–it just needed a bit of excitement to it.


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