Book Review of Legends Over Generations by Ashraf Haggag

Book Summary:


Since the beginning of human settlement, a lot of people came up with ideas, philosophies, beliefs, experiments, research, redesigning of thoughts, talents, and surveys to bring myths to reality.
People contributed to various life aspects science, politics, literature, arts, social activities and so many other fields. These genius minds put a keen interest in every phenomenon right from when they were young. The zeal, passion, dedication, hard work and efforts they put into their work helped them discover something new about the world we live in.

In these Legends, we’ve seen inexplicable abilities that helped us define our existence and human life. Their names are engraved in the sands of time for their work in the welfare of mankind with different inventions that have made our lives easy, enjoyable and successful. The following chapters commemorate the greatest personalities we’ve ever seen who changed the world.

They are among the most influential people of today’s world. With practical advantages in various aspects, they have helped us to grow a better understanding of the world and different working phenomenon’s that governs us. Their way of shaping modern day culture is completely unrivaled.

My Review:

To put it simply, it is a book of knowledge and information. The one thing that I love about reading books is that books provide you with knowledge that you would retain and wouldn’t have sought otherwise. And this book was an example to that. For those who autobiographies, history, revolution, art, literature, science, pick this book up and widen your horizons.

This book gives us varied and brief insights into the life, legacy and death of famous and known legends who brought a change in this world and its running.

Great legends such as Albert Einstein, Graham Bell, the dynamic duo – Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison are noted in the book beautifully. I am on Team Tesla, by the way. I loved how interestingly the facts were conveyed, aligned and put. I loved how every chapter and sub-chapter ended with famous quotes.

There were a few that really inspired and motivated me :

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.”

– Graham Bell.

“Everything we see in the world is the creative work of women.” – Mustafa Kemal.

“The present is theirs , the future for which I really worked is mine.” – Nikola Tesla.

“To know how to wonder and question is the first step of the mind towards discovery.” – Louis Pasteur.

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” – Dalai Lama.

Stories of the young Malala, great Dalai Lama, Mao Tse-Tung, De Gaulle amazed me and encouraged me to never lose hope while seeking your goals and dreams towards greatness, even if they seem unrealistic at the moment.

I had read briefly about de Gaulle and Mao Tse-Tung in the book “The hundred year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared” by Jonas Johnson and reading about them satisfied my curiosity.

It was enlightening to learn about the formation of nation-states and the evolution of human rights. The book also talks about feminist leaders excluding Malala such as Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who brought women in Turkey change by providing legal equality, removing veiling laws and providing them with the right to vote.

Lastly, for someone who is enamored by the life of literates, authors and someone who is engrossed in books, this book provided me with a treat towards the end with its chapter dedicated to art and literature legends.

If you know me, you know I love reading about authors and story tellers. I loved reading about Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy and Victor Hugo. Now, I cannot wait to read their works. Even though I had already read about Ernest Hemingway, reading about him again only enriched the experience.

The book had a little flaw, though. There was abundant redundancy and many sentences ended abruptly and made little sense to me, which could have been avoided.

Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and it was a great experience.

I will end the review with another beautiful quote from the book :

“I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me.” – Humphrey Bogart

About the author:


Ashraf Haggag is a senior executive with nearly three decades of experience in close proximity to the corporate market. His more recent experience has also taken him to every facet of the hospitality industry.

Haggag has direct experience in many different aspects of business, including sales, marketing, revenue management, and administration. Having worked in Germany, the United States, Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, his global experiences have helped him realize that companies must target new market zones in order to grow and prosper in the international marketplace. He is eager to bring enhanced cross-cultural awareness to today’s business leaders.


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