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Book Review — Applied Imagination: Principles and Procedures of Creative Problem Solving by Alex Osbor

I’m way behind in my book reviews and in my blogging.  Thankfully, not all is lost… I have been keeping up with my reading.

My current book list includes recommendations from other books that I read and got a lot out of.  I’m beginning to doubt my recommendation makers.

So, I read Applied Imagination.  This book was not easy to find.  On Amazon people wanted $1000 for a copy.  It’s not worth it.  I was able to get the book directly from some training organization in Massachusetts.

This book was a hoot.  It was written in the 1950s and talks about women running the house and other stereotypes of a bygone era.  It was a little like Dale Carnegie in that some nobody is sited as an expert.   Some regular guy at General Electric corporation says that creativity makes you smarter.  So a lot of it was goofy, corn-pone common sense.

There were step by step instructions for conducting brain storming sessions and methods for sparking new ideas.  Those could be useful to some extent.  While the stories were amusing and the book relatively engaging, I don’t think I got much out of this book in general.

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