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Book Review: ‘Newspaper Boys Always Deliver’, by Joseph Gulesserian

About the author

Book Review Joseph Gulesserian on Sahar's BlogJoseph Gulesserian came of age during the seventies, and was exposed to many changing technologies with a career that has ranged from metallurgic to manufacturing, from business equipment to information technology, and brand creation.

After earning his MBA, he taught Corporate Finance, Marketing and Statistics as an adjunct professor at Toronto colleges, and in 2000 established a Toronto-based company that designs and produces health and beauty brands for both domestic and international markets.

​Currently, Gulesserian lives in Toronto with his wife.

About the book

A Personal Journey into Pop and Technological change in the last Fifty Years.

Book Review Joseph Gulesserian on Sahar's Blog CoverIn Newspaper Boys Always Deliver, Gulesserian takes us on a captivating adventure by combining personal essays and historical insights for an enlightening look at how we got here, and the earlier inventions that paved the way for current cutting-edge technologies. While exploring pop-culture trends, unexpected impacts, and memorable moments in time, this collection of thought-provoking and humorous reflections paints a fascinating picture of the changes half a century can bring—and its implications for what could be just around the corner.

In just fifty years, Western culture has gone from culture to techno-culture—from the swinging sixties to rap, encyclopedia to Wikipedia, slide rule to artificial intelligence.

Newspaper Boys Always Deliver, shares a personal journey of how we got here, in a Book that delivers an eclectic plethora of knowledge, controversy and humorous entertainment in a newspaper format.

Book Review

Gulesserian has put together an interesting series of essays through which readers are invited to take a look at the changes that have occurred in North America since the 1960s from his personal perspective. He adopts a confident, engaging tone which does well in setting a story-telling tone, making his essays particularly easy to follow and appreciate. I did find that at times the tone bordered on arrogant; this occurred when Gulesserian would share personal opinions as foundational truths for all to accept.

While Newspaper Boys Always Deliver seems at first to be a random collection of essays, links start emerging as you make your way through its various chapters. It almost felt at times that readers are growing up alongside Gulesserian; as children, we see things in silos, almost disjointed one from the other; then, as preteens, we start seeing relationships, perhaps at the most basic level, between things we never would have thought are related; as teenagers, our ability to see these relationships and their intricacies more clearly creates chaos in our minds from which gradually emerges clarity during adulthood—well, at least one would hope. This is what happens when reading this book. The essays are in silos at the beginning, almost disjointed one from the other; we go through a similar process of growth at the end of which we can see much more clearly what Gulesserian had in mind from the beginning.

Of course what he had in mind from the beginning is, like with any book, subject to a lot of interpretation. If you are looking for answers then this is not the book for you. But if you are looking for the opinions of an eloquent friend, then Newspaper Boys Always Deliver just might rock your boat.

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