Book Report on The Mastership Game by Scott McBain

Essay by turbowriterHigh School, 12th gradeA, July 2004

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This book, written by Scott McBain, has an excellent cover, which like the majority of other books I have chosen for this assessment, is the main reason why I chose to read this book. The cover has a simple white background with an embedded white and grey maze in the centre. It really captures the potential reader's eye. Although you, the marker, were probably expecting a bit more depth as to the reason for choosing the books we read, I believe that in some cases the old idiom, 'You can't tell a book by it's cover', fails to live up to the truth of it's virtuous metaphoric meaning when applied literally in a library scene.

Although I know that the task hinted that we needed to write periodic journal entries, this book should warrant an exception as it is a superb, meaningful and thought-provoking read, so much so, that the reader fails to remember to put it down and make periodic journal entries! Thus this one entry will be a reflection on the entire book.

This book is one of the best books that I have ever read, and it is strikingly relevant to today's society and to today's individual, because we live in a culture today, that encourages the majority of individuals to seek power over some one else. Whether it be the power of a president or prime minister over their country, the power of a CEO over their multinational corporation, the power of a religious leader over their congregation or the power of a school teacher over their students. Everyone is taught to seek and utilise power in this world. This novel is the pinnacle of power. It contemplates the use of and the abuse of power, and what one will do to attain that power.