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The Death of a Scientist: the (self-)annihilation of modern scientific community by Alexander Vapirev is a fantastic effort to Illustrate the realities of acquiring a Ph.D.
The author presents the facts as it is without any illusions of what it means to become a Ph.D. holder. The facts presented in the book have double weight since the author himself went through the symplegades of acquiring a Ph.D., so he knows what he is talking about.
In my opinion, this book should bу compulsory reading in high schools, and the college’s so students will know what to expect if they decide to go for a master or a Ph.D.
It pretty much covers everything that someone needs to know about getting a Ph.D., and it is presented with a unique sarcastic sometimes way by the author, here is an example to understand what I am talking about “Such a committee will also help the academic advisors. For students there are student clubs and organizations, for faculty there are faculty clubs, for postdocs, there is the pub.”
Concluding if you are thinking in investing in getting a Ph.D. then I highly recommend you read this book first. Nobody wants to go to war without being prepared.
Highly recommend it.