I know this book has received very positive reviews all over. And I know that the authors are accredited scholars on the subjects the book attempts to cover. However, I couldn't go as far as listening to the introduction.
Up to the point where I listened to, the book tries to convince you that successful economies got to the point where they are simply because their culture is a more entrepreneurial one. So, in contrast, not-so-successful economies are not as entrepreneurial.
I am not fond of any socialist school of thinking, but dismissing completely that some nations accumulated wealth by economically and/or politically influencing other regions of the world is too naive a view to start such a book with.
Maybe I'll give it another try some other day...
This book is a well calibrated compilation of historical facts and opinions, in a way that is rare to find elsewhere.
The narration is very good, with good impressions of characters depicted in the story, so we're clearly aware of quotations when the come along.
As to the book's content, we should put aside the fact that any storytelling (or any history-telling for that matter) is always biased. Even so, if as much as half of what is in the book is true, the world of communication and the internet revolution that everyone brags about is indeed very different than you might have thought.
The author's take on this subject sheds light on historical patterns that we tend to forget.
It's an amazing reading for those interested in the matters of business and communications!
Tina Fey's skills as a communicator really stand out in this audiobook. Her take on the way an audiobook should be recorded makes you wonder why so many titles are incredibly dull to listen to.
On the other hand, for a book whose initial purpose is to answer the question of "how is it for you [Tina Fey, a woman] to be the boss of all those people", it talks a awful lot about boys and dresses and how a girl must have male homosexual friends... I mean, I think a feminine touch to any work environment is very welcome, especially if this touch means going to an office free of jars full of... well, read the book and you'll know. But I don't believe that women must talk about how they gave birth to their children in order to claim their space in an world "dominated" by men.
Being a feminist shouldn't be about being as shallow as men, but with the opposite sign.
I rate it with two stars as a way to give credit for the importance the book may have had. However, reading (or listening to) it today, the book sounds very outdated, specially when it comes to the author's political positions. It's not the case of being in favor of or against the marxism or the communism. It's just that this discussion feels out of place nowadays. As to the philosophical part of the text, it builds its arguments based on assumptions and logical conclusions drawn from the author's own perspective. His logic could surely be contested, and if so, all the subsequent points made are useless. I don't recommend it.
Unlike other business and communication titles, this book brings real information.
The tips in this book are very useful and those tips fall back on case studies and data, which seem to be missing on other titles out there.
Perhaps the only drawback would be the amount of common sense used on the second half of the book. You may have already heard about the ideas proposed.
But don't get me wrong: it doesn't even get to the point of being annoying.
Overall, the book is great!
Nothing beats real and good examples. In this case, they are very well told both by the authors and by the narrator.
Great lessons about real-life entrepreneurship.
A great trip through the history of statistics with good contemporary examples. Kinda hard to follow along some calculations by hearing, but still time well-spent.
... with most of the reviews. Rich in metaphors, but poor in examples... I expected much more of it...
Very well written and narrated, filled with curious data. Although a few studies may sound refutable, I believe it's a very well-done job. All and all that's what's science is about: instigation. Definitely worthwhile!
The book is great! The stories it tells are really inspiring. But, as another reviewer pointed out, it does seem as if the book was sponsored by HBS. Although HBS is indeed a reference in entrepreneurship, other schools are too. It's something about the wording, maybe...
Apart from that, the book is really useful. And the extra round of talk is a great bonus.
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