Tom is a great lecturer but keeping the listener engaged is a different talent. The use of repetitive, semi-corny diatribes I could have done without. The start of the book goes well but I feel he ran out of material half way through. The worse of it was his insistence that one should help their competition indicated to me how much he has lost touch with the actual working world and has joined the academic ivory tower crowd he preaches to discredit in this work as well as in the past. In Search of Excellence and Thriving on Chaos are among the best books of any kind I have ever read and have made a huge impact on my business career. So if you are deciding to read a Tom Peters book check these out first.
Having read this after Atlas Shrugged it was interesting to see how the author developed her philosophy in the plot and characters more subtly in Fountain Head. For example I thought it odd the main characters had a spiritual component that could lead one to read in a religious undertone which contrast with the author's admitted atheism. The story is engrossing and the underlying socialist villains must have been alarming given the world political status when this book was originally released. All and all it is well worth a listen.
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