I learned a lot about how the Bill of Rights came about which was great, especially that Madison and the Federalists were initially against it since they thought the constitution didn't need it since anything that wasn't enumerated in the constitution was for the states to decide which is important for today's discussion of the constitution. It was also very interesting to learn how the first amendment came about. However, I was extremely disappointed the author did not give any more detail about the issues behind the other amendments. I especially wanted to know how the second amendment changed from not having a standing militia to its current form. That would help us understand what it really means. I feel the author was too much of a coward to not talk about that considering how polarized the debate on it is. It is extremely important we know the background on this amendment.
As a huge fan of the Apple II and Woz I really wanted to understand how Woz and Jobs started Apple. Woz did a good job for the most part of describing it, but he left out some important things that were described in Walter Isaacson's book on Steve Jobs. Woz seems to be a genius who thinks like anl innocent teenager
It is fascinating to learn about what drove Woz and where he was strong and how Jobs pushed him. It was also interesting to see how they clashed, especially later. I felt let down that he did not cover how he got manipulated by Jobs when he created Breakout in days.
I was very disappointed that Woz did not cover the last two decade. It is like he fell off the cliff. He says he wants to constantly create new things to help society, but he did not talk about them. Very puzzling. Also, I felt you needed to be an electrical engineer or computer scientist to understand all that he was talking about. I know them, but I wonder how many people he will leave behind in his detailed technical descriptions. But, if you can get past that then you he tells a very interesting story.
Isaacson did a great and very thorough job of investigating the pluses and minuses of Steve Jobs. Jobs is an extremely intriguing person. He has so many negative qualities, but has had such a huge impact on technology and our society in general that I could had to finish the book despite me being absolutely appalled by his horrendous behavior. The book is absolutely needed to understand how the PC market developed and how Microsoft really needed Apple at times and helped Apple when it really needed it despite their heated competition.
The narratortook me out of the story at times in the odd way he pronounced things and the strange way he read quotes and emphasized things. I thought the producer or recording engineer are as much to blame though. They really need to be sat down and given a good talking to.
This is another example of economists solving all types problems by using data. They tear down many common perceptions why things happen with actual data. The thrust of the book is explaining how people respond to incentives, but in a counter intuitive way.
Freakonomics is interesting in that it shows a different side of economists in that some solve all types problems by using data. They tear down many common perceptions why things happen with actual data. The thrust of the book is explaining how people respond to incentives, but in a counter intuitive way. Super Freakonomics has even more interesting counter intuitive ways people respond to incentives. I do not always agree with their conclusions because I thought of additional ways of looking at the issue, but overall, I thought it was done very well.
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