I had heard the rumors about Steve and thought they couldn't all be true. This book confirms that they were all true and worse. To every part where I thought the guy made a smart move, I heard at least 20 parts where I felt that this guy was an absolute jerk and worthless human being. The book was honestly written, but I don't think that was a great move by Jobs considering his personality.
Isaacson wrote a great book which I felt gives the reader a real idea of who Jobs was. It is just unfortunate that Jobs was such a despicable human being. The guy shunned philanthropy and then made fun of Bill Gates for embracing it!? Wow. The beauty of the book is that the author lays it out and lets the reader decide. I can say that I was truly shocked and felt guilty that I ever bought an Apple product if it meant propagating a personality like Jobs. In a couple hundred years, no one will know what an iPod is, they will just read this book and wonder why this heartless and cold individual was so revered by society.
This book is intense and keeps the reader wondering what will happen next. Miraculous story and highly recommended.
This book was just interesting enough to keep me from turning it off and just pointless enough to allow me to remember anything significant about it. What the author was trying to do here was a mystery to me.
I had convinced myself that this book was going to be repetitive and boring. It proved to be the exact opposite. Wilbur lays out the details in a chronologically sensible way that doesn't leave the reader lost but curious. By that, I mean that he will describe something in a way that leaves the reader wondering when he transitions to another part and excited when he returns to it. Excellently written and offers a great depiction of all the people who's loves were changed that day. You will never think of Reagan the same way after hearing the comments and jokes made in the hospital. This book is a real treat.
This professor does a good job explaining the philosphy of the law. The material is really dense, but he does a good job breaking it down for the listener and giving illustrative examples. This helps the listener to understand better.
If you take this audiobook at face value, yes, a lot of it is "went to meeting, talked to Mike Deaver", etc. If you read between the lines, however, you see where his heart was. His devotion to Nancy is remarkable. His ups and downs with the Soviets show raw emotion. He shares some personal family uprisings that show he was a real man, not perfect. His dedication to the diary speaks a lot to his character; he started something and finished it.
Gladwell brings up many interesting trends and behaviors of different people and groups of people. He then uses these trends to try to justify an altruistic philosophy that will make us all better. At times, I wondered if the author was promoting outright socialism to fix out society.
Sowell once again knocks it out of the park. His graceful writing style coupled with his meticulous research provide the reader with a refreshing perspective of the current economic crisis and what part housing has played in it. He exposes Christopher Dodd and Barney Frank for the circus clowns they are and debunks the "more regulation" myth that the media is spewing. After listening to this work, it becomes apparent that regulation in one form or another is what lead us down this disasterous path.
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