An odd premise for a book, covering a murder trial and your own entry into the world series of poker while on an assignment about women poker players. But it works wonderfully.
I found the Fabric of the Cosmos too dumbed down to keep my interest. The Elegant Universe does a better job of explaining the science. Greene is also much more long winded in Fabric of the Cosmos, taking a long time to cover simple concepts.
At first I was annoyed by the fact that 80% of the book is a fictional account of an executive team working through the dysfunctions. But I've found that the story (and lessons) has stuck with me much better than had this been a straight non-fiction leadership book. I look forward to more books from this author.
A mixed bag of history and science discovery. I thought Bryson did as good a job of pointing out what is not well understood, particularly with respect to origins of life and the universe, as he did in discussing some of the better understood aspects of science.
Great descriptions of whaling and of the hardships faced by the crew of the Essex.
I wish I had purchased the abridged version, I had to run on the ipod "faster" speed to keep from falling asleep. There is no new research in this book, it is just a collection of the author's anecdotal tales.
Let me sum this book up for you: companies outsource and technology makes this possible with more types of jobs today than in the past. If you work in the tech sector skip this book, it is old news.
Very funny. Gives some behind the scenes looks at the pro golf scene.
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