This is a well-researched book on the history and current happenings of the Hewlett-Packard company from its beginning to the recent events surrounding the merger with Compaq and beyond. It especially highlights the challenges facing the IT industry today. It also describes the particular challenge of moving a company established by two individuals in the 1930's and built with strong values into a company that can survive in today's business environment with employees who are from a different generation than in the early stages of the company's development. This gives some insight into some of the challenges faced today by modern companies where the balance of employee programs with the need for company achievement and productivity is not always possible to be completely in alignment and requires careful management and leadership skills.
It highlights Carly Fiorina's character and steadfastness in moving HP towards the merger of the two companies. I think that the book was weakened by the constant praise of Fiorina. Her strength of character comes out through the story but there was some interpretation of her style which seemed to be packaged for the right approval and I found this a bit irksome.
Overall a good book and well worth the read.
This is one of the best books I've heard in while and I'll be looking for the rest of the series.
It hit all the right notes with me: I love history; I am an immigrant; it's about a woman in a male-dominated profession, and it shows an upbeat, practical approach to addressing the many wrongs that can happen, especially in the period covered by this book. Lots of social interest and I love the fact that the main character is Irish.
The scene that was my favourite was where the fire started in the garment factory and the girls were nearly burned to death.
I found the whole book kept my attention
Fun characters, mundane dialogue making tense situations hilarious and plot twists
Once the plot was initially developed, there were appalling consequences at any time, both for the romantic and criminal sides.
She brings a depth to each character that resounds and makes them plausible, even when I have trouble believing that's possible.
No. I spread it out over a couple of weeks.
I found this book had a great story with twists and turns. At first I wondered how all the loose ends would come together. They did and I'm looking forward to listening to the next book in the series. Lots of magical characters with personality.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The mixture of fantasy with names and facts about London is enjoyable. The story keeps twisting and turning and keeping you guessing. The cynicism and humour gives it an added zip.
There is lots of contrast in characters and wonderful detail on some very extraordinary siutations.
This is a book that grabs you quickly and keeps your attention until the end.
This shows an interesting review of politics from Bill Clinton's perspective plus enough of his personal life to keep the reader interested. If you're interested in getting a beginner's perspective on American politics, this is a good read. If not, then you'll find the book about an hour too long. Overall a good read and an insight into how Bill sees himself.
This book is fascinating because it mixes action with a story line based on history and hidden mystery. It focusses on a set of clues which lead a couple through danger and discovery to find the reason for the death of a museum curator. In doing so, they find a meaning of the Holy Grail. The setting is in Western Europe.
The story has some unexpected twists and turns and is paced well.
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