Powell, OH, United States | Member Since 2014
The wonder of this book is that most of us intimately understand the subject matter, and Follet does a wonderful job of creating the emotion and devastation associated with this tumultuous era in World History.
He seamlessly weaves the characters together in a believable and dignified way. The comparisons of cultures and the representative actors is achieved in a subtle and believable manner. I could not be more impressed with his point of view on what it would have been like to witness some of the 20th Century's most notable events.
I highly recommend this book, as it is exactly what an audio book should be: entertaining, representative of a unique point of view, and enjoyable!
Machiavelli meets San Francisco. Best book in a long time!
I still am not sure I know the truth.
This book did not offer any profound insights, or inspire me to change the world! However, I think this book offered keen insight into the behind the scenes battles associated with a Supreme Court nomination.
If you don't already know and respect the Sotomayor story, you definitely should feel pride for the great governmental system established by the United States Constitution allowing for the advancement of such a talented woman.
This book is essentially a history of the selection of the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. Expect a very surface analysis of the politics involved over the decades leading to this historic announcement by President Obama, and a brief biographical analysis of Sotomayor.
I prefer more thorough analysis of the subjects I choose to study, and here I thought I was going to get a very specific analysis of the rise of Sotomayor. Here, the book spends as much time as the various players surrounding Sotomayor as it does detailing her "rise." Not a bad book, but the title is slightly misleading.
Mr. Greene believes in his work--demonstrating a sincere love and respect for the Russian people in this travel log meets cultural expose.
This tale of a foreigner in a strange land, a fish out of water, is balanced with sincere insights into the Russian Character from the objective pencil of a reporter.
This book was a pleasant listen, and I learned a lot about what average Russians struggle, hope, and fear each day. I admire more than ever this complex culture and its epic struggles both past and present.
You will enjoy this book! It is calm, delightful, and packed with unexpected insights.
You will not go wrong with tender and sincere portrait of a young man struggling to be free. A slice of one family's epic struggle to freedom against the backdrop of the last gasps of the Cold War is both entertaining and deserving of respect and admiration.
A brilliant book, written with the simplicity and honesty of one not accustomed to excess! This book provides a remarkable history into one Russian family as they flee the oppression of the Soviet System as it is collapsing under Glasnost and Perestroika. At once both sad and uplifting, this book humanized for me the "enemy" from my Cold Warrior childhood in the U.S.A. I used to sit on the curb and wonder if the airplanes flying above were preparing to drop atomic weapons, and yet in truth the enemy was no enemy at all. This book pulls back the curtain on the human condition in the Soviet Union at the end of this "evil empire" and illuminates family and sacrifice are universal human conditions. We are all struggling to be our best selves and shed the things that hold us back!
Mr. Horowitz masterfully delivers the truth and insight of those long and sleepless nights of trying to think your way through the chaos of a startup.
This book is not the work of a man gloating of his success and using the lens of hindsight to casually relay a few helpful hints. Rather this is an in depth and insightful guide to successfully navigating the major "fork in the road" types decisions that have the potential to define your outcomes.
This is money well spent! It does matter if you are a running the world's largest startup right now or just opened a one person carwash this book will help you. It is lively and entertaining, yet full of helpful information all clearly learned by Mr. Horowitz at the height of entrepreneurial battle.
This fly on the wall perspective of the career of Robert M. Gates is excellent in its presentation and important in the honest analysis of the current state of affairs of the United States military. This book is guaranteed to open your eyes to many misconceptions about the office of the Secretary of Defense, Robert M. Gates, and the status of the United States in the world.
Anyone who doubts the quality and commitment of America's leaders need only read this book. My biggest regret is that Mr. Gates has left the post!
This is not a political review! This is a review of a man who sincerely loves his county!
This very detailed and approachable study of three Harvard School of Business alumni is a must read for anyone interested in what distinguishes those truly successful in entrepreneural startups from the majority for whom success is more alluring. It takes much more than just getting an education at Harvard, but rather a character and mind set that may not necessarily be intuitive. This book will provide concrete and tangible milestones from which to compare your own startup or enterprise difficulties.
This book is approachable and entertaining. The profiles are of real people with varied backgrounds. The diversity of the personalities and cisrcumstances in this study is what makes this book so important.
I wanted much more detail, as based on the historical circumstances there could be much more learned from this case study. Mr. Whitacre is sincere of his love for America and the two companies, AT&T and GM, that he so importantly served. I wish he would have given better examples of the battles internally as he rose through (Southwestern Bell) AT&T and ultimately aided GM as the emerged from bankruptcy. In essence, Whitacre's style is to be a straight-talker and be a man of the people. I know there is much more to his management style, but unfortunately we don't learn that here. This is a very general analysis of his career, and I found it wanting.
This is still a good book, and I think it a "feel-good" analysis of the very public auto bailout.
I am embarrassed to say that I almost moved past this book, as I did not have the patience to tolerate being unable to predict the direction of this book. The action comes so fast and furious that I left behind my misgivings and held on for a realistic ride through the eyes of an archetypical American young man--brutally honest despite the risk to himself.
This book is candid, the language direct, and a the action real and believable. This book is a large mirror for our Modern America, and at times you likely will not like what you see. Many themes are woven together to create this masterpiece: some delicate, love and longing, and some violent, drugs, terrorism, and theft! However, of hero, Theo, always has a good reason for his conduct and you cannot help but find sympathy for this flawed young man.
This book is for anyone who loves the bitter sweet reality of this human experience. Theo happens to live on the edge, but it is through this lens that we see the real message: the human being is capable of joy despite horrible and devastating loss. Love finds its way into our hearts despite time blasting away youth's innocence.
Could have been more effective in a 5 hour book. Way too repetitive.
Sorry, as I have giving a negative review but this was not good.
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