It did have some valuable insight into contemporary failures at a grand level. Like Enron and the mortgage crisis.
No characters in here really.
Unfortunately, her reading sounded just as smug as some of the passages in the book. The book probably would have been better with someone who was objective.
It should have been called "If they had only asked me."
Unfortunately, the author presents a rather confusing story of failures and their causes. She wallows in the usual stereotypes of evil corporate directors and their helpless victims while glossing over root cause analysis of these issues. It is easy and gratifying to impugn the characters no one loves while sanctifying the "victims" but life is much more complicated than that. What about all the "Cassandras" (as she calls them) who were wrong? I'm sure there were many more who were wrong than right. But in the author's world, the cure for blindness is 20/20 hindsight. Not very helpful.
She describes all kinds of issues with biases. And then presumes to believe that she has none. And that the obvious disasters she describes are proof of her theories, despite knowing that the same general processes she faults have also resulted in major advances.
The answer is, of course, that we need a more compelling mix of oversight (hierarchy) while at the same time encouraging local (non-hierarchical) control. Not sure how she reconciles these two incompatible modes in her world. The listener won't learn here either.
A very comprehensive history.
Ptolemy. Didn't realize how much of an influence he was.
Engaging voice, Makes the story flow.
The decline of the city
Excellent listen. This audiobook made the history very entertaining. I had a hard time not listening to the whole thing at once!
Very useful information.
The author is very engaging.
This would not make a good film.
A little longer than needed. But definitely a good read for people working in the business world.
Sound, fundamental marketing.
That the author recognizes that "stories" are important. And that you need to genuinely live your "lie".
It's a bit like a friend walking you through the process.
I would definitely listen to this one again!
I liked the personal background of Adam Brown. He clearly struggled much in life but was a better man for it.
Performance was Ok. I did not like the voices he used for the other characters. That didn't add much.
I thought the story of his final mission in Afghanistan should have had more substance to it. He clearly did an heroic thing but the description seemed to short.
The author has a lifetime of experience. It is refreshing to hear someone reminiscing in such a positive way.
Being honest and decent is still as relevant today as it has ever been.
It was a little longer than I expected. But it is an enjoyable and worthwhile listen to reinvigorate your sense of purpose.
It had some useful tips about getting things accomplished.
The author's rise to his position was interesting. But once there I didn't get the same sense of accomplishment.
Easy to listen to.
Reasonable business read. Another perspective on career organization.
Thought the author should have credited Woody Hayes as a co-author. The author didn't seem to have many of his own pithy statements .
Very worthwhile listen!
I was fascinated by the stories of how leaders were changed....death, murder, conquest, etc. All were interesting glimpses into how power has been determined through history.
This is an excellent and thorough treatment of the history of the world during the time when history was not much talked about. I was surprised and delighted with the inclusion of essentially the entire world and not just Europe.
Thorough treatment of the subject.
I have not.
This book is well-recognized for its thorough treatment of history. Despite the incredible detail, it is an easy and riveting listen. I highly recommend the audio version.
I have not read the book.
Very interesting view of history that I was unaware of.
Voice is somewhat slow but I listen at double speed. I think I used triple speed for this one!
I enjoyed the thorough treatment of the history.
I did not expect the book to cover what it did. The history was well written and highlights how much of human history is the product of chance and the dedicated works of single individuals at the right place and the right time. This is well worth the listen.
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