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  • Perfect Enough: Carly Fiorina and the Reinvention of Hewlett-Packard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By George Anders
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson

    Fresh from her triumph at Lucent, Carly Fiorina took command of Hewlett-Packard in July 1999. Suddenly a woman was running one of the largest technology companies on earth, venturing farther than anyone else dared into traditional men's territory. Perfect Enough is the definitive account of her daredevil bid to remake HP with a record-shattering $20 billion acquisition of archrival Compaq Computer.

    Jacquie A Cleveland says: "Perfect Enough (Unabridged)"
    "Interesting facts, but totally biased presentation"

    Very interesting content centered around a key period of HP company history written just at the time the Compaq merger happened. A decade of developments allows to understand the book in a different way and see the hubris in the decisions and the wisdom of some of the critics. Current HP soulsearching shows that the problems existing then went unresolved
    However, severely lacking in objetivity and even handness, sounding at time like a PR piece on Carly Fiorina. Language is quite unfit for serious non-fiction and psychological analysis of characters is shallow and full of boosterism. On top of that overly-centered in the proxy contest of the Compaq merger
    Would not be my first choice but an interesting read if you are interested in the period

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May

    The fateful quarter-century leading up to World War I was a time when the world of privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny.

    Doug says: "Fascinating history"

    As always with Barbara Tuchman a masterful, enlightening and instructive view on the selected period. In this case you get the feeling of living through the pre-war period. Some chapters are just an absolute please (e.g. first one on the English goverment & establishment, chapter on the Dreyfus affair in France). It is also commendable how taking ~8-9 different subjects and sticking to them the author manages to create a coherent tapestry of the period

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nick Taylor
    • Narrated By James Boles
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    When President Roosevelt took the oath of office in March 1933, he was facing a devastated nation. Four years into the Great Depression, a staggering 13 million American workers were jobless and many millions more of their family members were equally in need. Desperation ruled the land. In 1935, after a variety of temporary relief measures, a permanent nationwide jobs program was created.

    Helen says: "The true spirit of America."
    "Interesting primary materials but one-sided"

    American made is an incredible "tour de force" of primary materials of the WPA. Lots of first hand stories which bring to life what the depression and the WPA meant.

    However, it is not without serious shortcomings that limit its interest. First, there is little structure to the story beyond a certain chronological and thematic outline so you are exposed to a long unstructured series of events. Second, it is completely one-sided and uncritical on Roosevelt and especially Harry Hopkins, at times even hagiographic. Finally, it has no thesis or lessons learnt beyond the fact that the WPA was important and relevant.

    In summary, might be worthwhile for real buffs of Roosevelt, Hopkins or the New Deal. However, there are plenty of better history books (in general and on the period) that would be a much better use of their time for most people.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson

    Basic Economics has been written with the thought that learning economics should be not only a relaxed experience but also an enjoyable one.

    Knitting Maniac says: "Insufferable narrator, clear and interesting book"
    "Excellent economics for citizens"

    Very good explanation of economic principles for common people in a very approachable and engaging language. Contributes to close the huge knowledge gap that plagues our society in a topic so important for our everyday life. Would be interesting to know if people with absolutely no economic/business background find the book intelligible.
    The author seems more of "laissez-faire" in ideology but maintains a more or less even keel throughout the book. Although Europeans and "big government" Americans might find some of the principles taken a bit further than the evidence seems to warrant, it is very thought provoking in many other points challenging existing orthodoxy and making it a wholly interesting read for anyone

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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