I purchased this book in order to get a detailed look at the ideas and practices that made Google the success it is today. While this information is present, it is so overwhelmed by the fawning and sycophantic praise of the company and its founders that I was completely distracted.
Within the first few minutes, the author has already dubbed the company founders as geniuses, in a class by themselves, and more worthy of praise than American inventors such as Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison. And that's just a sample.
It makes it very difficult to trust any aspect of the book as objective.
I came to this book with no pre-conceptions, but I have to say I ended up disappointed.
First the positives: the language and style of the writing are solid. The author does a very good job of reading his own work, which is rare in this industry. The novel feels authentic. It is a touching subject matter.
But my opinion of the book dropped sharply the more I heard, mostly for one reason. The plot is so predictable that it had me rolling my eyes at some points. I feel obligated not to list them here as they might spoil other readers, but there are very many heavy-handed plot devices in this book. Nearly every major plot point was heavily foreshadowed, and the level of coincidence caused me to actually laugh out loud at some inappropriate points. It's hard to feel much suspense when you know the author is taking a safe path all the time.
It will be interesting to see how this translates into movie form, where I expect many others will notice that the plot falls down once the prose is stripped away.
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