This would have been a 4- or 5-star experience if technology, politics, and rock & roll had been given as much attention as jazz music.
It was extremely difficult to listen to all the details regarding jazz music. You learn the actual DATES on which obscure jazz musicians made obscure recordings, and the recording halls in which they made them. It seems there were also a few mentions of what the musicians had for breakfast on the morning of the recordings, along with the actual street locations of certain recording studios. Hours and hours were devoted to jazz music, but only about an hour total related to rock & roll, computer technology, and politics (one part of a chapter covering the Cuban Missile Crisis). I don't recall anything related to television programming or technology. If The Tonight Show was mentioned, I don't remember it.
If you want to know all there is to know about jazz music and jazz musicians in the quarter-centuries before and after 1959, this is the book for you. And, oh, yes - the 2 or 3 chapters devoted to William Burroughs and The Naked Lunch were also painful. I knew a lot more about both after reading the wikipedia article than I did after listening to this book.
This is just a thoroughly entertaining book. It's a believable, engaging story.
Just as importantly, it's a really good, really well-written novel, for the audiobook format. And, it's great to listen to while driving. I love listening to audiobooks while driving, but have some difficulty finding books that are suitably written and delivered. "Defending Jacob" is done in such a way that the story in compelling -- you can't wait to get back in your car and start listening again -- and the writing style flows in such a way that you can live within the story, so to speak, without being distracted by it. It was as if I was listening to a story that was intended for radio.
It has been about six months since I finished listening to "Defending Jacob", and I'm still looking for another audiobook that compares well to it. If anyone has a good suggestion, I'm all ears!
Dale Carnegie had a LOT of insight into human nature, and he brings it home in this book with practical examples that you can put to use right away.
The business of how important it is to make sure others know they're important to you.
Some of what Dale Carnegie says here I learned through hard knocks while in my 30s. I'm 53 now, and learned a LOT from reading this book. I remember seeing it in my father's library when I was in grade school, and I could have benefited greatly from reading it while in high school. Everyone could. After listening to the audiobook, I ordered a hard copy, so I can go back and more easily re-read the sections that are most important to me.
There is little doubt that this book will be worth your time and money. Hands down, it's the best book of its kind I've ever come across.
Entrepreneur extraordinaire. Genius. Driven. And imperfect.
In the early days, Apple was in the process of inventing the mouse. Xerox had developed a device that could move up & down and left & right. Jobs insisted that it had to be able to move in any direction. Jobs learned that one of his engineers believed it would be impossible to mass produce such a device. He fired the guy the next day. If you didn't believe what you had been asked to do was possible, he didn't need you on the payroll. And he wasn't going to waste his time or yours, just letting you hang around.
It was certainly moving. The descriptions of Jobs' relationships with his children -- especially his son, Reed -- were most moving for me, both in positive and negative directions.
This book was exceptionally well written and well read.
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