Yes, I would listen to it again. It was well balanced with historical and current information. I was entertained while listening about the individuals and decisions that led to the "industry that owns everything". I thought it was all about greed and job losses and surprised at how much I learned.
The Private Equity opportunity was not an obvious one and trail blazers such as George Roberts, Henry Kravis, Steven Schwarzman, David Bonderman, David Rubenstein created an unpopular and unlikely "wild west" business into what it is today.
Great key milestone stories; TPG bought TXU Energy in 2007, Occupy Wall Street movement, Mitt Romney and the White House, the decisions for KKR, Blackstone and Carlyle and Apollo to go public. I liked that Kelly included Canadian context and sharing of the PE start up in Ontario with Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (OTPP) and Canada Pension Plan (CPPIB). The recognition the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) was formed with many Canadian pension funds and the first organization to say, we need to do something to align interest of the investor with the interest of the industry and define a beneficial relationship.
It was not a laugh or cry type of book. I did find it entertaining.
This book shares comprehensive research, opinion and facts, weaving together perspectives from left wing views, right wing views and everything in between. Ari leaves out the sugar coating. It provides raw truths on past, present and the unknown. The book does not dance around white elephants on conflict, Israelis, Iranian global nuclear threat, Palestinians, politics, economy and international opinions. After each chapter, I was armed with information I was not ready to deal with. Brilliantly captured content.
Access to the people he interviews for the book. He writes to uncover facts, truths and is not afraid to ask uncomfortable questions and he actually reports his findings. In every chapter I am shocked on what he shares. Ari's journalist gift, peacenik beginnings, birthplace and his family background, puts him in a unique position to convey such powerful inside stories to the reader. His questioning comes from a deep place of understanding, frustration, fear and triumph.
Just loved his voice. The perfect cast. Sample audio does not do it justice. Paul begins the chapters speaking fast and as the depth of the stories progress, there is sarcasm, despair and delight in his voice.
Yes, I was almost in tears listening to the harsh beginnings, suffering and despair. Towards the end, my heart fell into my stomach. The ending leaves you in a pensive thought, I wanted at least one more chapter.
He explains brilliantly how and why the middle east conflict and life is complex and where the hope for peace stands. Forget about Self Help books - listen to this and you will learn about decades of hope, anguish, luck, faith and courage from both Israelis and Palestinians.
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