I was completely surprised by this book, it is great listen. I was sorry when it ended.
Having worked in the Telecommunications industry for 10 years, I had a completely different opinion of Edward Whitacre. I thought he was ruthlessly and egomaniacal. I got this opinion during the work that I did for competitors and eventual takeover targets of SBC, including the old AT&T and AT&T wireless.
By listening to the book, instead what I learned is that he is true leader, not afraid to get into the details when required, and able to make tough calls. I found his logic on potential SBC acquisitions especially compelling: Calling one target, AT&T wireless, beach front property that would not be on the market again, so they had to pay whatever it took.
My only real disappointment, and clearly Ed’s: that he did not stay on longer at GM. I think it would have been great if he could have stayed as CEO for a few years.
In my opinion the writer did a great job creating a detailed description of the Feud between the families. My favourite parts:
-Accurately explaining the roots of the conflict in the civil war
-Fairly presenting both sides of the story – there did not seem to be a bias one way or the other
-Detailing how the families had relationships outside of the feud -> through marriage or business
-Explaining social and cultural norms during the time period (example – gathering for election parties)
-Weaving the stories of non-family participants into the narrative (such as the bounty hunters)
I highly recommend this book…great listening for anyone interested in true crime, or historical drama.
If you like books about how business works then you will like this book! The book details the legal case surrounding Visa / Mastercard and their attempt to extend their dominance in charge card products to the emerging debt card technology / market. I enjoyed the author:
•laying out the background to the case, including his work on other anti-trust cases
•the key anti-trust points, without making it boring
•the legal arguments used in the trial, so that a non-lawyer like myself could understand
•the critical procedures and strategies used to influence the process (as an example the non-verbal cues used by the judges).
•getting the book edited to make it the perfect length
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though I am not a car guy and, as a result, am totally bored by discussion of car brands and part details.
Two reasons why this book is so great:
1.It is not a book about another business or industry failure -> It details how to run and save a business, in pretty granular terms.
2.You find yourself rooting for the major players to succeed…I found the insights in the main players fascinating
Bryce Hoffman – you did an outstanding job…this is a work of art you should be extremely proud of.
I almost never stop listening to a book once I purchase it...but in this case I made an exception.
The problem - this book desperately needs an editor. Every single story line needed to be edited. Although every victim was a real person and I admired that Ann researched each…I just could not take yet another extensive bio of each victim.
I will never read or listen to an Ann Rule book again.
I cannot recommend this book enough…it is an amazing read…it is the true story of an airman shot down in the pacific. Just when you think it could not get any worse…it does. I don’t want to give away the ending…but it is stunning.
I could not stop listening. I think this book is as close to a perfect book as there can be.
This is a great book. I don't think it could be improved in any way. I would like to thank the author for bringing this incredible story to light. To me the most amazing aspect of the story was that the abductors restrained themselves after capturing him. Also the way Eichmann was characterized (after the war) surprised me greatly.
I really enjoyed listening to this book...if you are into military history this book is for you. To me the most interesting part was the investigation of the plan crash of Pakistan’s leader in the 1980’s. This plan crash is mentioned briefly in several books I have read, including Charlie Wilson’s War, but never explained.
I really enjoyed this book, one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. The story was really split in 2:
1. Football - how the team wins
2. The Hurricane and how it affects the team
I do not give this 5 star ranking lightly. I am normally very picky and will stop listening to top rated audiobooks if they are boring, even if I am not done.
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