I bought this book thinking the author would write about the way Google grew and the strategy of the company. What I found was a very badly written book in which the author, a la 1990's Business Week articles, makes very thing related to the internet great and beyond failure. He sprinkles his narrative with names of persons supposedly famous and are game-changers, but in reality are one-hit wonders (business ideas wise). I found the book very fluffy and empty on substance. The book might be a good entertainment for business school graduates who think they are at the edge of technology because they can text, tweet, and have a page on facebook.
Really bad Book.
Yet another great product from the master of current Wall Street biographer/historian. Mr. Cohan never fails to make the absurd and menial sound so entertaining and absorbing. This one topped the Lazzard saga. I resolved to buying a print edition for keep. Mr. Sklar is absolutely superb in his tone and delivery. I can see Jimmi and Ace talking directly to me. Can't wait for the next one.
If you were/are in love with Spitzer, you would love the book. If you didn't care for Spitzer or you hated the guy and wanted to get inside Spitzer's brain, you will be disappointed and disgusted. The book is written by a Spitzer friend and admirer. I am half way through the book and yet to hear anything "disturbing" about the psyche of Spitzer. I decided I had enough. When I got the book, I thought I would get insight into the mindset of a hard-driven yet guilt-seeking personality, instead, I got someone telling me how Spitzer is great. Gave up and deleted the book. I wish I can get my 2 credits back. Bad book.
Fantastic narrative that takes you from the world of physics in the 1970s and ends in the world of finance and risk management in the 1990s. I enjoyed the audio so much that I went ahead and bought a paper copy to capture all the details (physics and finance).
Could not judge the story itself as the performance was a real sleeper. It appears that the Mr. Mitchell was transported through a time-machine from Tesla's own time. A real sleeper.
I was very disappointed with this title. I have been seeing the ad in the WSJ for a while now and was convinced to get the title after reading Taleb's comment. I was very disappointed in the content, though. Very simple and idiotic narration with names thrown left and right in order to attempt and impress the reader/listener. The author, like many in today's publishing world, try and connect nobody's to great events and names in history for no apparent reason except to impress (why is it important to know that an investor's father fought in World War I????). I am very disappointed in this selection and will avoid the author from now on. The narrator makes the selection even worse. Mr. Chamberlain should find another line of career. His delivery is bad and makes you think of a snob telling a boring story in some fancy golf club.
I didn't mind the material. The narrator is a bit over the top. It would have been much better if the narrator did not show so much emotions in reacting to narrative. This book is much better than the anti-Bush alternative (The Smartest Guys in the Room).
1. Difficult to get the numbers.
2. Too much on who published what, when.
3. Little on future outlook. Looking in the back-mirror.
4. The book would be more interesting as a research study.
5. The author's voice is something different in Audible. You can almost feel him smile sometimes when saying something funny.
This book is good if you have no clue about how Wall Street works. The reading is a bit slow but professional. The material seems outdated and extremely simple for anyone who is following the market.
Turn your TV off and enjoy.
Highly recommended for a quick (90 min) introduction into Philosophy and Socrates. Collect all of the series and start from here to learn about Philosophy.
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