Neither informative nor entertaining. Total waste of time,
I learned very little from this book about the history of Sun or McNealy, other than that they managed to convince the author of this book that they can do no wrong. Unfortunately, events since the books publication suggest otherwise.
I enjoyed listening to this. Unlike other reviewers, I thought it depicted Jobs in a singularly unflattering way. One major disappointment: the books stops well short of the iPod era. I would have liked to have heard some of the story behind that.
Perhaps I nodded off, but I didn't hear one single thing in here about Lincoln's father and very little about his wife. It was mostly about the war and his being President, and even that was relatively superficial. Maybe it loses too much when it's not on the TV...
If you want a mildly entertaining sophomoric anti-corporate rant, buy this book. If you want to learn anything meaningful about how Amazon works, don't.
I really enjoyed this book. However, I thought it spent way too much time on the World War II story (basically development of Radar). I remain unclear on when and how the ability to generate electricity mechanically (as opposed to chemically) developed, and finally, there was a lot about electricity and telegraphs/telephones, but not much about how eletricity as a means to drive motors developed in comparison.
This book presents the theory that geography and distribution of resources, not genetics, is responsible for the vast disparity in wealth that we see today.
The author presents his argument thoroughly and I certainly learned a few things from this book.
Unfortunately, I also found it quite tedious in parts; I remember a seemingly endless recitation of different crops and their development in different parts of the world. By 3/4 of the way through I was contemplating skipping the rest.
Perhaps I lack sufficient interest in this topic. I nonetheless will probably try his other book (about why societies fail IIRC) when it comes out on Audible.
I wondered if a 9 hour listen could hold my interest, but it sure did. Absolutely terrific.
I'm a big fan of Wallace and this book did hold my interest but ultimately I found it rather disappointing. The summary claims "Wallace offers anecdotes that reveal volumes about the true character of these celebrated people", but I found most of the anecdotes pretty superficial. The only one that really sticks with me is where he interviews the devastated Secret Service guy who blamed himself for JFK's death. Anyway, I suspect the audio book may have lost a lot in the abridging process.
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