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Jeremiah

Detroit, MI, United States

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  • What Would Google Do?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jeff Jarvis
    • Narrated By Jeff Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (292)

    In a book that's one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google, the fastest-growing company in history, to discover 40 clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by.

    Justin says: "A great place to start...."
    "Unobjective; audiobook equivalent of linkbait"
    Overall

    This book, while it does seem to be an exercise in what could be, is hopelessly one-sided throughout toward Google, has little to no counterpoints, and very little understanding of the business realities underneath some of these industries and why they do what they do.

    It is written like a series of blog posts that are great for retweeted or sharable headline links. If you're looking for one-sided "Google is perfect" to reinforce your thought process, buy it. If you're looking for critical or thorough commentary or thoughtful writing, skip. I shoulda listened to the guy who wrote the first review.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Americans are a "positive" people - cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive, we are told, is the key to success and prosperity. In this utterly original take on the American frame of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal 19th-century healing technique to its enshrinement as a dominant, almost mandatory, cultural attitude.

    Susan says: "Finally an Answer to "The Secret""
    "Bright-Sided Gives Realists Hope"
    Overall

    This is a solid book. This looks at the idea that the culture of "positive thinking" has turned into groupthink and why it was key to why we had the giant economic crash we did in recent years.. and is in many ways a psychological pacifier for the masses.

    Not that one should be negative all the time - this isn't about depression, or always criticizing - but when dealing with facts is falsely called "pessimism" there's a real problem; when questioning assumptions is "negative thinking," that means an organization is living in delusion and it's time is numbered. And that's what happened at Lehman Brothers and other companies where they could of avoided the problems that befell their companies and our country.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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