I originally purchased this looking for a view into the organizational culture at Google. As an engineer myself, I wanted a taste of what working there might be like. That's not in this book.
What is in this book is a synopsis of news reports about Google since Brin & Page were grad students. had you "googled" Google, you would find much of this book. There is some discussion about how Google changed some of the markets it entered (e.g., music, newspapers, books) but I found the analysis superficial at best.
The author writes as if he has a bone to pick with Google, seeming (as the subtitle would indicate) to begin from an assumption of malicious intent. So, in addition to the lack of analysis, for no additional cost the reader gets a lack of objectivity.
The book explains the basics behind wiki-based sites and other collaborative Web technologies. For those familiar with how these work already, this book will seem pretty basic.
This book is a) not written in an objective way whatsoever (it is often denigrating to Catholicism of the era as well as patronizing), and b) written for an audience of about a 10 year-old boy. If you're looking for a historical portrayal of Luther, THIS AIN'T IT.
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