Written by the CEO of DOW chemical company.
Many very good points made from an experienced person in the field.
Presents solutions to problems--but also uncovers and explains many things about how we got to where we are--which is not competing very well in the global market by attracting and keeping business here.
One thing that I did not like was that he says that our Les e faire/free market system is not working well. However, our system is not, and has not been truly free market in a long time. Even with that slight glitch, I feel this boox is a good, informational read for many of us--laborers to CEOs. In fact, some of the things I learned from this read I will be implementing in my children's upbringing--like concentrating on higher maths, science and technology in their schooling.
Worth a read, but not as good as I thought. I like how it starts with the parents and moves through time. I did learn things I never knew--about Bonnie and Clyde; how criminals were treated in the early days, and history and how authority acted and reacted.
Seemed well documented.
Worth a read.
Why is this book good? Because it caused me to memorize parts, share them with others, and reflect upon what I learned.
It's history in a bottle! Or, cask/cup/stein.
This book could have been almost twice as long and still a good read. The only part that got long to me was the greek/roman culture and wine portion--but the wine portion was my least favorite, anyways.
This book was so good, that it has caused me to read several other books written along similar lines.
The narrator was a bit slow and not quite as inflective as I like, but I got used to him quickly and was no problem.
I really liked it. A bit dry at times, but entertaining and informative. I only lost attention a few times, but those moments would most likely really interest someone who was a student of mental dis(?)orders.
I liked the reader quite a bit.
Suprisingly, upon reflection, I rated this book more highly than I thought I would right after completion, so for me, that means ut caused me to think, reflect, and even have stuff stick with me....my definition of a good book, movie, or study.
Not as deep or involved as the Jack Aubrey series, but certainly more entertaining and adventursome. I thought it was going to be another (boring) period tale, but really liked it and will pick up other titles in the series if they go on sale.
I'm not done with it, but will finish it...someday. At the halfway point, other books piqued my interest more. This was six months ago.
Fun history and stories about how the periodic table was discovered/designed, the personalities behind it, and info on each of the elements. My wife liked it more than me, but she is the geeky one.
Sometimes, science is easier to understand when there is a story behind it, that's where this book shines.
Well written, well read, entertaining, not too technical, not too long. Author pulls few punches with those who deserve it, being hit. I have never before been remotely interested in the hacker culture, but this was totally engrossing.
Honestly, I didn't even know who Kevin Micklick was.
Lots of adventure here.
I thought this would be funny, but it's just really dumb...I only listened to about 45 minutes before I turned it off.
Why did I think it was dumb? The way the author presented/read the content was annoying--trying to be slapstick, which may have worked...but the content is just stupid.
Fun book--I like the story behind Tony as he grows up and builds some businesses. I think anyone with an entreupeneurial mindset, or one who likes stories about real people doing big things, will like this. I did, and I don't even shop at Zappos.
Because of this book, I decided to read the Steve Jobs book, but I like the Zappos book more so far.
I loved Lonesome Dove. This is not nearly as good.
The reader is almost as good as Lonesome dove. I liked him.
Seemed like some characters that got killed in LD were reinevented as new characters here.
The plot was slow.
A good enough listen, but not LD. I won't read anymore in the series at this point.
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