It's good to brush-up on the basics of leadership every once and a while, and this books is a good way to do just that. The advice given can, for the most part, be found in virtually any book on leadership and/or career advancement; but it's still good advice that reinforces good habits and (hopefully) helps manage bad ones.
On the negative site: I felt that a lot of the book was irrelevant to me because they covered habits I don't have and that I don't deal with on a regular basis. These sections/chapters pretty much just took up space.
On the positive side: I did have a few "ah ha!" moments when a particular habit turned out to be a spot-on of myself or someone I work with. These sections/chapters were especially interesting and I took the advice to heart, plus got some great pointers on coaching others.
This book covers the topic indicated by it's title very thoroughly. The result is simultaneously fascinating and boring. The arguments are well articulated and compelling, but the text lacks literary flavor. The content is so dense that it was, at times, difficult to stay attuned to what I was reading.
Full of hilarious and sometimes outrageous anecdotes, I was laughing out loud throughout each chapter. Feynman, as portrayed in this book, lived the way many of us would like to, but perhaps don't have the guts to.
This book is really about his personal philosophy for life, which is described through personal parables and anecdotes rather than direct specification. Feynman comes across as good natured, brutally honest, and uncommonly curious. These core characteristics take him on many adventures, from safe cracker, to bongo player, to atomic bomb builder.
A fun book, with an interesting backdrop of society, the military, and an intergalactic war. Plenty of Heinlein-style pontification on morality and politics, which I've always enjoyed.
I'm a fan of apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic stories, and this was a good one. Despite the book being quite long, the plot moves forward at a good pace. There are some good twists and turns, and the characters face interesting challenges. Many of the characters in this book were exceptionally well developed and witnessing them struggle and evolve as the plot unfolded was more enthralling than the plot its self. Harold Lauder and Tom Cullen in particular.
The plot had a few weak points though. The Las Vegas inhabitants weren't evil, so much as they were disturbed. I felt more sorry for them than afraid of them. This ultimately made them their own worst enemies. The literal "hand of God" triumph at the end was a pretty disappointing way to prevail, too. There was a lot of unrealized potential to make the character of God a little more mysterious and profound than he ended up being.
I thought the reading performance was just okay. Every accent was some variation of southern, even when it wasn't appropriate.
I totally failed to see why this book/novella is so highly thought of and recommended. The entire story is essentially Juan coming to realize what is clear to everyone else - including the reader - from the very beginning. Vinge's vision of the future was nothing special; kids are really smart and get to use neat technology, whoopty do. Even though the story is relatively short, I found it difficult to stay interested though I did, finally, manage my way through it.
This book full of the good humor and wisdom of Einstein, not to mention plenty of mind bending physics. I didn't realize just how little I knew about Einstein until I read this book, so it was a great learning experience too.
A light, entertaining read with some interesting ideas. Overall, I wasn't convinced by the argument - that the mental pendulum is going to swing so far to the "right brain" - but that doesn't stop the book from being an interesting hodgepodge of pop science and culture.
Presents an interesting model for adult romantic relationships. Though the book seems to be targeted primarily at "anxious women", I still found some of the information and advice insightful.
Wozniak has such a matter-of-fact way of talking about his life. Woz sees a problem, finds a solution, makes - or loses - a few million dollars with his project, and moves on to the next thing that interests him. Repeat.
One aspect that really surprised me is that the whole Apple thing seems like such a blip in the life of Woz. In fact, Woz thinks his creating the first dial-a-joke service in his area is a much more notable accomplishment than building the Apple I or Apple II. Woz also invented the universal remote control. Who knew?
Interspersed with technical descriptions and hilarious pranks, iWoz is both insightful and genuinely funny. There is very little emotion in the book (except passion), at least on the surface, yet Wozniak still manages to come across as a proud teddy bear.
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