The first mistake that I made was in that I thought that I purchased The Greatest Generation and instead I got this. After I got over the disappointment of my mistake I listened to this and it was interesting but not mind blowing in any way. Some stories are more telling of the time than others. I kind of got tired of the same readers relaying different stories and actually there are so many stories that they really started to blend. I am somebody who is VERY interested in hearing my father's stories and is fascinated by this generation but listening to hours and hours of 'ok' stories didn't make for great entertainment for me. Perhaps I would have liked it more as it was intended (a follow-on to the original book) but I don't think so.
Just a very well-told story of his life through letters from the time. I especially enjoyed his relationship with his wife. The letters to her are very telling of his true feelings about very important topics. This great approach to telling his story comes across as truthful and not so much focus on bragging. It is also excellent in showing you the personalities of the other revolutionaries of the time by his (and his family's) interactions with Jefferson, Washington, Franklin, etc... Very enlightening. I was not bothered by the narrator as others were. Very entertaining, you won't be disappointed.
He has a lot of good ideas, most of which were first practiced in Silicon Valley 20 years ago. He spends WAY too much time on marketing to women and the aging baby boomers. He makes a solid point but just goes on too long. His general premise in the book is to break down the old rules and presents a new model for our economy moving forward. A lot of good advice in here for most business people. He is very hyper and opinionated so you may not like it...
If you are remotely interested in the history of astrophysics then get it. His style is great and even though you are listening he does a great job of putting pictures in your head. Even my wife who is not interested in physics loved his stories. It is the right length and very easy listening for such a deep topic.
If you are a baseball fan then it is interesting to listen to how the Oakland A's and Billy Bean were able to beat the sytem and take a low income team to the top. If you are a Yankee fan(I am not) or another big market team beware that they are out to bash your team's spending for top-notch players. I am also interested in statistics and this book tells how the A's realigned baseball statistics to think about what really matters when looking for talent. The author is highly biased or is perhaps a newbie to baseball as he seems completely taken by Bean's style and touts it as the only real truth. There are a dozen different philosophies and this is a really interesting look at one of the newer ones. Definitely worth the purchase. I love the little behind-the-scenes stories about some of the popular players. Good book.
This book is great for anyone who wants to read about the history of the internet bubble and how Arthur Levitt is the self-proclaimed "nice guy" in the world and tried to save us with tons of regulation. The only real tips that you get in the book is to buy index funds. The rest of the time is spent bashing politicians and corporations in a very biased way. He is touting himself constantly with very little valuable info here. Save your money. Unless you are a big Levitt fan and want to hear him ramble about how he turned his life around for the good of the individual investor...
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