With a different narrator and style - perhaps, yes.
Learn to pronounce European names, the correct pronunciation of Schumpeter would be a start.
Enormously. The use of
That the author read the book with the same passion he wrote it.
Filled with thousands of gems and cameos - yet the storyline and line of argument were never compromised or lost.
The narrative surrounding damages and reparations for slavery . The rich world is culpable yet remains untried and above it all.
The six things that matter
This is a superb book and I have no reservation in giving it 5/5 across the board.
The ability to weave the powerful results of rafts and rafts of research results in sociology, behavioural science, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology and more into a captivating story.
I have one complaint. The US-centric view causes David Brooks in one part to write (p348) about living in "New York, China or Africa". This is nauseating. At best, New York is a state - but generally spoken about as a city. China is 1.5bn people with widely varying conditions, circumstances, cultures and environments. The same goes for Africa: 1.0bn people living in 54 countries. Please stop talking about Africa as a single place.
Tony Hsieh is buried so far into his "magical kingdom" that he is incapable of seeing that he is dazzled by his own brilliance. This is not a book about building a business, it is Hsieh marvelling at his list of ten things that people at Zappos do, and that's about it.
I would be amazed if in a different climate Hsieh can do it again - perhaps he can, but there is no evidence in this book of any of that. Instead, by page 200 I am out of patience for the dripping adoration of his employees for how in awe they are of Zappos (read Hsieh).
The best comment I have read on shameless self promotion comes from Barry J. Gibbons In Dream Merchants and HowBoys, where he writes of Richard Branson (Virgin empire):
"This man does fascinate me. I have high respect for what he has achieved, and for his undoubted intuition. But sometimes when I see that bearded face in (yet another) facile photo opportunity, I reflect that, sometimes, there just isn’t enough vomit in the world."
I cannot put it better than that when it comes to Hsieh and his Zappos story.
No. This is Hsieh writing about Delivering on Self Love.
Not publish the book.
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