I may be a victim of poor expectations, but the book was not nearly as funny or witty as I expected it to be. As a window into the life of a struggling stand-up comic who hit it big, it's an interesting read, but not always an entertaining one.
An absolutely wonderful trip through the history of (unbelievably) nearly everything. If you have even the remotest bit of curiosity about anything from the formation of the universe, to geology, to our understanding of mathematics and physics -- and especially, the men and women in history that formed the foundation of what we now claim to know about our universe -- this book is for you. Bryson hops elegantly from one subject to the next, pausing to not only educate, but also to amuse the reader. Subjects that I would normally have pegged as uninteresting, Bryson manages to make amusing, and often, extremely illuminating.
A lot of the information provided here is strictly common sense. However, it does provide you with a simple structure to simply get things done (pun not intended). As an abridged version of the book, it certainly seems to do the job well of getting the foundation of his methods down quickly and clearly. However, once I finished the book, I found I did want a little more detail and information, which I assume is in the unabridged version. As such, I don't know if I can recommend the audiobook to everyone, but I do plan on picking up the full text at some point in the near future.
Steve Jobs gets all the accolades and all the (well-deserved) credit, but behind the glitz and glam of marketing genius, there's the quiet engineer that revolutionized the world with his ideas.
I always loved Woz based on both the legends surrounding him and the interviews I have read, but hearing his side of the story was both illuminating and entertaining. As one might expect, the early days leading up to the formation of Apple and his subsequent tenure as part of the company he co-founded is by far the most interesting part of the book. However, his humor and Gina Smith's writing style carry throughout and make the whole book a worthwhile read.
I'm an avowed fan of Al Gore's but I was impressed on how apolitical this book was. I'd recommend everyone to read this one, from the political junkie to those who choose to avoid the subject of politics entirely.
Phenomenal overview of the research and theories developed by Jeff Hawkins' latest endeavor into the human mind. I whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone remotely interested in the human mind and how it relates to everything from psychology to the development of real artificial intelligence.
An interesting overview of the last 50 years of American intervention abroad. Whether or not you believe this all to be true depends on just who's Kool-Aid you prefer to drink, but regardless, it's a fun and oftentimes enlightening read
While I would caution anyone reading this to take a lot of what is presented with a grain of salt, it is still a great whirlwind primer to world of cultural economics.
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