This book is almost like a novel: young, smart idealistic couple from humble beginnings end up in the White House. If there is any criticism that comes through of the Obamas it is their naive view that if they just did good work, it would be enough. But no, every action must be second guessed through the fickle lens of a sensationalistic media and gullible public. This book provides a window into the Obamas as they learn to navigate the political side of the presidency. I thought Michelle Obama was portrayed as her husband's best advisor. I'm surprised that the news reports on this book seemed to suggest otherwise and I don't remember any discussion of how Rahm Emmanuel is portrayed. He definitely comes across poorly and I suspect accurately. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the Obamas own books on their lives in the White House.
I really love Malcolm Gladwell and have enjoyed many of his previous books but I did not enjoy this book. I enjoyed the story about class sizes and Ivy League school but most of the stories were not engaging to me and I found myself looking forward to the end.
My kids are a little too old for much of this advice but I thoroughly enjoyed this book nonetheless. If you are interested in how others live in other parts of the world, you will enjoy this book.
Hmmm... strange when you find the talking dog more believable than the people! I loved this book at first and found the dog's observations very funny. But the people were just so unbelievable and frankly, stupid and one dimensional. At one point the book took such a ridiculous turn that I could not finish it (I was pretty far into it at that point).
I have found Peter Bregman's method very helpful and simple. The whole book could probably be summarized in about an hour but his stories are engaging. I would recommend this book if you find the days going by too fast and you feel like you are not really accomplishing what you would like.
This is not just a fascinating and well-written story, but a story that makes you ponder how any child can ever escape the bleak inner city and why we, in America, even have such places of desperation. And for every mother who ever threatened their child with the prospect of military school, this one's for you! Wes Moore is a great narrator as well.
I wanted to find a guided imagery relaxation audiobook that would take me away and leave me relaxed. This book does just that. It has three scenarios that are all equally enjoyable. I find the narrator's voice very soothing and the overall effect exactly what I was looking for.
I loved this book. It chronicles Geoffrey Canada's personal experience growing up in a culture that did not always encourage academic success and his professional journey to combat the lack of educational achievement in Harlem. I love that the author also wove into this story a history of the governmental policies and some of the major writings (i.e. "The Bell Curve") on tackling this same issue. Wow- that sounds boring, but it's really not! If you have ever wondered if anything can be done to help the disadvantaged then this book will inspire you. The narrator was a pleasure to listen to as well.
This is a great book for any midnight engineer trying to 'ship'. Whether it's software, hardware, a novel, or anything else you're creating this book will help you focus on what is important to get it out the door -- to ship. Forget all the rules you thought you knew. These guys have been there, done that, and have rewritten the rules for a game the old-timers can't even play.
The concept was so intriguing, I just went ahead and bought this. Big Mistake. It is tortuous. The author's voice is so irritating and the story so plodding with the "she said, he said, she said" storytelling style. The only thing interesting about this is that it has become a bestseller despite these enormous flaws. Maybe it reads better than it sounds. I wanted to like it, I really did, but a concept does not necessarily make a good book.
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