This is two books in one -- the story of the brave but failed French attempt to build a canal and the story of the American success that built on the good work of the French. The author covers back-room politics, the living conditions and daily life on the canal, the history of decision-making, and the triumphant completion of the project. The book is epic in scope and exciting from start to finish.
This is a behind-the-scenes account of the growth of Amazon. The author covers the company in a balanced way, noting Jeff Bezos's fanatical focus on customer service even to the point of using bullying tactics towards competitors and treating employees poorly. I came away with a little more wariness towards making so many of my purchases at Amazon.com. A fascinating read, especially for those interested in business or technology.
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