Although the timeline bounces around a little bit, this is the scariest book I've ever read or listened to. The factual recount of multiple events is disturbing as the consequences would end life as we know it. It's only by miracle that we are still alive. The book provides great context and lays out how the build up of nuclear weapons occurred and good detail about the weapons themselves. The book only covers US events, I dread to think what has happened in other countries. The book is very well researched.
This is an excellent historical perspective and analysis of the decline of print journalism. I've heard glowing recommendations from TV shows that analyse the media, as well as lawyers. It paints a very bleak and not unexpected picture of the state of journalism. While there are some stories from the US and Australia, it is focused on the UK, but it's just as relevant everywhere in the western world. The book is well researched and authoritative.
I was really disappointed with this book - the subject matter is interesting, but it's almost a regurgitation of memos, rather conversion of memos and research materials into a book. There is constant ad-nausium list of the staff present at the time of various events - i.e. read direct from the memo. This just becomes tedious, repetitive and unhelpful - it doesn't add anything to the story. In fact, there is no story - the author should have taken the materials and converted them into a narrative and done additional research to provide other information and perspectives. Unfortunately, there is no analysis and critical review of the material. The narration was dry and monotonous, while I don't expect the narrator to understand the materials, it was a completely dry read - there are even sections that were supposed to be edited out which weren't. As an engineer, I have a suspicion the author didn't understand an amount of the content either. I almost gave up on this book.
I would highly recommend "Command and Control" instead - you won't be disappointed.
This book is a waste of time - I really tried, but gave up after an hour or so.
This was one of a few books on nuclear technology that I bought (also Command and Control, and Atomic Accidents - both excellent books), but it quickly degenerated into a hyperbolic, highly opinionated piece of trash talk with little fact or supporting arguments for the opinion. I was hoping for some serious analysis of the problems of nuclear energy but ended up glib throw away lines that meandered more than a babbling brooke! I think author's main intention was to trash nuclear technology without much analysis, effort or detail. With more supporting facts, analysis and credible 3rd party opinion it would be greatly improved as the concept of the book is good.
The performance wasn't much better. Although the vocal performance was good, the read kept descending into side notes, foot notes and other excerpts that were poorly performed and integrated. The performer (possibly from the authors text) kept swapping between a matter or fact / factual style of presentation to something you'd expect from a beer conversation at a local bar.
I have a high tolerance for bad audio books and would have let either the poor performance or content go, but with everything being so bad, it was infuriating and a waste of my time.
This is the only book I've considered asking Audible for a refund of and I have a lot of books from them.
The writing style, coverage of topics and performance of the narrator were professional, but they are the only positives.
The author demonstrates a clear lack of understanding of technology, product development and large companies. Various facts are selectively cherry picked to further the authors' argument, but it is far from balanced. While the central premise of the book is "Jobs = good, Cook = not as good", the facts and arguments presented are neither convincing to either support or not support the central premise. Much of the book is just a narrative of public information about Apple, it's operations and legal cases. It contains no analysis or expertise in either reporting, arguments or conclusions.
The book is tabloid quality journalism and isn't worth the investment in time or money. It reminds me of various unresearched podcasts that speculate about Apple, but fall flat because the presenters have never worked in large companies, been involved in large scale software or hardware product development, let alone work for Apple or a large silicon valley company.
Not only an interesting peek into Madonna's world, it performs a deep examination of their sibling relationship - with all it's trials and tribulations. What makes this book interesting is that you get to see behind the PR and media machines to compare how real people behave and interact versus a project image distorted by others. The book does allow you to understand what people mean when you hear the odd remark that a particular famous person really is nice or genuine behind the facades. Most surprising about this book is how well it's written, particularly given how emotional and personal it is.
A great explanation about the evolvement, modernisation and operation of securities trading. The audiobook is easy to listen to and understand.
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