Everyone should read this book so they know what someone is talking about when they say someone is Machiavellian.
Not as good as Peter the Great, but an interesting followup to that book and worth reading.
Even though this book is Hank Greenberg's highly biased version of his successes (all his endeavors were successful in this book) and endeavors (in which he was somehow always right and prescient), it is worth reading to get his side of the story and an insight into his organized, methodical, analytical, egotistical and assertive mindset. In spite of the bias, I do believe Greenberg was a remarkable CEO and AIG would not have imploded if he had not been unjustly kicked out.
Unfortunately, the narration was very poor, with the narrator speaking in a sing-song voice and emphasizing the oddest words in the sentence. HIs voice imitations were sometimes LOL funny they were so ridiculous.
I found this book very interesting, both because Walter O'Malley is someone worth learning about because he accomplished remarkable things and because I am a Dodger fan and it was enjoyable to know more about their history.
If you are very familiar with all types of airplanes, flying jargon, military anachronisms, flying formations and military terminology, you will like this book. If, like me, you are not so well versed in these things, you will find this book a slow read and a bit hard to follow. I would have preferred to see the author pick out a few key, milestone advances in fighter planes and to have developed those in detail rather than cover so many different types of planes and training evolutions.
It is not hard to believe that the authro is not a writter, but an ex-insurance executive. This story is disjointed and lacks any compelling pace. Additionally, the narrator voice is too sugary and lacks depth. The book does a good job of telling about CV Starr, Also, because it is the only book about Hank Greenburg, other than a book Mr. Greenburg wrote, it might be worth reading. Also, way too much about all the lawsuits.
I enjoyed reading this book because it gave me a much better understanding of the Middle East and the role T.E. Lawrence played there during WWI. However, it was a slow read rather than a page turner. It was also a little hard to follow all the characters. I thought the narrator did a good job. Would recommend.
I really enjoyed finding out more about Kissinger, although it seemed like the author found fault with almost everything he did, with much of the criticism from the perspective of a Monday morning quarterback. It definitely could have been shortened. For example, we do not need to know the name of every dinner guest at Kissinger's parties. However, the book did give a good account of our getting out of Vietnam and what it was like working with Nixon. It also presented a moral dilemma for consideration. Is it better to work secretly and get things done like Kissinger and Nixon did, or be open and seek consensus in the democratic way and get little done or what does get done is watered down.
I thought the narrator did a good job. At first I did not like his voice imitations, but they grew on me.
This was a fascinating look at Einstein's life and times. Perhaps a bit technical when it came to describing his theories, but overall well worth reading.
No one can explore a topic with verve and enthusiasm quite like Michael Lewis. Here was a problem no one knew existed but is very ominous. I hope Mr. Lewis expose results in corrective measures. He tells the story well, bringing to life mundane topics with great visualizations. Dylan Baker does another great job of narrating.
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