This was a spellbinding story about a company affecting our daily lives. I did not understand Twitter or its history before reading this book.
Would like to have seen more info on what Jack Dorsey was doing with Square. Not integral to the book, but would have provided background on one of books key characters.
This book was really worth reading. It was both educational and inspirational. I did not know much about Nelson Mandela and the conditions in South Africa before reading this book. Now I do and to read about the struggle Mandela went through to eliminate aparateid is truly amazing. Highly recommend this book.
This is an excellent and poignant description of what it was like to serve in combat in Vietnam, in this case as a helicopter pilot. The story is a reminder of the sacrifices made by our troops in that war, what it was like and the effect it had on them.
Normally, I do not like books read by the author. However, in this case, John LeCarre did an excellent job of narration. Unfortunately, I found the book itself to be confusing and difficult to follow, especially the ending.
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.
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