This book addresses an important question. My wife and I are both in industries that are being disrupted, so we listened to it together on a road trip and had hoped to get some ideas of how we might address the disruptions. However, we found the book very shallow. The book seemed like a stream of cliches (like pealing the onion, leaning into it, etc.) and extremely poor metaphors (like purgatory and having sex with your data). Take away these weak literary devices and you are left with a bunch of shallow statements - nothing novel.
The author spends a lot of time talking about being connected. My recommendation would be that he disconnect for a while and think deeply about the content. It sounds like he has access to a lot of insightful people, but he needs to synthesize some novel thoughts of his own.
This book makes maybe a couple of interesting observations, but the rest is obvious and repetitive. I found it irritating that the author kept trying to make the same tired points over and over. I found some of the anecdotes interesting, but overall the book was not worth my time or money.
For sometime I have wanted to understand what brought about the great depression, so I thought this book might explain it to me. I'm neither an economist nor a historian, but I am interested in the topic. I found the book less than helpful in this regard. The author spends a lot of time touching on what must seem to him as entertaining trivia, but I found it frustrating. The author seems to assume familiarity with both economics and history to be able to provide the context. I had to laugh at the end of the book when the author tells the reader that the purpose of the book was to summarize the influence of the four main characters - I had no clue who the four main characters were, and when he finally named them, I wasn't sure who one of them was.
All in all I wish I had not wasted the time or money on the book.
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