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  • American Sketches

  • Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Cotter Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

In this collection of essays, Walter Isaacson reflects on the lessons to be learned from Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, and various other interesting characters he has chronicled as a biographer and journalist. The people he writes about have an awesome intelligence, in most cases, but that is not the secret of their success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable and Insightful - Get it

  • By Gerardo A Dada on 09-02-13

Must Read for American History Buffs

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-16

Isaacson takes the reader on a journey through American history, masterfully weaving his own perspective on historical and contemporary issues. While some of the tales were repetitions of his prior books, the new commentary carried insights that Isaacson was reluctant to share in previous works. Somewhat serendipitously, readers may find clarity and understanding in some of today's more contentious political and social quandaries, making the work that much more impactful.

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

  • A Leadership Fable
  • By: Patrick Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,503

In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good concepts and great medium to convey them...

  • By Niket Parikh on 10-27-05

Common Sense Yet Worth the Time

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-16

The content isn't Earth-shattering or particularly original. That said, the author's narrative approach allows the listener to mentally slip between the story itself and his or her own team's dynamics. I found this a particularly helpful exercise, especially as I was actively working to improve my current team's performance.