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Start-Up Nation Audiobook

Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

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Publisher's Summary

Start-Up Nation addresses the trillion-dollar question: How is it that Israel - a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources - produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the UK?

With the savvy of foreign policy insiders, Senor and Singer examine the lessons of the country's adversity-driven culture, which flattens hierarchy and elevates informality - all backed up by government policies focused on innovation. In a world where economies as diverse as Ireland, Singapore, and Dubai have tried to re-create the "Israel effect", there are entrepreneurial lessons well worth noting. As America reboots its own economy and can-do spirit, there's never been a better time to look at this remarkable and resilient nation for some impressive, surprising clues.

©2009 Dan Senor and Saul Singer; (P)2009 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

"There is a great deal for America to learn from the very impressive Israeli Entrepreneurial model - beginning with a culture of leadership and risk management. Start-Up Nation is a playbook for every CEO who wants to develop the next generation of corporate leaders." (Tom Brokaw)
"No one else, in my judgment, has written regularly about Israel in recent years with more clarity than Singer." (William Kristol, Editor, The Weekly Standard)

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    Nili 12-10-09
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    "Interesting and worth the time"

    I found this book very interesting and an easy listen. The authors use analysis and anecdote to show how and why Israel's startup culture has become a major success story. Israelis thrive on chaos, controversy and risk and are not afraid to fail. Unfortunately, I found one major drawback with the audiobook: Just about every Hebrew name is appallingly mispronounced. This is especially annoying since 90% of this book's content consists of naming people, places and companies. It seems strange that the publishers did not bother to have the audio track reviewed by a Hebrew-speaking editor. Despite this major failing, I did find the book worth the listening time.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    morton Rego Park, NY, United States 11-23-09
    morton Rego Park, NY, United States 11-23-09
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    "A Remarkable Audio!"

    A fascinating insightful audio book and a remarkable story of the entrepreneurial spirit of a people surrounded by enemies in a land with no natural resources, who produce more start up companies than any other nation. A great audio!

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    Herman R. Newton 03-15-17
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    "Deeply insightful"

    Start up nation is a fabulous introduction to a nation many don't understand. Never one sided, it looks into factors that are unique to the culture, and weaves them together to better understand how a nation so small could have so much impact. Well done.

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    Eduardo Zaga 03-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    amazing book, i loved the content and the performance of sean pratt. really recomend it

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    Christian Edinburgh, United Kingdom 12-28-16
    Christian Edinburgh, United Kingdom 12-28-16
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    "Excellent book to help you improve your country"

    Great read. Simply put. good narration and quick listen. if you're keen on improving yourself and your country, I would recommend you listen to this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Seni Mwanza, Tanzania 12-26-16
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    "A must read to anybody"

    This book is a must read to anybody who is looking for a glimpse of success.

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    Newton 11-26-16
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    "Very Inspirational"

    Very good book. You get to see why Israel is so tenacious financially and what we as Americans can learn from Israel. It however seem to leave out the indispensable help and support that Israel gets from America, without which success would not be so impressive

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    Shukhrat Martinez, GA, United States 04-18-11
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    "Excellent and very enriching book!"

    I truly enjoyed listening this wonderful book. Original point of view, I would have never come to these conclusions myself, but I agree now! I like that the author is just giving you information for consideration and building this case slowly but surely. I learned something new about life. It was definitely worthwhile to purchase this book.

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    Eran Gal 04-03-11
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    "Amazing inspiring story though not 100% accurate"

    Very interesting review of a great anomaly. The book is far from being objective, and overlooks some issues that would interfere with the theories, but even this way, it is very much worth listening to for the fact that are in there and the amazing story it unfolds. I think they also ignore the strong affect the Jewish religion and the way it is constructed had on the traits they mention, even though most of the country is secular.

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    Wojciech 03-28-17
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    "Great intro into the success story of Israel"

    A must for anyone planing a first trip to Isreal with a view to understand its innovation culture.

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    "Informative and well written"

    Very well put together and inspiring. However I do think that, perhaps, too much attention was paid for the military service aspect of Israeli society. A good summation of the history of tech and the things that will affect it in the future.

    Audio was clear, crisp and without glitches. This has clearly been read as an audiobook not a spoken book - phraseology like "early in this audio book" which is good to hear.

    All round a very interesting insight into Israeli society and business. Well worth a credit. I was also able to listen to it at x2 speed because of the quality of the speech.

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  • DrNick
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    "Briliantly-written and easy to listen to"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Start-Up Nation to be better than the print version?

    A great deal of anecdotal and interview-based material that provides a compelling and enthralling listening experience.Genuinely excellent right until the end.


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