This book's strength is mixing research and anecdote in a lively, accessible way, with a reporter's eye for detail.
While the reader gets a solid sense of finance's corrosive day-to-day effects through the tales of his proxies, it never quite captures the immediacy of personal experience.
The preachy tone, although it may delight Mormons who are in many ways the stars of The Triple Package, is alas typical of a book that attempts to elevate Chua's bestselling wind-up Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother into a grand and instructive formula...
These depictions of Roger Ailes as something other than a frothing, ratings-mad showman-provocateur may be cases of damning with faint praise. But it’s about as a fair and balanced an account as one could hope to read about someone who has so weightily tipped the scales of American political life to the right.
In the end, the main value of Happy City is not in saying something new, but in saying forcefully what can't be said too much.
Though much of "Hatching Twitter" is hobbled by weak anecdotes and schlocky metaphors, the book is carried by Bilton's excruciating account of Dorsey's evolution.
Were The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature and the Future of Forecasting (Penguin Press, 2013) written by anyone other than Alan Greenspan, it would have had a hard time finding a publisher.
Stone's vivid profiles and lucid analyses of business dynamics make for an entertaining, insightful, behind-the-scenes account of the e-commerce revolution.
As is true so often in life more could have been achieved had less been attempted. Her efforts to draw together so many threads over such a broad canvas inevitably lead to discontinuities and contradictions.
His often over-the-top style annoyed me at first, but, as I read, on, I began to see that this in-your-face, personal approach is the best way to tell the story he wants to tell.
Bill Dedman first wrote about Clark’s life in 2010 and with the help of Paul Newell — a distant relative who was not involved in the suit — has written a blood-boiling exposé. It will make you angry and it will make you sad. Huguette deserved far better.
Though the book lacks the killer anecdotal "stickiness" of a Malcolm Gladwell or a Kahneman, Scarcity does give scientific rigour to our instinctive understanding of the effect of privation (and austerity) on the brain...
It seems like the two goals of StrengthsFinder 2.0 are to (1) collect data and (2) sell research. The author works for Gallup, so I guess I should have seen that coming.
Insisting that immigrants work is sound policy, but the tone of “Exodus” is problematic. Mr Collier finds endless objections to a policy—more or less unlimited immigration—that no country has adopted. In the process, he exaggerates the possible risks of mobility and underplays its proven benefits.
Yet, despicable as he was in many ways, there was also something impressive about the man — a quality he shared with many of the crude but instinctively canny early Hollywood moguls who couldn’t write, act or direct but whose ability to recognize and channel others’ talents resulted in film masterpieces.
Studwell’s thesis is bold, his arguments persuasive, and his style pugnacious. It adds up to a highly readable and important book...
...this character's story stuck faithfully to real life.
Captivating and astute study.
Though the author is passionate with respect to expressing his point of view many times he is excessively combative and facile.
Ms. Raghavan...has written a briskly paced account full of fascinating detail, with chapters that switch deftly back and forth between the two main characters.