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The Rough Guide to Rome 3 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
The Rough Guide to Rome 3 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
by Katie Parla
Edition: Paperback
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate, Incomplete and Filled with Poor Guidance, October 22, 2009
I'm sitting in a Hotel in Rome right now, writing this review after several days of laughable "guidance" from the Rough Guide to Rome. The guide is an accomplice to the tourist traps of the city, leading hapless travelers directly into the very worst restaurants that cost the very most. We have quickly learned to ignore the guide's restaurant listings, and have instead found it useful to just wander the streets reading menus. There are plenty of other issues with the book: poor descriptions of the ancient Roman sites, lackluster guidance on how to enjoy the Vatican, useless descriptions of transportation options, etc... Do yourself a favor, and avoid this book. Having just come from Orvieto, where we found ourselves loving and trusting the guidance of Lonely Planet's guide of Tuscany and Umbria, we know what a good guide book can add to your trip.


The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works--and How It's Transforming the American Economy
The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works--and How It's Transforming the American Economy
by Charles Fishman
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, scary and impressive, November 13, 2008
Charles Fishman has managed to both intrigue and scare me with The Wall-Mart Effect. This book is worth reading for anyone interested in the economy, corporate growth models, supply chain management, manufacturing or sales. Even those with no interest in any of those topics should read the book, just to understand why you SHOULD be interested in this company.

Not being focused on traditional retail or physical product manufacturing in my daily life, the book was still able to get my mind racing with thoughts about how to work with or against the massive force that Wall-Mart exerts on all of us.


Web 2.0: A Strategy Guide: Business thinking and strategies behind successful Web 2.0 implementations
Web 2.0: A Strategy Guide: Business thinking and strategies behind successful Web 2.0 implementations
by Amy Shuen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.99
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good blend of business, marketing and technology savvy, November 6, 2008
Amy Shuen has done a wonderful job with this book. Its ability to blend the business, marketing and technology conversation around Web 2.0 philosophies into a cohesive discussion makes this book worth the read. While I was slightly disappointed that the book didn't spend much time on internal uses for these strategies (which could easily have been added as a seventh chapter), the focus on the value to changing a business was well researched and valuable.

In particular, spending time understanding the various value propositions around Web 2.0 was excellent. From innovation models, to monetization strategies and harnessing the long tail of a potential market, the revenue potential is clearly explored.

One comment that I read from another reader ([...]) was that he felt that the language was contrived and not engaging enough. I couldn't disagree more. The book was articulate and readable, especially given the fact that the book covered so many of the dry topics that are often ignored for the sake of hype generating content.


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