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Informative, but too long,
This review is from: The Maverick and His Machine: Thomas Watson, Sr. and the Making of IBM (Hardcover)I agree with previous reviewers that Watson's story is amazing, but I do not believe that Maney execution of this book is that good.
I think that this book would have been a much better read if it was 250 pages. One of the reasons for the extra length is that the author decided to deviate from simple chronological order. Instead, Maney attempted analytical/descriptive biography, but, in my view, did not fully succeed.
I came away from this 400 page book with mixed understanding of what sort of person Watson was and what, besides the IBM culture, were his business methods and innovations.
Overall, the book did not flow, the organization of some of the chapters was not intuitive and the chapters on Watson's sons were short. I can not quite call the book disapointing, but I can not say that it was a great experience.