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Raising the Bar for Banal Opportunism,
This review is from: Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website (Hardcover)
I'd wanted to pick this up for awhile, but after seeing how short it was and the largish typeface, I figured what the hell -- popped it open and read the thing while burrowed in an enclave at Borders. It should have been chucked back on the shelf long before I finished, quite frankly, but I wanted to be absolutely certain that I hated it as much as I thought I did.
At no time did Domscheit-Berg approach any semblance of meaningful insight; if you were hoping for anything beyond a lengthy discharge of mostly banal tripe, I recommend looking elsewhere. It's a series of what amount to lackluster, underwhelming blog posts quickly jimmied together for profit. It's Ricki Lake masquerading as 60 Minutes.
It's hard to blame Domscheit-Berg for making an effort to cash in on his circumstances, but going forward, he'd do well to remember that cringe-worthy opportunism should at least be somehow entertaining. This book wasn't, and had I paid, sadly, it'd probably have been the first time I'd utilized the return policy.
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Initial post: Apr 17, 2011 3:40:59 PM PDT
Jeffrey Blehar says:
Hey Julian, try to be a little less obvious next time. Your one and only review under this username!
In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2011 12:35:33 AM PDT
S. J. Snyder says:
Seriously, Mr. Webster sounds like an Assange-worshiper rather than someone who was open to finding meaningful insight about what makes Julian tick.
Second, Domscheit-Berg has indicated that he's not the "cashing-in" type.
Third, the book is far more than "underwhelming blog posts."
Fourth, any appearance of rushed timing appears to be connected to the crack in which Assange has wedged his own arse. (Going by this book, that doesn't really surprise me, either, while not ruling out the idea of a "bank shot" by the U.S. govt at the same time.)
Fifth, cringe-worthy opportunism could actually appear to be Assange's MO with women, if anything.
Too bad I can only click the "no" button once on this review.
In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2011 5:41:29 PM PDT
Amusing, the unwarranted assumptions that A) I'm using a pseudonym, and that B) given my pointed distaste for this book, it logically follows that I must "worship Assange."
Neither of these things is true (in fact, I detest Assange and his entire puerile ethos). When you can find the time between reading terrible books and responding to reviews on Amazon, I suggest you both enroll in a basic logic or critical thinking course at your local community college. It may help prevent you from publicly embarrassing yourselves in the future.
All my best,
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2013 2:44:53 PM PDT
Michelle C. Vespoli says:
Ah, Tim, I miss you...
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2013 5:28:09 AM PDT
Danusha V. Goska says:
You're expressing contempt for community colleges?
Wow, you must be tremendously smart and sophisticated.
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