Informative and Interesting,
This review is from: Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle (Paperback)
Dan Senor and Saul Singer are not great story-tellers, but they do have a great story -- the rise of Israel's innovation economy. It's a fascinating tale of a culture that emphasizes generalists who are adept and agile problem-solvers. The authors try to break down the formula of Israel's success -- society's flat hierarchy (where everybody knows each other), decentralization (everyone is supposed to make his own decisions and judgements), internationalization (Israelis are avid travellers, and Israel has a mighty disapora), its military service culture, and a hands-off government -- but I think that there's two compelling reasons why Israel has succeeded: Its culture of innovation and experimentation, and a unified society with a higher sense of purpose than just material attainment.
The authors are a bit too glib about Israel's success, and it can be annoying at times. But overall it's a great introduction to Israel's innovation economy.