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Reasonable, but not very deep.
on December 14, 2014
The primary premise of the book is that carrots-and-sticks approach to motivation is no longer good for many modern jobs, and a better approach is needed, based on intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is then described as having three components - autonomy, mastery and purpose. Based on that, the last chapter gives practical recommendation for work, family and school setting. The book is brief, easy to read, and might be rather helpful if you are new to the concepts.
On the downside, there is not much of scientific background. While books that synthesize existing research can be really good, this one is based on works of Deci and Csikszentmihalyi, both fairly old, and some anecdotal evidence, like 20%-rule at Google (reportedly discontinued as of 2014). There is a list of more recommended books at the end, but it mostly consists of popular titles, not original research. I expected more sources, and more recent ones.
Fair amount of content, such as splitting of intrinsic motivation into autonomy, mastery and purpose, as well as many recommendations, appear to be author's imagination, not necessary validated. It also takes stance similar to "Flow", presenting intrinsic motivation as something entirely separate, with no relation to delayed extrinsic motivation, and often sounding like it's a good thing.
For that reason, I would suggest that watching TED talk by the book author might be enough, followed by more in-depth books.