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Mine's Bigger: Tom Perkins and the Making of the Greatest Sailing Machine Ever Built Hardcover – July 3, 2007

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“The man, his ego and his boat are examined with insight and precision.” (Forbes)

“An exhilarating account of how Tom Perkins...created ‘the perfect yacht’...the Maltese Falcon.” (American Heritage)

“Engaging and revealing…brought vividly to life by the adept Kaplan....” (--Daniel Okrent, Fortune)

“I opened Mr. Kaplan’s book with a great deal of interest; I was not disappointed.” (Pete Du Pont, former governor of Delaware, The Wall Street Journal)

“...definitely worth the read.” (USA Today)

“Perkins’ two worlds--high-stakes, big-ego, cutting-edge sailing technology, and high-stakes, big-ego corporate politics--are inextricably linked in MINE’S BIGGER.” (New York Post)

“Inspired.” (Denver Rocky Mountain News)

About the Author

David A. Kaplan is a senior editor at Newsweek. He is the author of The Silicon Boys, a national bestseller that has been translated into six languages. His work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, various Op-Ed pages, Parenting, and Food & Wine. A graduate of Cornell and the New York University School of Law, he lives with his wife and two sons in Irvington, New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (July 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061227943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061227943
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Martin Sklar on July 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
David A. Kaplan has skillfully interwoven the stories of the world's greatest private yacht, its owner Tom Perkins, and of Perkins's Silicon Valley milieu, a subject Kaplan explored well in The Silicon Boys.

As a nonsailor I learned quite a bit about naval architecture, which Kaplan explained well in layman's terms. Perkins's story is remarkable, from his rise at HP to the top of the venture capital food chain, to his dedication to the creation of this new vessel. The ship is described in beautiful detail, and while it could certainly be labeled an object of excess and vanity, we see what a technical marvel it is and how Perkins drove to create something very special, using his own engineering skills and not just his bank account.

Beyond Perkins's drive we also see his devotion to his first wife and his deep sorrow at her passing, his love of sailing for its own sake and his democratic association with his crews. In short, this isn't just a very rich guy with nothing to do but impress his fellow plutocrats.

Kaplan writes with wit and economy. I highly recommend the book.
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"Mine's Bigger" reacquaints us with Tom Perkins, to whom author David A. Kaplan had previously introduced us as one of the leading venture capitalists behind "The Silicon Boys". What follows is the story the "Maltese Falcon", the greatest sailing vessel ever built, a tale in which Perkins is no less driven (and, some might say, no more sane) than the seafaring protagonists of Melville and Hemingway. Along the way, readers will learn more about sailing and nautical engineering than they could ever have imagined caring to know. Although Kaplan literally fell down on the jibe in researching this book, his occupancy of one of the four guest staterooms on the Falcon's maiden voyage is testimony to his ability to go places that few of his readers ever will and come back with details, anecdotes and insight.
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I have been reading David Kaplan's books for over 20 years, and happily recommend his latest: "Mine's Bigger". It tells the story of the world's largest privately-owned sailing vessel and how it was conceived of and designed by its owner, Tom Perkins. Perkins is a legendary venture capitalist (known for his insight, power, and damn good luck in Silicon Valley), and Kaplan peeled a few layers of the SV onion back in "Silicon Boys". As a result, this book is much more than "here's how I built this big boat". Expect a few snarky stories (all in good fun) , helpful exposition on what exactly all those sails are called and why, and some wonderment over how much, er, stuff somebody with more money than God can acquire. Buy it. You will not regret it.
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This is more of a biography of Tom Perkins than about the Maltese Falcon however as you will see the to are intertwined. The book has been criticized by some as overly negative. I think the author does a good job of portraying Perkins as he is, warts and all. Some may not like Perkins style but hey we all have a different walk. One thing for certain he doesn't look at the world from a static point of view.

I admire Tom Perkins for having balls and looking beyond the same old stogy design of most yachts. His was a bold vision for the Maltese Falcon; the yacht would never have been built by a lessor man. This isn't about wealth or power but about a person with a dream and the money to pursue it.
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Anyone who sails will love this book. It tells the story of the construction of the largest sailing yacht ever built and the fascinating man who built it. Kaplan writes knowledgeably and clearly. An ideal summer vacation read.
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Of course it helps if you happen to be a Silicon Valley / Entrepreneurship / Sybaritic life enthusiast, and no - you don't need to know zilch about boats in order to enjoy this read. Mr. Kaplan has captured the essence of a man about the size of this sailing yacht - at least in terms of ambition, curiosity and hands-on delivery of World-class, for the reader's joy. From minutia in the Hewlett-Packard BOD to what goes on in a shipyard on the Adriatic coast, Kaplan's attention to detail and swift penmanship takes the reader to places he/she might not have expected to have seen. But the most interesting visit of all: the inside of the head of a mastermind venture capitalist, a consummate engineer and a project-builder second to none. Highly recommended!!!
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If you're interested in sailboats, you'll enjoy this book. If you're interested in business, you'll enjoy this book. If you're interested in how the wealthy live, you'll enjoy this book. If you're interested in "people" and what makes them tick, you'll enjoy this book.If you're interested in a combination of these things you'll absolutely love this book. Happy reading!
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A great read about a fascinting and innovative yacht which merges old and new technology very gracefully. In addition, the author gives the reader great insight into Tom Perkins personality and how he earned his way into owning the Maltese Falcon.
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