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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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“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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. I always wanted an in-depth walk-thru of the design and construction of this vessel. Including Perkins' story only sweetened the pot.Published 10 months ago by Alexander P Lorenz
Frankly, I was hoping for quite a bit more on the incredible technology that went into creating this beautiful boat, rather than a justification of the penis measuring contest.Published 18 months ago by Fred Rodgers
I enjoyed reading the book, got an insight into yacht building and the egos that go with it. Parts of the book were very interesting, but equally there were parts that were boring.Published on May 14, 2014 by Mohammed al Barwani
All I want to do after a hard day working for minimum wage is read about this amazingly powerful carrier of Seamen, and it's awesomely endowed* owner. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Tyler Bradford
In depth story telling you the Amazing story behind the building of the Maltese Falcon.
We have seen this vessel a number of times sailing in the West Indies. Read more
Afrer 'Valley Boy" which was fantastic, I went on to read this book about the Big boat, because the chapter there about it was rather brief. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Norbert Kraft