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More Of An Overview With No New Insights
on January 21, 2012
As other reviewers have indicated this book is very shallow with no new insights. For even the casual reader of The Wall Street Journal, any national business magazine, or any form of media that reports on Bezos or Amazon, the stories and examples covered in this book would be familiar. This is not an informed insider's account and I did not get the impression that the author had any interaction with the people in the book, including Bezos himself. This is simply a book that has been put together from various common knowledge stories.
The writing throughout was overly simplistic and at times downright bad, i.e. from page 149..."Borders Group, Inc., the second largest bookstore chain, is suffering like a CEO with swine flu." I don't even understand the premise of this statement? Companies apparently live and die by the actual health of their top executive? It is a ridiculous analogy, a sophomoric simile that ends up being an insult to the challenges that any of the big box book stores were going through as the industry they had once mastered changed before they could even understand what was happening. At the end of the day, I guarantee the CEO of Borders only wished he had contracted the swine flu...I am sure that is far less painful than filing for bankruptcy and laying off thousands of hard working employees across the country.
This book's usefullness is limited to being source material for a high school business class essay and not much more.