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on June 22, 2003
Po Bronson is Touched by an Angel, Nightrider, the Ghosts of Christmas Eve, George Baillys Angel etc --- I know this because he tells us over an over again. PO likes PO.
This book is not a cook book on self realization - as many reviewers have said. So do not buy it if you are looking for that. If you are looking for peer commiseration - this is it.
It is a series of vingettes, only distracted by the telling of POs own defensiveness of career moves that never seem like he is being quite honest to himself. His career's were consistent with any 20 - 30 year old, self sabaotged with ego and the grass is greener. Ironically, he emphisises his many unethical behaviors to escape his paths. Interesting in this age of, Dot-com insider trading, Enron and Martha Stewart criticism. The rest of the PO story is a struggle with writing this book. Very evident in organization.
A re-read the book with a sharpie and highlighter. I highlighted the key take-aways from each story and retitled the chapter - I ran a sharpie through the PO story, except his vignette. What I now have is not a 350 page biography, but a 200 page focused story of peoples struggles, decisions, and frustrations with their own professional lives.
The book really could be very good, you should read a used or borrowed copy - it just suffers from ego, poor structure and too much Po.
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on June 8, 2004
Po Bronson graduated from Stanford with a degree in Economics and then went on to a relatively successful career in i-banking. Suddenly he realized that his life was meaningless and be chucked it all be become a writer (What else?).
He wrote this book about Yuppies like him who are seeking meaning in their lives. For the most part, they come up with the expected answers -- religion, teaching, working for non-profits.
Because Bronson is relatively young (30s), he lacks the experience necessary to provide true insight (Sorry, Po, Silicon Valley existed long before you wrote about it). Because most of his subjects are his age and come from similarly privileged backgrounds, they do too. It would have proven more fruitful for him to have talked with some older people who had fought in the trenches and gained the perspective to view the quest from the far end.
The subject obviously struck a chord. It remains for someone else to understand and explain it.
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on August 7, 2003
The book presents a large number of cases that are neither well-categorised nor described.
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on July 19, 2003
The book presents a large number of cases that are neither well-categorised nor described.
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on December 23, 2004
I began reading the book with a lot of spectation, but after the 4th or 5th chapter I was bored. It's about life of people that decided to change their lifes but it's just too superficial.

I left the book, and just when I don't have anything else to read I open it again and read one more life.

I hope there are better books to help us decide a change of life style.
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on April 1, 2003
After seeing the author and several of his subjects on Oprah, I bought the book. Unfortunately, the Oprah show made the book seem much more interesting than it really is. I found it boring, and the author's analysis of his subjects seemed forced and simply did not ring true to me. Overall, a disappointment.
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