So I like Google. Not the company per se, as it is just a company, but the products and services it provides and the fact that most of those products cost me nothing. I am also interested in how their success came about so I think it is fairly natural that I should have expected to enjoy this book.
I did not.
First of all let me tell you what I did like about the book. The cover is nice. Quite simple and to the point, a kind of like the Google home page. Perhaps it’s kind of comforting. Secondly, the paper is decent quality. I like that in a book. Not that I have anything against digital books. I do expect to get a Kindle or Kindle equivalent at some point in my life. When I have more time to read…
Yes, I do read. I have enjoyed it since a young age. Yes. Before the internet.
‘a gripping book, written like a detective story … expertly told’ -Daily Mail
The above quote is the blurb from the cover of The Google Story. It’s bullshit. Either the author hasn’t read the Google Story or he has never read a detective story because I have read the Google Story and many detective stories and I can tell you unequivocally that this book is neither gripping nor written like a detective story.
Perhaps it was a bad paraphrase and the original phrase went something like this:
not a gripping book, written like a detective story nor expertly told
The book reads like Wikipedia. Just a linear telling of how Google came about. In fact one reviewer at Amazon.com said:
Even Wikipedia is more accurate than this book. – E. Ribeiro
The author is David A. Vise. And you can get this book at Amazon.com or the bargain bin at your local book store (if there are any local bookstores left). Or you could just read the Wikipedia article. It’s free.