Calling this a biography is misleading. It's more slobbering, obsessive praise for someone the author clearly worships. The author truly writes his liCalling this a biography is misleading. It's more slobbering, obsessive praise for someone the author clearly worships. The author truly writes his life as if he's a god because he does not a single thing wrong. He's perfect and his work is perfect and everyone loves him and he is always right in every potential conflict. Not that the author actually includes conflict. Any potential conflict is quickly swept away with what basically amounts to people who are mean to Joss suck. This book made me sort of not like Joss Whedon when previously I had admired his work.
I won't even get into how aggravating the authors insistence that Joss is this perfect champion of women. There are many issues with his portrayal of females but that is not even hinted at. The author would have you believe Joss knows women better than women know themselves. Fuck more female writers, we have Joss to speak for us. ...more
This book made me want to know what really happened in many of the stories that are told. Everything comes across as very one sided and complimentaryThis book made me want to know what really happened in many of the stories that are told. Everything comes across as very one sided and complimentary to her and the administration, and I would have preferred a more accurate telling. Obviously, this isn't the platform for that kind of honesty. However, she could have been a little less with the high fives for herself. I can't think of a single thing in this book that would point to a flaw she has, or any insightful analysis about herself. Those are the things that make someone human and contribute to a great memoir. So it's a mediocre "memoir" because really it's her application for why she should be president regardless of what she says at the end. Every single sentence was extremely calculated.
That said, there is a lot of good information about other countries, America's role in diplomacy, how the State Department works, and events that were going on in the world that completely escaped the mainstream news. She is clearly a very knowledgeable and smart woman. Her accomplishments are worthy of immense praise. She just isn't the best person to be slapping her own back about it. She comes off as kinda unlikable at times. It's so awkward reading her talk about pictures of herself going viral, or people quoting her speeches. Perhaps if she was more candid and truthful in this memoir, it would have come across less like she was bragging and more like a quirky part of her life. ...more
These "forbidden" stories weren't even interesting. There's so much potential to explore writing about Song of the South but it in this book it readsThese "forbidden" stories weren't even interesting. There's so much potential to explore writing about Song of the South but it in this book it reads like a very dry IMDB page. I still don't know how a movie Disney refuses to rerelease and has always caused controversy and strife for Disney was chosen as the subject of one of the major rides in the theme parks. This book shines no light on that conundrum or anything else. ...more
I read this book after reading an article about building leaders in children that contained the idea that intelligence in children should not be confuI read this book after reading an article about building leaders in children that contained the idea that intelligence in children should not be confused with maturity. I was intrigued so I sought out the book the idea came from. The basic premise is solid though not really anything new. However, a lot of the advice was really cheesy and inauthentic. Just one example is arranging to have teens "arrested" and brought to jail to teach them a lesson. Who does that? Those kind of set ups seem to contradict one of his main arguments which is teens respond only to authentic and real people and experiences.
This is just another author and another book saying everyone shouldn't get a trophy and while true has been beaten to death already. ...more