Gripping reading, some of my family comes from a similar background to this book, so it was interesting gaining insights from this work of fiction intGripping reading, some of my family comes from a similar background to this book, so it was interesting gaining insights from this work of fiction into my own past. The battle with poverty, alcoholism and the daily setbacks of life in a "lower class" area in Dublin is the background for this tale. Reasonably fast paced and entertaining, dark at times but ultimately positive....more
I've wanted to know more about Descartes for a few years after an interesting conversation with a colleagueCogito, ergo sum (I think, therefore I am).
I've wanted to know more about Descartes for a few years after an interesting conversation with a colleague who was studying philosophy at the time.
This book was an introduction for me, both to the world of Philosophy and to Descartes himself.
I was saddened by some of what I read about the nature of the man. The book describes Descartes as a flawed intellectual, someone with deep insight but an almost petty sensibility.
In retrospect I think I was a little disappointed by the book - but it could be because I was hoping for more of a general introduction to philosophy, or for the book to cater more for a novice. I wouldn't recommend it to someone merely curious about philosophy; it's more likely to be entertaining or informative to someone who has an established interest.
What kept me reading was the tension shown in Descartes - between his faith and his learning; otherwise the detail of the history would have pushed me away. ...more
After reading a biography of Descartes last year I am intrigued to hear the thoughts in this book; thoughts that question the foSo much to think about
After reading a biography of Descartes last year I am intrigued to hear the thoughts in this book; thoughts that question the foundations of modern culture. In many ways Earth shaking if you think about it. Humbly written, I consider myself indebted to the author. Definitely worth the read, it's quite likely you may decide at some page that you wish to throw the book across the room (if it's an electronic copy I wouldn't recommend this)....more
A kind of inspiring book for any software developer. I feel like it showed me a glimpse of what it might be like to work for a company full of incrediA kind of inspiring book for any software developer. I feel like it showed me a glimpse of what it might be like to work for a company full of incredibly smart and committed employees.
It made me wonder how much the fact that the whole team works remotely from home encourages them to excel and to do wonderful work - perhaps it's an added incentive, the fact that they need to show that it can work?
Some great insights into team leadership and the way successful managers think.
I don't know if the title "the future of work" is really valid. But still very interesting to read....more
Good book with some refreshing themes. The author has a clear sense of Gods call and what it means to follow Christ. There were times I wished he explGood book with some refreshing themes. The author has a clear sense of Gods call and what it means to follow Christ. There were times I wished he explored certain themes more thoroughly, for example the topic of civil disobedience in the name of Christ is intriguing, there were moments I felt like I wished I could have asked him to explain more.
Today I think a simple call to following Christ *at all* seems more appropriate than a call to follow "at all costs". The world no longer professes to be a Christian world. if indeed it ever did.
Great discussion questions although at times very personal...more
I enjoyed the book. Recently the press has published articles confirming this as being the "most accurate" account (so far) of what happened.
InterestiI enjoyed the book. Recently the press has published articles confirming this as being the "most accurate" account (so far) of what happened.
Interesting how the author used the opportunity to explain the dedication and talent needed to be in this "business". These guys know how to do what they do. He is clearly (and probably rightly so) proud of his team and what they are about.
I felt like it was written without giving much thought to the "bigger" questions like "why" any of this is necessary, or what the war is actually all about; the author sticks to the facts and the mission without straying into the "dangerous" questions. From this perspective, I think it's an interesting and intriguing read.
The book is well crafted and gripping; surprisingly clean cut.
A quote that was meaningful to me: "Here there was no limit on how good you could be and what you could contribute". He writes this about being accepted into an elite group of soldiers. I love this idea, and I wonder how good it must feel to be able to contribute in an "unlimited" way to the success of your team. Not something many of us can say about our work!
Some interesting perspectives, insights and life lessons wrapped in an entertaining read....more