Sep 13, 08
The beginning of the book started fairly well, at least enough to pique my interest enough to purchase the book. PDB does a good job of chronicling his classes and experiences at HBS, but I thought it was a little too cursory. There were many characters introduced, but not a lot of depth to any one of them. This book read more like a series of anecdotes than something with an overall storyline.
Still, there were a couple of things about this book that I liked. PDB was an atypical student, already having a lot of business experience, a young family, an a background that left him a little behind the other students in terms of preparation for b-school. Seeing the challenges of the b-school curriculum through his eyes, both in the classroom and when applying for jobs (without ever getting an offer), resonated well with how I expect my own b-school experience to be one day.
The end of the book was a little tired, as PDB embarked on his soliloquy about what needed to be changed at HBS. His ideas are sound, but they felt much more like high-level ideas rather than concrete proposals. I guess the HBS mentality came through, and he started mouthing off like an executive.. :-)
Worth an airplane read for sure...