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Deep Work by Cal Newport
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did not like it

File under - Shallow writing that should have been a blogpost at best.

This book is mostly random commentary on other people's work and content. Almost nothing is original and no studies have been conducted by the author himself. The author's contribution is simply - this researcher found this, I do it this way and you should do it too.

The irony of this book is that the subject matter expert on deep work has produced such shallow content.
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Corey Dutson Fun fact: this book started life as two blog posts. They did a better job of explaining the concepts than this book did by a county mile

Richard Corey, can you please link to the blog posts? That'd be really helpful.

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Anant Prakash Compilation of others work.

Cara YES!!! I ended up skimming because I got more value out of the "in summary" paragraphs at the end. I felt like I was wading through quicksand trying to read this book. I understood the premise from the title and it didn't get much deeper than that.

Dmitry Martirosov Did any of you guys in the comments ever sat down for a long stretch of time and intensely focused on a hard task uninterrupted? Did you? If so, maybe, just maybe you could understand the content of this book.

Richard Actually, the book seems like it’s meant for people who have never experienced that state, which is why the author had to pad it out with meandering passages, irrelevant anecdotes, and pop psychology.

Dmitry Martirosov While that might be true, that doesn’t constitute the only reason one should read this book. But if you actually tried doing what the author suggests, again, you’ll understand why this book is so important.

Richard The book’s ideas are important. The book itself isn’t, because those ideas could have been delivered far more effectively and efficiently as short blog articles without all the unnecessary filler. The book is bad, not the ideas behind them.

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Son Nguyen Agreed. The book is very repetitive on the first 1/3rd on proving the importance and value of deep work.

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Flora Adams I've read a $19.99 dollar book just like that: "It should have been a blog post" kind of book. Not sure if I'll buy this one now. Thanks for the warning!

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