A Truck Full of Money

A Truck Full of Money

Book - 2016
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"Like Paul Farmer in Mountains Beyond Mountains, Paul English grew up poor, in working-class Boston, but as Tracy Kidder writes, he had "a mind for the age that was coming." Brilliant, reckless, endlessly energetic, Paul English, after Kayak sold for $2 billion, asked himself: What comes next? Start another company? Use his new wealth to make a difference in the world? With a riveting, page-turning narrative and unmatched storytelling skill, Kidder casts a fresh and critical eye on how new technologies and start-ups, new money, are reshaping our culture."
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812995244
Branch Call Number: 338.761 ENGLI KIDDE
Characteristics: xxiv, 259 pages ; 24 cm


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May 27, 2017

Nicely written and an enjoyable read, but I kept wondering where it was going and never did find out. I suspect the problem is that it reads like fiction, and with a novel one expects a denouement of some kind, which of course is lacking here.

Apr 07, 2017

Really enjoyed this book and the setting. Reading it on the T and passing by some of the locations was a neat experience. Kidder's books have deeply inspired me.

Oct 01, 2016

Geez, I'm sorry but I just found this book so bland, and full of bland superficialities. I enjoyed Kidder's other two books [The Soul of a New Machine] and the one on constructing a house in Vermont a great deal, but this book reminded me of the superficial and less-than-truthful writing of George Leonard back in the 1960s - - 1970s [where he repeated the fictions of substandard newsies as if they were absolute fact: we only use 10% of our brains, a joke by Einstein which a reporter misreported on; lemmings run off cliffs, that 13th monkey fiction, et cetera].
I thought it most fitting that Kidder ended with the character, Paul English, doing his Uber driver gig, ostensibly seeking feedback on his latest travel site, and // connecting with The People \\ - - this guy just doesn't track; as clueless about Uber as he is about everything else, and still stuck at 13.


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