I didn’t like the book at all. It was written as a fictional novel. I think the author wanted to make it entertaining.
The author, being a journalist, did a lot of moral judgment, which is not unusual to read and unexpected given his profession. What happened to the idea of presenting facts and let the reader make their conclusions?
Also, I am afraid that all this moralizing will sway some people opposite direction, which is even sadder.
While reading the book, I realize that for the last eight years in the tech industry, I knew only a handful of engineers who would blindly believe in the cult of the CEO. Most of the engineers I know are always skeptical about cult figures. It seems to me that for the best part of the last decade, media first build tech CEO into the cult, and then got disappointed at them. But why did they make the cult in the first place? Inside the companies, it never felt like that to me.
Again, very disappointed by the book. It covered important issues but delivered them in a terrible and sensationalist way.
Also, the author tried to create a story from every single piece of information. Reporting shouldn’t be that much about stories. It should be about facts and data. This modern over-obsession with making everything into the story is sad.
Good read if you want to have some insights about life of startup founder, product manager/engineer in the Silicon Valley. Book has a lot of pretty intimate details and a lot of humor (but not the type I like).
The book itself is too long. Easily can be done in 10 blog posts or shorter stories.