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Damning

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-19

I’ve been a labour member for 10 years and this book made me cancel my membership. Corbyn is repeatedly portrayed as ideological, inflexible and pretty dim.

That being said, Bower is by no means an objective biographer. He doesn’t have a good thing to say about any Labour politician or policy. As mentioned in the press there are a couple of factual innacuracies in the book. (i.e Cat Stephens being a Labour Party activist-not true). However, the stories about Corbyn especially in regards to Antisemitism and associating with terrorists are eye-opening and if not true Corbyn should sue for libel.

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Well Argued.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-18

In comparison to Chasing the Scream it’s not as interesting a story. However, Johann makes an eloquent argument for changing the way we see and treat depression. Although nothing in this book is particularly new to me (I’m in the healthcare field) he does a good job of pulling the strands together. My only real criticism is he spends too little time directly quoting his interviewees and too much time on his analysis of what they have said. I think it would have been stronger to let their statements speak for themselves the the listener draw their own conclusions.

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Intrresting but very one sided.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-17

The story of an older, experienced journalist joining a tech startup is an interesting one. Undoubtedly Dan is right that there is a lot wrong with the culture at GitHub however I also believe there is a lot wrong with his analysis. A lot of the book focuses on ageism at github and how older workers are discriminated against. However Dan seems to have a very scathing attitude towards young people himself describing them often as ‘kids’. His economic assessment of Tech Companies stock prices also seems very biased. He kept banging on about how these companies made no money and this were overvalued. However most companies especially in IT are all about building a base and then monetising it i.e Facebook.

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Incredibly well researched and argued

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-16

One of the most informative books I have ever read. Andrew Feinstein seems like a throughly decent and honest man and it's a shame he's no longer a politician but excellent that he is able to shine a light on one of the most damage of political and industrial relationships.

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