Interests. A memoir by the Microsoft founder who is not Bill Gates comes from Paul Allen, and is titled, Idea Man. Readers interested in technology will find the first third of the book to be required reading. After Allen became ill and left Microsoft, he expanded his horizons beyond technology and used the resources he acquired at Microsoft to spend the rest of his life doing whatever he wants. Most general readers will feel a bit like Walter Mitty when reading about how Allen invested and lost or spent billions on one thing after another. One gets the feeling that Allen really enjoys life, and especially the ways in which the money he gives away is making a difference for society. So often through the book, I reflected how he was so often right, but usually early. About halfway through the book he seems more fallible as he generously describes so many ways in which he was wrong. This is a readable and entertaining memoir about a person with a wide variety of interests and who lives to pursue them all.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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