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Disappointing but some good stuff
on 3 September 2014
Mathew Stewart uses the impossible formula of one chapter theory/history, one chapter the dude's experiences/ observations whilst in the man con business, and so on through the book. The brilliance of Lewis' Liars Poker is that what theory there is is embedded into the narrative. Taylorism has been done to death, so we don't need another chapter about Schmidt or whatever the pig iron hunk is called... or that windbag Porter. This is MBA first year. The characters are not very well drawn, they don't come to life, they enter and then we never hear from them again. There are some paragraphs that are excellent, but you have to machete your way through some dense stuff to get to them. Then it all seems to end up as autobiography.