Random House, 2016
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
"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"
The tone of A Truck Full of Money surprised me. I expected the biography to read like a fiction novel, but instead it read more like a long magazine (or newspaper) article. Some of the more interesting parts included details about the city of Boston, Paul Farmer’s earlier jobs and where he was on September 11, 2001. Some of the harder to read parts were detailed business descriptions and money talk. It was depressing at times reading about how (relatively) easy it was for Farmer to make millions. Overall, learning about someone way smarter than me was interesting and it was a nice change of pace for me.