Wise Guy by Guy Kawasaki | Book Review

Wise Guy is a collection of lessons that Guy Kawasaki, Silicon Valley icon and renowned author, learned during this two stints at Apple (he was a part of the original Macintosh team in the 1980s during the Steve Jobs’ years) but more so, the wisdom that prevented him from taking the job when it was offered a third time, and instead made his mark in other aspects of the business world.

In each chapter, Guy shares vignettes from his life, followed by a few paragraphs tabbed Wisdom, with little nuggets that he has taken from those moments, and which he hopes to pass on to the reader. Stories range from in scope from the teachers who challenged Guy during his childhood in Hawaii, to having his shoes shined by Virgin Atlantic billionaire owner Richard Branson, to trying and failing to forge an association with Hilary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign to taking up surfing at age 62.

I found Wise Guy easy to read, humorous in parts but also deliberate in providing meaningful content. I appreciated the book recommendations that Kawasaki shares – books that have influenced him over the years, as well as what he hopes the reader (and aspirating writer) might glean from that book and it’s author. I enjoyed the multiplicity of presentation styles included in the book ranging from photographs of Guy’s family and his 9th grade report card to speech transcripts from his 2012 commencement address, to bulleted lists of lessons learned at Apple. The variety kept me interested and is a testament to Guy’s mastery of social engagement, proven in his earlier books.

I received a free electronic Advanced Reader Copy courtesy of Netgalley and the publishers. in order to complete this review however this did not influence my opinion of the book.

Having read other books by Kawasaki before, I would recommend this one for its motivational tone but also for the practical lessons it communicates as well as Guy’s riveting delivery which means the anecdotes and their meaning will resonate even after you’ve closed the pages.

Book Details

  • Title: Wise Guy
  • Author: Guy Kawasaki
  • Publisher: Portfolio
  • Publication Date: February 26, 2019
  • Pages: 269


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