In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed
Fairly well-written. The author isn't afraid of losing face in order to write a more accurate description of his experiences, but because of his writing style, this sometimes seems more unnecessary and awkward than insightful. He also spends a little too much time salivating over local cuisine and meandering through strange but irrelevant tangents. However, the insights that this book has on slowing down are invaluable. I would like to read this book again some day with a pad and pull out the important insights. It is definitely worth "suffering" through the slower (ha-ha) sections that lack the insight to find the golden conclusions. Finally, I very much appreciate that this author's tone is definitive. He is completely behind the movement he is writing about, and he isn't afraid to speak authoritatively on the subject, rather than leaving it up to the reader to decide as many authors do. I think in many cases it's important to argue your side convincingly and let the reader be wise enough to seek out a contrary opinion, rather than providing pros and cons and leaving the thesis pretty much up in the air. It makes books more memorable.