In The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison, author Mike Wilson delivers a fascinating and genuinely interesting portrayal of Silicon Valley's most notorious bad boy, constructed from hundreds of interviews with friends, colleagues, and those unfortunate enough to stand in Ellison's way. There are plenty of behind-the-scenes stories of the growth and worldwide success of Oracle, which Ellison founded in 1977. Plus, there's plenty of the good stuff: tales of Ellison's truly fast-lane lifestyle, filled with big boats, beautiful women, and celebrity friends. While this book probably won't transform you into a fan of Ellison's, you will be grateful for a chance to observe him--from a safe distance.
The punchline is "God doesn't think he's Larry Ellison," of course.
The book flows well, is interesting to read, and gives good insight into Larry Ellison himself as well as Oracle. Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by Anna Cannington
Very good read, I couldn't put this book down until I was finished, larry is the man.Published on July 17 2003
"Greed is Good." from the movie Wallstreet, said by Gordon GekkoPublished on June 23 2003 by "chrisdoggeydogg"
I found the book a fairly easy read. It was informative and each quote was marked with a 'who said it' reference in the back of the book. Read morePublished on April 9 2002
I seldom read any books but this one.
This is the book for which I can read like a movie.
The author describes how Ellison uses talented people to built his Empire, and... Read more
Would highly reccommend to anybody in corporate management. Provides great insight not only into Ellison on a biographical level, but also brings up questions of buisness ethics... Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2001 by Phil Dade
This sorry excuse for a book exhibited some of the worst writing I have come across in recent times. If you want some good reading, check out the New New Thing by Michael Lewis. Read morePublished on July 30 2001
This pathetic book takes a very very shallow look at Larry Ellison, the man and a cheap shot at Oracle Corporation. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2001
A fascinating read, but I was quite surprised to find no discussion of Attention Deficit Disorder in this book. Much of Mr. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2000 by nonamespecified