Homer's Travels: Book: Matt Richtel's "A Deadly Wandering"

Monday, April 06, 2015

Book: Matt Richtel's "A Deadly Wandering"

My latest read was a bit disappointing.  Matt Richtel's "A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention" was not what I'd expected.  I thought it would be about how our technology was shortening, or at least affecting, our attention span.  It turns out, while about half of the book was about the neuroscience of attention, the other half of the book was about one texting while driving incident.

There are interesting things in the book but I couldn't help thinking that it felt like a bastardization of a padded magazine article and an episode of Dateline.  The author hashed, and rehashed, the accident details over and over again.  He went into the history and early childhood development of nearly everyone involved in the accident including the lawyers, victim's advocate, and their spouses.  By the end of it all I knew way too much about these people.  It left me feeling a bit 'Meh'.

I still gave this book three starts on Goodreads.  It wasn't bad, per se, but it was not a satisfying read either.

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